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Diagenesis Duo World Premiere in Helena

Sound Gallery Presents

Diagenesis Duo at 1+1=1

Thursday May 4th, 2017

Please join us for a world premiere of Different Kinds of Light, and more fabulous sound-magic. Diagenesis Duo performs at Sound Gallery on May 4th. Can’t wait to experience this performance!

Sound Gallery May Performance: Diagenesis Duo

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery 434 N. Last Chance Gulch
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017  … 7:00 to 9pm
What: from 7 to 7:30, complimentary wine with delicious snacks and socializing
MUSIC STARTS and the house lights go down — promptly at 7:30.

How much? No ticket charge for the concert. A pay-what-you-can donation goes to the musicians. All 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.

DIAGENESIS DUO comes to Sound Gallery to present their latest project, Different Kinds of Light, a concert inspired by the experimental poetry of Jackson Mac Low. Mac Low was a pioneer in chance and open poetry and created poems that could be performed as music. Featured in the concert will be Mac Low’s Tree Movie, Young Turtle Asymmetries, 54th Light Poem, and Numbered Asymmetries, and a world premiere of Different Kinds of Light, a composition for soprano and cello by Marti Epstein which sets Jackson Mac Low’s 1st Light Poem. This combination of text scores, graphic scores, and contemporary music create a contemplative and unrepeatable evening of chance music and poetry.

DIAGENESIS DUO is Heather Barnes (soprano) and Jennifer Bewerse (cello). Diagenesis Duo has been performing together since 2010 and has been able to commission and premiere many new works for soprano and cello. Diagenesis frequently performs concerts that facilitate a dialogue between the audience and performers with the goal of building an empowered audience for contemporary music.

For more information, visit www.diagenesisduo.com

Composer Marti Epstein is also an active pianist and a devoted teacher. She plays prepared piano with guitarist David Tronzo in the Epstein/Tronzo Duo, is Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, where she has taught harmony, counterpoint, and composition since 1991, and is also on the faculty of Boston Conservatory.

For more information, visit www.marti-epstein.squarespace.com.

PROGRAM
  • Tree Movie by Jackson Mac Low (1961)
  • Five Young Turtle Asymmetries by Jackson Mac Low (1967)
  • Different Kinds of Light by Marti Epstein (2016)
  • 54th Light Poem by Jackson Mac Low (1978)
  • Numbered Asymmetries by Jackson Mac Low (1960)
Yep. Sound Gallery in Helena Montana is one of those places. Come hear a LIVE performance. Original jazz. improvisational jazz. art-jazz. NEW MUSIC. and fall in love with it. and come again. and again. see you!

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 48 seats total.

Genius Loci: Experience the Soul of Place

GENIUS LOCI: EXPERIENCE THE SOUL OF PLACE

We’re so excited about this exhibit because we think it will change you if you come to opening night and listen/converse with these three artists. If you are open to absorbing what they have to say about sketching while they travel, sink in, we hope you will be inspired to try this for yourself.

Genius Loci features the travel sketchbooks of three artists whom you may not know as “visual artists.”  Mj Williams, vocalist/trombonist, and Nancy Owens, retired PhD in Anthropology, travel together to Europe every year and have been sketching and painting in their artist-notebooks for 15 years.

Gabe Shaughnessy has kept an artist’s sketchbook for over 15 years, creating most of his notebooks by hand. A few years back, he began using a digital drawing tablet along with his ‘analog’ sketchbooks on his bike tours, and travels around North America, Italy and Japan.

The three artists will have a conversation with each other and our audience, at the beginning of our opening night reception. We hope that by being able to flip through their sketchbooks and see their best work on the walls, as well as listen and ask questions, you will leave inspired to do some of your own drawing while you travel or in your everyday life.

Queen City Framers and Art Supply will have a table at the gallery, with a display of drawing supplies, including sketchbooks (Gabe’s, Mj’s, Nancy’s and Maureen’s favorites) along with portable art supplies and tools. These will be for sale at the reception and during the month of the exhibit. Can you tell we truly want to encourage you all to dive right in?

 

 

 

Syrinx Effect to Perform at Sound Gallery

Sound Gallery Presents

photo ©Daniel Sheehan

Syrinx Effect at 1+1=1

Saturday April 15th, 2017

Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for another great original music concert. Syrinx Effect on April 15th. Last summer jazz lovers were delighted by Naomi Moon Siegel’s solo trombone performance at Sound Gallery. We immediately bought her new album, Shoebox View, and play it all the time at our gallery.

Welp. Here’s another opportunity to hear Naomi — this time in an acoustic-electric duo with music partner, Kate Olson. Together they are Syrinx Effect. They describe their music as “interstellar folk punk jazz.” Can’t wait to hear it!

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Sound Gallery September Performance: SYRINX effect

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery 434 N. Last Chance Gulch
When: Saturday, April 15  … 7:00 to 9pm
What: from 7 to 7:30, complimentary wine with decadent chocolate desserts.
MUSIC STARTS and the house lights go down — promptly at 7:30.

How much? No ticket charge for the concert. A pay-what-you-can donation goes to the musicians. All 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.

