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Upcoming Exhibit – From Earth

Tidepool Bowl by Trudy Skari
FROM EARTH: Clay & Pigment

 

Our next exhibit opens Friday, August 18th and of course, we invite you to join us for an opening night reception from 5 to 8pm. Three ceramic artists join one of our favorite painters with all new works in clay and acrylic paint. All four of these artists have been with us since our first year and we are proud to exhibit their newest work!

With diverse mediums, techniques and styles, the exhibit is curated to connect us with the source of our creative vision – our Earth.

Featured artists are Andrea Cross Guns, Gregg Edelen, Trudy Skari and Susan Mattson. Please join us during the reception to meet the artists and hear brief gallery talks between 5:30 and 6pm. Wine and appetizers will be served after the talks.

Come at 5pm if you have your eye on something and want first dibs! (We will update the website with photos of some of the artworks as we receive them. Contact us if you see something you want.)

Andrea Cross Guns has been working hard in her studio painting into the wee hours. Her background as a teacher, poet, musician and composer play beautifully into the evolution of her newest paintings. I cannot wait to hang this show because it’s been awhile since we’d had new paintings by Andrea. Our walls will be vibrating with expressive color — I’m so excited!

Gregg Edelen will have all-new atmospheric kiln pottery, including some fabulous naked-raku vessels in the exhibit. We have  gorgeous new serving platters, yunomi cups, tea bowls, tumblers, whiskey shots and mugs by Gregg. Tim Carney will have a few traditional Japanese tomobaku boxes available for Gregg’s yunomi’s and tea bowls. You have to see how the cups look in a tomobaku — they make wonderful gifts!

Susan Mattson’s latest work is a further development of her sought-after vessels with torsos or animal heads on top. As she makes the vessels, she forms hundreds of faces on the outside, each feature individually marked with clay tools, and each face the result of a meditative, transformative personal process. The energy she embues in her sculptures is palpable, remarkable and often unanticipated.

Trudy Skari continues to take her ceramic sculptures in new directions and has been branching out into both functional and non-functional sculptural pottery. Trudy has recently begun working with more texture, and will be showing some sculptural platters and bowls reminiscent of tide pools, the forest floor and sumptuous gardens. You will be surprised and delighted to see Trudy’s newest artwork, as well as some of your favorite, expressive Trudy-heads and small sculptures.

Elements of Earth used by the four artists are the common thread in this exhibit.
Clays used for ceramic sculpture or functional pottery come from the Earth, and are transformed by Fire — from something resembling skin, leather, powder and milk — to a durable substance like stone or hard dry river banks.
Clay fields are shaped by water and the sun, cracking over time into surfaces of mystery and fascination. Artists shape clay with hands and tools, with water, fire and pigments into objects of beauty, sensuality and function.
Painters move pigment around on their surface of choice with brushes, knives and fingers. Their pigments made from earth: diatoms, carbon, cadmium, copper, china clay, iron oxide and other minerals and these days, pigments synthesized from minerals like petroleum. Some pigments include clay: China clay, viridian, umber and sienna.
As you look around at the artwork in this exhibit, consider how each artist utilizes earth elements to express their unique voice and take on life.

Welcome our Newest Gallery Staff

Introducing Claire Bachofner

 

I was humbled by the many wonderful job applicants for our position at 1+1=1 Gallery.

I was truly humbled by the interest and enthusiasm of the fifteen individuals who were interested in continuing and enlarging upon the service our gallery provides for the community of Helena, Montana. We had two applicants from other cities in Montana, as well as many very qualified applicants from Helena, from all walks of life. It was difficult to narrow down the field, and we are grateful to everyone who applied. Thank you so much for your interest!

