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Teen Art Wanderings this Summer

In this mixed media drawing course, We will work largely in the field, as well as taking photos to use later as references and discuss. The course is open to teen girls age 13 and 14 who wish to experiment with various media including acrylics, watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, charcoal and collage. Students will explore the styles of contemporary artists who focus on landscape, nature, botany and the urban landscape. Only 4 students = lots of individual attention.

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Syrinx Effect to Perform at Sound Gallery

Syrinx Effect plays at Sound Gallery April 15th! Naomi Moon Siegel and Kate Olson. An acoustic-electric duo with endless possibilities, Syrinx Effect plays their own blend of folk punk jazz. They easily switch between dreamy ambient loops, catchy pop riffs and found sounds, all the while paying homage to their free improv roots. Come support live jazz in Helena Montana -- call us to reserve seats. Limited to 48 seats. See you!

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Sunday Art Sesh – Intuitive Painting Series

Mary Beth Shaughnessy "Untitled" painting

A Four-Part Workshop:

Mindful Art using Your Intuition

Dec 4 & 18 and Jan 8 & 15 from 2 to 5pm

This series of four Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to explore how meditation, mindfulness and intuition can lead or inform our creativity. Whether you are an experienced artist, new to art, or someone interested in letting your creativity blossom, you will find something delightful and inspiring in this series.

The class is limited to 5 students. If you are interested, please sign up soon, as these workshops fill fast. You can sign up by paying online (any of the buttons below.) If you can’t pay online, please give me a call 431-9931 to reserve your space in the series.

Who: Women age 20+  … experienced artists or budding artists or non-artists. Anyone who wants to get down and get creative! Maureen Shaughnessy is your instructor.
What: Four workshop sessions on intuitive painting techniques
Cost: $160 for the 4 sessions. If you would like to attend but cannot afford the tuition, please ask about scholarships. We have a small scholarship fund to help you pay.
Dates: Dec 4 and 18, 2016 AND Jan 8 and 15, 2017 (must sign up for all 4, because each sesh builds on the previous sesh.
Times: Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 5pm
Where: 434 North Last Chance Gulch (studio in back of 1+1=1 Gallery)
What to Bring: All art supplies will be provided. Please bring a small plate of your favorite snack to share with the group.

Here’s What We’ll Do: 

December 4, 2016 – Everyone will have an opportunity to make a half dozen or so handmade paint brushes using lots of different materials. Depending on time, we will experiment with our new brushes, developing our own vocabulary of marks: shapes, patterns and textures.

Handmade brushes
Handmade brushes

December 18, 2016 – Beginning with a peaceful meditation and quiet breathwork, we will center our hearts and bodies … and focus our minds. This session is about letting go of preconceived ideas; letting your intuition and your breath lead your hand and brush; and seeing where your deep inner no-mind takes you. Using our handmade brushes as well as Japanese brushes and a very limited palette of ink and paint, we’ll create designs based on the Enzo concept. We won’t be limited to circles. I encourage everyone to work with circles at first, and after you’ve taken that as far as you wish, let your intuition further develop your mark-making vocabulary (begun in the first sesh.)




January 8, 2017  – as you are beginning a new year and maybe trying to shed some old habits, you will get deeply in touch with your intuition in this session. We’ll start with a beautiful slideshow — cycling quickly through many intuitive paintings — to stimulate your creative juices and give you some ideas of the possibilities. Then we will spend the rest of the afternoon getting our minds out of the way. You can choose to paint on a large wood panel, heavy weight paper, or both. Paint to music; paint with your whole body – these are just two methods of stimulating the no-mind-intuitive artist inside us. Intuitive painting has alot to do with making marks (the kind we develop as we find our voice, that we explored in the first two sessions) and responding to the marks. Making more marks and responding again. And again. It’s fun. It’s deeply fufilling. There are no mistakes.

January 15, 2017 – During this session we will work further on the paintings we began in the last sesh. Setting aside your artwork for a time then coming back to it when you are refreshed and in a different mood — really takes your painting to a new level. We’ll start with a group discussion of how the last sesh felt for each of us, and talk about our paintings with positive feedback. I will give a couple of demonstrations of techniques — just to give you ideas of where you might take your paintings this time.  Again, we will have music in the studio to help your ideas and creative juices flow.




Thank you for reading this far. Hope to see you at one of my art classes soon. <3

Dan McArdle featured in new documentary video

We are happy to welcome Helena Montana woodcarver, Dan McArdle, to our roster of artists at 1+1=1 Gallery. He is part of our current two-artist exhibit titled “Forest Stream Prairie.”