Come downtown on Saturday evening, April 15th — have an early dinner at Toi’s Thai across the street, then stroll on over, enjoy some decadent chocolate desserts and a glass of wine along with Naomi’s and Kate’s awesome edgy tunes. Be surprised. Be delighted. Be cultured. 😉

Here’s a blurb from the Syrinx website:

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. Naomi plays trombone with guitar pedals and Kate plays soprano saxophone with laptop and other toys. The duo got its start curating the Racer Sessions in Seattle, and has gone on to perform prolifically around the US, collaborating with many of the mainstays of the improvised music scene such as Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Stuart Dempster, Allison Miller, Rene Hart.

Syrinx Effect makes music that is authentic and expressive, employing everything from simple folk melodies to abstract, ambient noise. Each piece is a meditation, an exploration, and sometimes a romp. 

Kate Olson

Just grabbed this excellent excerpt from Seattle’s SB Hopper blog  — the author has a way of expressing what I’ve been trying to put to words since Sound Gallery first started a couple years ago. Here:

I’ve never regretted going to a jazz show. Each time I’ve left thinking that I needed to do that more often. And then several months slip by again, just like exercise. … You’ve got to be in the right mood, you’ve got to know a good place, and you’ve got to be with people who are into it …. There’s no need to be an expert. I can’t name a single track by Thelonious Monk. I think the trick is finding a place you like, making a point of going once in a while, and appreciating the talents of musicians for whom jazz is an art that celebrates tradition but embraces improvisation.

Yep. Sound Gallery in Helena Montana is one of those places. Come hear a jazz performance. Original jazz. improvisational jazz. art-jazz. and fall in love with it. and come again. and again. see you!

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 48 seats total.

Teen Art Wanderings this Summer

 

By request of some of my older art students, I am trying something new this summer. It’s a series of plein-air drawing and painting classes for teens on eight Mondays. We’ll focus on learning to draw from life and nature, by observing carefully and practicing basic and more advanced skills.

The series is limited to just four girls. Each will get lots of attention and we can all go on our adventures in one car.
teen art wanderings course details:
  1. Ages: for girls ages 13 and 14
  2. Dates: June 12 – Aug 21 (with breaks) — see schedule below
  3. Time/Day: Mondays 11am to 4pm gives us time to drive to our adventures, have a picnic lunch and plenty of time to make art.
  4. Course is 8 sessions throughout the summer. Students must complete at least 6 sessions to keep the art kit at the end of the summer, and have the opportunity to participate in the Young Voices Art Exhibit during the school year.
  5. Tuition & supplies: $320. Includes beverages and snacks. Students bring own brown bag lunch. Scholarships available. Please ask.
  6. Transportation: students will be dropped off and picked up at 1+1=1 Gallery and will be transported by Maureen to wherever we are going that day.
Each of the 8 weeks we’ll go to a different place to draw or paint outdoors (unless it’s raining or snowing) click the pics below for details on that week’s fun:
What we’ll do:

Sketching, painting and a bit of photography

Things we’ll draw and paint:

Landscapes and close-ups; rivers, mountains, trees and grass; people, bugs and birds; natural scenes and city scenes; wildflowers and seedpods

mediums we’ll try:

Watercolors, water-soluble pencils, pastels, graphite and pencils, ink pens, mixed-media, acrylic paint, charcoal and collage.

Bonus Fun Thing:

This year will be our Third Annual Young Voices Art Exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery (sometime during the school year.) All four of my teen adventurer-artists will be able to participate in the preparation for the exhibit, at no charge. (Students’ families pay for inexpensive frames.)

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.)

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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.

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ALL SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS ARE 2 TO 5PM

BEVERAGES AND ALL ART SUPPLIES PROVIDED

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.

Forest Stream Prairie Opening Night

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE 2016: featuring new work by Dan McArdle & Maureen Shaughnessy

Mounting an exhibit takes us a couple of days. We take down the previous exhibit and pack up pieces that have sold. Unsold pieces go into our art storage downstairs. Then we patch holes in the walls, re-paint walls and pedestals and clean up. Next comes arranging the new artwork, hanging it, setting out pedestals and sculptures … then lighting, labels, window decor and many other tasks. Whew!

Pre-Opening Quiet: When we are done hanging and lighting the show, I like to take photos of the whole exhibit before the crowd comes. It’s quiet and I’m always really pleased with the new art and new arrangement.

Opening night was a blast! An appreciative crowd. Excellent gallery talks by the artists and a fabulous reception. Great way to spend a Friday evening in downtown Helena.

We are always so grateful for all the folks who attend the openings, listen to the talks and celebrate the artists with us on opening night. We also love seeing you any day we’re open. Sometimes a quiet afternoon at the gallery is the perfect time to really look deeply at the exhibits.  Thank you for your support!

Our Back Gallery features artworks by artists we represent, including:

Peter Shaughnessy, Jean Albus, Trudy Skari, Patty Ceglio, Nancy Goughnour, Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Maureen Cole, Sarah Magar, Sam Briegel, Gregg Edelen, Elizabeth Hughes Bass, Andres Cross Guns, Tina Albro, John Andrew and Tim J. Carney.

Catching some time with friends in the studio behind the gallery

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.