Jeannette Gallery’s “Bat Country” exhibition explores creepy, wacky and frightening themes


Although “Bat Country Revisited” is the name of the new exhibition at You are the to Jeannette, the art space won’t entirely look like a Halloween store.

Some of the artwork will feature bats and other fantastic creatures adjacent to Halloween, but some will use the bat theme metaphorically, said Mary Briggs, co-founder of the gallery.

“It’s about ‘going crazy,’ she said.

The exhibition is an opportunity for artists to take flight with their work and express themselves in a whimsical way, said curator and exhibiting artist Natalie Condrac.

“There are pinches of the scary, the awkward and everything on the spectrum,” she said.

“We call it ‘scary cute’,” the exhibiting artist said. Kepi ​​Ghoulie.

“Bat Country” opens with a free reception from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 406 Clay Ave. Running through October 31, the exhibition will feature works by five individual artists and a duo of artists working in media such as print, painting, ceramics, papier mache and mixed media.

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Exhibiting artist Kepi Ghoulie (left) and curator Natalie Condrac with accessories for the “Bat Country Revisited” exhibition inaugurated on September 25 at the You Are Here art space in Jeannette.

Condrac’s multimedia works range from detailed miniatures and collages of found objects to immersive art installations. She says she is fascinated by “all that is mysterious and scary,” and that all of her works have a story and a hidden narrative.

Ghoulie, a California-based artist and musician, creates acrylic and watercolor paintings that contain themes of cryptozoology and unsolved mystery.

The other artists presented are:

• Kara zuzu, a Pittsburgh-based ceramist who makes small, functional pieces such as hand-ornate mugs, as well as large sculptures. Her work is inspired by animals, women and her life experiences.

• Chris “B-Face” Barnard, an outsider based in Boston artist and musician whose work, including shirts and art cards, is well known in underground punk.

• Beth yadamec, librarian at the Jeannette public library.

• Jam, an artist duo offering “a resolutely unique approach to jugs and face cups”.

In conjunction with the reception, Ghoulie and Barnard will be playing music at 3 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater near the gallery at 501 Clay Ave.

Ghoulie will also be giving a free family concert at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jeannette Public Library, 500 Magee Ave. Founder of the pop-punk group the Groovy Ghoulies, Ghoulie also creates and performs country, folk and children’s music.

The gallery will also host a public workshop on October 16, where people can help create large masks and puppets that will be featured in Jeannette’s Halloween parade.


Shirley McMarlin is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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