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Shirley McMarlin

Things got a little batty Aug. 17 at You Are Here art gallery in Jeannette.

That was the plan, though.

It was the opening reception for “Bat Country,” a group exhibition of works taking inspiration from the oft-feared creatures of the night.

Running through Sept. 28, “Bat Country” features works by Westmoreland County artists Nora Thompson and Brian McCall, both known for their whimsical, quizzical and maybe slightly twisted aesthetics. Joining them is San Francisco-area artist Johnny Dismal, who says he makes “cute and creepy art” with influences like Edward Gorey and Bill Waterson.

The show was curated by Mary Briggs, Jen Costello and Dan Overdorff.

Also showing in the center’s hallway gallery is work by Dominic Lazzini, 19, of Pittsburgh.

The reception included the launch of a poetry installation on the back of the gallery building, featuring a group toast and reading. YAH “Poetry Czar” Scott Silsbe and a panel of readers chose work by Don Wentworth and Bart Solarczyk from among submitted pieces.

Food, roots music by Teri Hayes and Alice Backer and a good time was enjoyed by all.

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