After a process I was new to (and with the help of one of our artists, Maureen Cole, who is a retired human resources director for the Forest Service) we chose someone we believe will take 1+1=1 to a new level with Tim and myself. She is an incredible human being: I already know that by spending time with her at the gallery, and hearing nothing but 1000% (not an extra zero there) positive remarks about her from everyone who knows her and has worked with her. I am super excited to have Claire on the gallery team. And I think all of our customers and represented artists will love her.

Claire and her partner, Phil, have two kiddos, ages two and four. She majored in Creative Writing at UM in Missoula and loves to write, practice yoga, spend time outdoors and model one of the best self-care-practices I’ve heard of. She is generous, eloquent, friendly, smart, knowledgeable about art and best of all, enthusiastic about the mission of our art gallery. 

Claire will be helping me stay in better touch with collectors, our roster of artists and potential artists, customers and media. She will be more in charge than I am, of social media (though I’m not going to give it up) and advertising; help plan events and exhibits, make press releases, update our website, write articles on our artists, gallery updates and newsletters and generally do much more communication than I have had time to do over the last almost 4 years. I’m sure I will be calling her our communications-angel very very soon.

What this means for me besides better communications with everyone who cares about our gallery? Omg — it means I will have more time to make my own art in my studio. And maybe more time to teach more workshops and art classes to kids and adults. I am so thankful for that. I can’t wait!

Claire will generally be at the gallery 4 days a week, so please stop by sometime soon and welcome her to the gallery and to the 400 block of Last Chance Gulch.

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Claire Bachofner,  welcome! Thank you for taking a chance with us.

Downtown Helena First Friday Tabla Jazz Fusion and Indian appetizers

Join us Friday, August 4th for Downtown Helena’s First Friday celebration!

We have a fun family-friendly special event planned for the evening.

Veggie Pakoras and ice cold chai by Ishinder Kaur …  Live performance of Tabla-Jazz Fusion by Jaskrit and Haransh Singh from 5:30 to 7:45 or so.

Hope you can make it to the 400 Block anytime between 5 and 8pm. Homemade traditional Indian appetizers will be served until the food and drink are gone. We’ll have other cool beverages for those who don’t want chai. 😉

While you’re enjoying the music and refreshments, take in our current exhibit, the First Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Invitational, and check out what we’ve put up in the Back Gallery. As always, we offer the best (!) gift wrapping in town — it’s free and given with love.

 

We know there are many events happening this weekend, and Friday in particular. Consider spending a little time supporting your very special downtown before or after you attend another event!

Come listen to Jaskrit and Haransh Singh’s fabulous fusion of Indian tabla and jazz music, then head over to the Herb & Garden, Funky Trunk, Aizada Imports and JMac’s Pottery. AND — Don’t miss the 3rd anniversary party of Mountain Sage Gallery right across the street from 1+1=1. They’re planning a fun birthday-bash.

Everything is free! We hope to see you at the gallery. Call 431-9931 for more info.

Encaustic Workshops with Darla Myers

One-Day Intro to Encaustic Workshops at 1+1=1 Gallery Studio

Learn the Basics of Encaustic Painting in an intimate, hands-on, art-studio class setting. All supplies included, just bring yourself and fearless creativity.

September 17, 10 – 4:30
October 7, 10-4:30
Cost per one-day workshop: $150 includes instruction, all materials and tools, and a gourmet lunch

Choose one or both workshops

 

In these Introduction to Encaustic Painting workshops, you will learn the history of encaustic painting and it’s current resurgence as a painting medium. Instructor demonstrations, examples, as well as lots of student painting time allow for hands-on learning. This workshop covers exploring painting techniques with encaustic, fusing and layering. It also includes demonstration of collage and toner-based image transfers specific to encaustic painting. Other topics include choosing encaustic materials, studio setup, safety considerations and care of encaustic artworks.

Some painting experience is suggested but not required. Individual creativity and experimentation is encouraged while learning to paint with the molten wax (encaustic.) Darla is an excellent teacher as well as experienced artists. She provides a professional, creative, fun and encouraging learning experience for all.