This is Dan’s very first gallery exhibit and his artwork has sold extremely well. There are only two of his large carvings and a handful of his Pacific Big Leaf Maple panels remaining. If you haven’t been in to the gallery to see Forest Stream Prairie yet, you still have time. The show comes down on Monday, November 14th to make room for our Annual Small Works holiday show. Please stop by anytime during gallery hours (Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 6) or check out the online catalog here.

Helena Civic Television has a regular program created by Jeanie McLean Warden, which is all about local artists. She creates documentary-style videos of one artist at a time. We love this one about Dan McArdle. He speaks so eloquently about his background, philosophy and wood carving process. Worth watching for sure.

Sunday Art Sesh – Dream Art Series

This series of two Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to -- artfully -- explore and encourage their dreams, or learn to help others do this. Whether you are an experienced artist, new to art, a therapist, or someone interested in letting your creativity blossom, you are going to love this dream illustration series.

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Forest Stream Prairie Oct 7 to Nov 14 2016

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE (Oct 7th and runs through Nov 14th) features new works by two Helena artists. Dan McArdle will show his latest sculptural relief wood carvings of stream bottoms with trout, prairie grasses and Big Leaf Maple leaves.  Maureen Shaughnessy has been working on a new series of delicately detailed monoprints inspired by Montana grasslands and forests.

Bob Nell Acclaimed Jazz Pianist

Sound Gallery Presents
Bob Nell in Concert Sunday September 25th, 2016



Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for another fabulous performance of original music — this time, Bozeman composer and performer extraordinaire Bob Nell performs his own jazz piano solos.Listen Button

innovative. tender. Unpredictable. Extraordinary. Sublime. Brilliant. Simply Great. Words and phrases used to describe Bob Nell and his music.


The MASTER is coming to town. Bob Nell transcends genre. He is one of the most gifted composer/performer’s to come from Montana. Music lovers of all stripes – this concert IS NOT TO BE MISSED! ~Bob Packwood



Sound Gallery September Performance: Bob Nell

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery 434 N. Last Chance Gulch
When: Sunday, Sept 25 7:00 to 9pm
What: from 7 to 7:30, complimentary beverage & snacks served.
MUSIC STARTS and the house lights go down — promptly at 7:30.

How much? No ticket charge for the concert. Pay-what-you-can donation.
Sound Gallery concerts have no charge, but we gratefully accept donations large or small, so we can pay the musicians and tune the piano. We appreciate your generosity. Thank you!

Seating is very limited. We strongly recommend that you call, text or email us to reserve your seat(s). Call/text the gallery at 406.431.9931 or email info@1plus1is1.com to reserve your seats.

Sound Gallery concerts are …

… original, new, sometimes experimental music performances although occasionally we feature artists who mix pieces by other composers and musicians into their program. We have also featured poetry and spoken-word performances and hope to expand our offerings to performances of any kind that fit the mission of Sound Gallery. We appreciate all of you folks who continue to support live music and this venue for performing arts in an intimate setting such as our art gallery.


Call 406.431.9931 for more information about the performance, OR to reserve your seat.

Don’t wait! We have only 46 seats total.

Sound Gallery Founder Honored with Award

M.J. Williams, founder of Sound Gallery in Helena Montana, and acclaimed jazz vocalist, trombonist and composer, is one of five distinguished Montana artists who will be honored in December, 2016, as a recipient of the Governor's Arts Award. The other honorees are Jack Gladstone, Neal and Karen Lewing, Rick Newby and Patrick Zentz.

The awards ceremony will be held on December 2nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Montana State Capitol.I am so proud to say that I know and work with Willie! I'll be there!

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Forest Stream Prairie Art Exhibit

Stream by Daniel McCardle

Please join us for the opening reception of our newest art exhibit, FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE on Friday evening October 7th.

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery 434 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena
When: Oct 7th 5 to 8 pm
What: artist talks 5:30-6pm … reception 6-8pm

Artists featured in the exhibit will give casual gallery talks from 5:30 to 6pm. The talks are short, so there will be time for questions during that half hour.  After the talks, we’ll break out some wine and appetizers and party til 8 pm. Come meet the artists, enjoy their spectacular artwork and have a great evening with friends new and old!

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE features new works by two Helena artists. Dan McArdle will show his latest sculptural relief wood carvings of stream bottoms with trout, prairie grasses and Big Leaf Maple leaves.  Maureen Shaughnessy has been working on a new series of delicately detailed monoprints inspired by Montana grasslands and forests.

The reception is free and kid-friendly. We’d love to see you and your friends Friday evening. If you can’t make it on the 7th, you still have time to see the show — the work will be on display until November 14th, with a nice evening during the Fall Art Walk on November 4th, to view the art in a festive atmosphere. Come in anytime during gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday. See you!