Workshop supplies include: two 10×10 birch plywood panels (to paint on) encaustic paint and oil sticks, encaustic medium, collage and image transfer materials.

Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be standing much of the day. Dress comfortably in clothes you don’t mind messing up — you could drip wax on your clothes and it’s hard to get out!

No loose clothing (sleeves) or hair as you will be using torches. We will have working aprons and gloves available.

Darla Myers

Instructor Darla Myers lives in Bozeman where she has her own studio and teaches workshops. She is represented in Helena by 1+1=1 Gallery.  Darla will be one of two featured encaustic artists in an upcoming October 2017 exhibit, titled “Wood and Wax.”

Variantrio Project to Perform at Sound Gallery

Please join us for an evening of soul-jazz-chamber music performed by up and definitely coming group, Variantrio Project. Stephen Gores on piano, Holly Hamper on vocals, Maren Haynes Marchesini on cello, Andy Cottrell on percussion with special guest, Mj Williams on trombone. Don't miss this one! at 1+1=1 Gallery June 23rd 7 to 9pm

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BODY: Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Invitational

Make Time for Our

BODY: First Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational

BODY runs July 7th – August 15th

Opening Reception Friday July 7 — 5 to 8pm

 

Running from July 7 through August 15, BODY will focus on one of a kind artist-made jewelry and unique figurative woodcuts and ceramic vessels. Please join us Friday evening, July 7th for an opening reception and to meet the artists.

Art jewelry pushes the boundaries of what we may think of as ornament for our bodies. We have invited jewelry artists whose work is one of a kind, contemporary or traditional, to be part of the show. Montana, national and international jewelry artists will be featured.

Figurative art can often push our buttons, disturb us or affirm us. Figurative artists challenge us with their reflections on gender and human bodies, to think about ourselves with awareness, tenderness, acceptance and even forgiveness. Ouida Touchon of New Mexico and Laurie Shaman of Illinois are the featured figurative artists this year.


Models

Contemporary one-of-a-kind body ornament

Large figurative woodblock prints

Bodies on ceramic vessels

Fascinating artists

Scrumptious food

Wine

Lovely company

Elegance all around


July 7th 5 to 8pm: it’s the weekend after the 4th of July — you know you’re gonna wanna!

featured artists in First Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art invitational:

Ouida Touchon

Laurie Shaman

Margaret Regan

Bonnie Lambert

Lori Blaylock

Kris Kramer

Shelley Jones

Dave Barnes

Virginia Nicolucci

Judy Kline

Kat Allen

Paul Guillemette

Pyper Hugos

Suzy Fabian

 

We’re Hiring

1 plus 1 is 1 Gallery Logo

Job Announcement for Communications and Gallery Assistant


Download a pdf file of the job description: Gallery Position Description 


 

about us

1+1=1 opened four years ago as a contemporary fine art gallery in downtown Helena, Montana. Owners, Tim Carney and Maureen Shaughnessy are both working artists and are passionate about helping other artists work professionally with galleries and to promote their artwork.  A huge part of the 1+1=1 mission is to encourage art appreciators and develop a stronger arts community in Helena and Montana by helping those outside of the traditional art world to feel comfortable with modern art. This includes children of all ages (we are a child-friendly gallery) as well as adults from all walks of life. Our main focus is to be warm, welcoming, and down-to-earth while presenting art collectors and those brand new to art, with a range of very fine art to see, enjoy and buy.

Themed exhibits lasting from 4 to 6 weeks as well as our rotating ”Back Gallery” feature works by 28 local and regional artists we represent and invited artists from across the US and Canada. The gallery also hosts events such as art demos, workshops and classes in the owner’s studio; gallery talks, private parties … and Sound Gallery (a series of jazz, sound and spoken word performances.) 

about the position

Maureen has been managing the gallery alone and is finally admitting she needs help. This position begins as a part time position, with the possibility of becoming full time. Duties of the communications and gallery assistant will be varied and interesting. The person we are looking for will be collaborative, creative, focused, have passion and energy for the mission of the gallery; work well with customers and gallery owners; love art and be knowledgeable about art; be plugged into or able to be an integral part of the Helena arts community; and be a great communicator.


how to apply

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please let us (and them) know. Download the Position Description (below). Position closes July 15th and we hope to have the job filled by the end of August. Thank you for your interest!


Some peeks into days and nights at 1+1=1 Gallery:

 

An Exhibit About the Interconnectedness of All Life.

An Exhibit about the Interconnectedness of All Life

May 26 through July 1, 2017

An exhibit featuring eight regional artists working in ceramics, wood sculpture, oil and acrylic painting and lino-cut prints.  If you missed the opening reception, please come on down and enjoy a cup of fresh coffee, some cookies, and of course, this exhibit through July 1st during Gallery hours. We are located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 6pm. We are a very welcoming, friendly place to find gorgeous fine art in a wide range of prices. Hope to see you soon.

Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon, within
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

~ Joy Harjo (from “How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems,” 1975)


Artists featured in this exhibit: Poo Putsch, Elizabeth Hughes Bass, Betsey Hurd, Trudy Skari, Nancy Goughnour, Patty Ceglio, Peter Shaughnessy, Carol Montgomery


All My Relations is inspired by a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the worldview of interconnectedness by the Lakota people and many other indigenous peoples on Earth. This concept and phrase is spoken during Lakota prayer and ceremony to invite and acknowledge all relatives into the moment. It is a simple yet profound prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys.

To most of us today, relative means a blood relation or another human in our family lineage. We have not been taught that an entity other than human, could be a relative. Understanding this sacred statement and contemplating it, can change your outlook on life forever. If you love and honor your relatives —  if you lived by this meaning of “relative,” you would be loving and honoring most of what is on this earth. What a different world we would be living in!

The interconnected relationships of all living things are called the Sacred Circle of Life. First Nations teachings guide us to show respect for all within this sacred circle. An intense and deep connectedness with all that surrounds us is a foundational concept of First Nations philosophy. This includes a connection to Mother Earth and all the Universe contains, including other people (personal relationships, family, neighborhoods, communities, nations), all of the plant beings and four legged brothers and sisters, the finned, crawling and flying beings, and ultimately the Great Spirit that animates all.

 

 

 

We invited 8 artists whom we feel express through their art the Sacred Circle of Life — the connections between all of us, not just relationships of human to human, or human to animal. All My Relations is about the deep connection amongst all of Life, all of Creation, even inanimate parts of our planet Earth. Our artists often depict and honor animals such as the fox, magpie, deer, raven and horse. Some see the intertwined relationships between human and animal or human and trees in a spiritual light. Some express the intimacy and vulnerability between parent and child; between lovers; between mortal and God. Some of our artists have chosen works that express their delight in the way animals bond with other animals. We humans do not have a monopoly on love.

  • Elizabeth Hughes Bass, of Butte Montana, uses oil paint with rapid expressive brushstrokes and palette knives, to describe human relationships and those of animals with each other. Her scenes of friends and lovers in small cafés, markets, and windows capture a bond as old as humanity. Her painting of a sow and her piglets running towards us makes us smile and think of the connection between mothers and children.
  • For this show, ceramic artist,Patty Ceglio, incorporates profound or wistful quotations into her intricate designs on functional pottery. She says a pitcher requires consideration of the vessel to the handle and spout and expresses, for her, the way relationships take much care and attention.
  • Nancy Goughnour’s iconic St. Francis sculptures express the tender way the saint relates to animals birds, while her nudes are all about the deep bond between mother and child or between sisters and friends. In another exquisite piece by Nancy, a young Godiva rides a porcelain llama in a serene scene.
  • Betsey Hurd’s obvious bond with her horses comes across in her large canvases and in her figurative ceramic sculptures she describes as “polymorphic fabulism.”  Mystical human/animal figures combine deer, horse, human, badger, cow and other animals allowing us, as viewers, to experience “the integration of species – no separation. We are all one.”
  • Carol Montgomery is a true lover of flowers and birds: parrots, magpies, hummingbirds, garden bouquets, lilies and hollyhocks. Her bright and playful, multi-plate linoleum block prints brilliantly describe her bond with the plants and birds that live in her world.
  • Poo Putsch was inspired by the years she spent from age 15, in New Mexico, particularly on the Navajo reservation in Ship Rock. Her paintings of brilliant turquoise, azure, rich ochre and sienna depict the southwest canyons’ pictographs and petroglyphs through an artist’s eyes. When we look at Poo’s images we may wonder if our own ancestors are recorded on rocks somewhere?
  • British Columbia sculptorPeter Shaughnessy, created a new wood piece for this show. “Betweeness,” expresses the physical and metaphorical links between each of us and Family, between Nature and Universe. Our connections teach and nurture, bind and ultimately define us. Each figure’s body is almost always a box: the boxes signify our personal relationship with the spiritual content of Earth.
  • Local artist,Trudy Skari, offers ceramic sculptures tiny to large, about tension, love, humor, what we know and mostly what we can not know unless we see with new eyes. With her expressive dogs, rabbits, crows and other philosophical animal pieces, she says, “Laugh with new tears and embrace with new arms.”

All My Relations Opens May 26th

Trinity by Betsey Hurd

ALL MY RELATIONS

Eight artists come together to express the interconnectedness of all things.  All My Relations features ceramics by Patty Ceglio, Nancy Goughnour and Trudy Skari of Helena; oil and acrylic paintings by Elizabeth Hughes Bass and Betsey Hurd of Butte and Helena; sumi-watercolor paintings by Poo Putsch and linoleum block prints by Carol Montgomery — both of Helena, and last but not least — new wood sculptures by Peter Shaughnessy of Tatla Lake, BC.

Please join us for opening night, to meet the artists and enjoy their fabulous art. We always serve delicious snacks and desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Something for everyone! The show is kid-friendly so we encourage families to bring their children and get them started at an early age appreciating art.

 

Watch for more details as we receive photos from the artists, of their pieces for the show.

 

 

Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk May 5th

Looking for something fun, social — and cultured — to do this weekend?

Look no further than Downtown Helena, Montana on Friday May 5th! Last Chance Gulch and side streets, along with the Great Northern part of town will be hoppin’ with special art shows, friends and neighbors, music, food, beverages, discounts and activities. Spread your night out and visit as many or as few venues as you like. Bring the kiddos. Bring a date! Bring your best friend and soak up the culture.

Most of the businesses downtown will be open late on Friday night from 5 to 9pm and will feature at least one local artist displaying their artworks. Some have groups of artists, like the Archie Bray at Montana Book & Toy company or the Clay Arts Guild at Mosaic Architecture on the 400 block. Helena’s Spring Art Walk is a great way to find out who’s making art in our town, get together with friends and family for a fun few hours.

1+1=1 Gallery will feature one of our favorite artists, Dan McArdle

Dan will demonstrate his unique carving technique in the Front Gallery. Come see how he uses his easel-table-contraption to carve large flat relief sculptures.  and the Back Gallery will have art by the other talented artists represented by 1+1.

SOME OF DAN’S DETAILS

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK

We just received a package of fabulous new porcelain cups from Sarah Magar who is living on Vancouver Island, BC. She has been one of our most popular artists since we opened the gallery and we know you’re going to love her latest artwork. She has continued to grow and evolve her style and these are the best ever!

We only have 9 cups by Sarah. Come early in the evening if you want to take one home. They’ll go fast.

There is always great food and drink during 1+1=1 events. See you Friday evening!

1+1=1 Gallery
434 North Last Chance Gulch.