Here is what I know of Andrea Crossguns. She is all heart. She spends her days caring for children and managing an entire staff of teachers; she inspires them, guides them and reminds them of their gifts. She is nurtures chickens, a guinea-pig named “Cutie” and a faithful canine companion… Read more
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… Read more
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Wood & Wax opening reception on October 6th. It was hugely successful and we are grateful for your support of our artists and the gallery. Featured artists in Wood & Wax are John Andrew (burl bowls and bowls turned of Helena… Read more
We’re excited to have Seattle violinist, Tari Nelson Zagar, back in her hometown at Sound Gallery this month. If you attended last year’s performance by Tari, you know it was a rare treat and we had a full house.
In this performance Nelson-Zagar brings another evening of sound exploration to the gallery, using found sound, improvisation, and discovering new music conversations hidden in old treasures. You might hear jazz standards, a virtuosic violin concerto, or an old cowboy song. You might want to bring all the bells you own, too!
We are thrilled about our upcoming exhibit, Wood & Wax, featuring a handful of talented artists who’ve dedicated their craft to working with two beautiful and challenging mediums in diverse ways. They’ve shaped, molded, painted, carved, sanded and melted in means that promise to surprise and delight.
When: Opening Reception Oct 6. Show runs through Nov 14.
Where: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 North Last Chance Gulch
What: Casual panel-style gallery talk by the artists from 5:30 to 6p. Wine/appetizer reception 6 to 8p.
Who: anyone interested in fine contemporary art, folks who want to learn more about woodworking and encaustic; adults and children. Everyone is welcome.
So … Wood and Wax: Read more
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 Read more
BODY: First Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational July 7th – August 15th 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… Read more
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… Read more
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,… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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.… Read more
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,… Read more
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,… Read more
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. Read more
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… Read more
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. innovative. tender. Unpredictable. Extraordinary. Sublime. Brilliant. Simply Great. Words and phrases used to… Read more
It’s that time of year when I wrap up my kids summer art classes and start our women’s creativity and art sessions.
We’ve had such huge interest in the adult classes that I decided to offer them twice a month instead of just once monthly. So, on the first and second Sunday of each month, starting September 11, you have a fabulous opportunity to stretch your creative muscles in a small (6 student) class that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off and inspire you.
This year our Sunday Art Sesh classes are in short series or two, three or four. Please sign up for all of the classes in a series to get the most out of your time. For example, the self portrait series is very in-depth (and transformative) and if you miss one, you’ll miss a big chunk of the experience. Read on for the whole schedule … Read more
To start off our 2016/2017 season of Sunday afternoon art sessions, I am offering a 3-part series to explore the art of the self portrait with different media. We’ll use a DSLR camera, Iphone camera and processing on both the Iphones and a laptop computer. We will also make dry-point-etching self portraits and make a series of monoprint etchings on a tabletop press.
You may remember high school or junior high art classes when you were assigned to draw your self portrait. How did you feel about the drawing you made? Mine never really looked like me, and at the time (way back in dinosaur days) that was the message we got from our art teacher – that our self portraits were supposed to be as accurate a likeness as we could make them. If I still had that selfie, I’d show you! BIG Sigh…
This series of Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to explore their own sense of self and how you might express the different aspects of *you.* Whether you are an artist, are just getting started making art, or are interested in letting your creativity blossom, I know you are going to love this self-portrait series. Read more
Self portraits are a form of creative, artistic expression that dates back to the first mud-paintings on cave walls, and from classical painters and sculptors to contemporary artists. Most artists don’t create self portraits to sell. But it is an incredibly useful way to practice the arts of introspection, observance,… Read more
Our next exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery is “Elements: Water Earth Air Fire,” featuring seven artists from Montana, and British Columbia. The work of these artists fits harmoniously into our theme of the natural elements of which all things are made. Each artist has been working on pieces for this show that embody… Read more
For “B&W+1” we invited four artists to contribute pieces created in black and white with just a pop of one (optional) color on some of the pieces. The result is a striking combination of styles, subject matter and diverse artistic vision. From April Coppini’s expressive realistic charcoal drawings of birds,… Read more
Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming exhibit, b&w+1 (@1+1=1). We are waiting for photos from the four artists who will be featured in this show of black and white works with the addition of one other color. We’re excited to see what they send us and to hang the show so it gives viewers a fabulous juxtaposition of styles and mediums in black and white.
Downtown Helena parties every first Friday of the month
Here we are again getting ready for another First Friday in downtown Helena. For almost two years now, all of us downtown locally owned businesses have been staying open and offering fun events every First Friday of the month. In the beginning, few people ventured downtown to browse the businesses that were open later in the evening, mostly because they didn’t know about it. Now that word has spread about this fun evening activity, we have more and more people coming to the gallery and I’m sure, stopping by the other businesses.
This month’s First Friday is May 6th. What’s special at 1+1=1 Gallery?
I’m going to do an art demonstration in my studio (in the back of the gallery) for anyone interested in seeing one of the printmaking processes I used in the current exhibit, One-Off. In addition to the demo, we’ll have cookies and punch — and of course, you can come see the fabulous artwork in the gallery after your working hours.
Please join us for a reception to meet the artists Friday evening, April 15th from 5 to 8.
Door opens at 5
Casual artist talks will be from 5:30 to 6
Sushi, wine and other goodies right after the talks at 6pm
Please Join us for a Festive April 1st
April’s First Friday is tonight and we want you to celebrate with us, the return of Montana’s Spring-ish weather. Friday, April 1 from 5 to 9pm. Live music somewhere in the middle of the evening.
Historic Downtown Helena gets together the first Friday of each month and stays open late for the enjoyment and convenience of community members.
It’s always a great date idea. Businesses are open from 5 to 9pm, and many have refreshments, special sales and other events. The Holter has their Corks N’ Canvas event; the Turman Larison Contemporary has an art opening this time; Cindy Hanson has the best (!) new fresh flowers in her shop this week. Downtown restaurants are always open when you’re ready for a full meal or dessert. Lots of art galleries. Lots of fun. Come discover shops you rarely or never visit!
At 1+1=1 Gallery, we almost always have live music and special food, wine and other beverages. This month we’re serving a Pinot Grigio and a Red Blend paired with Triple Cream Camembert and Irish Dubliner Special Sharp cheeses … chewy baguettes and whole grain crackers. We also have non-alcohol beverages.
Save the date — March 25th 7:30 to 9pm
…for a delightful evening of all-original piano compositions at Sound Gallery … Bob Packwood, Helena pianist and jazz musician will do a workshop-style preview of his original tunes that will be recorded in the near future for a solo album. This is your chance to hear his “babies” before the general public gets to hear them. Don’t miss this evening performance in a beautiful art gallery space with a small audience. Deep listening. Great acoustics. Even better — original new music!
Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for an evening of Irish food and music from the 18th century by Queen City Consort
Date Night Idea
Drop in between 5:30 and 7pm and stay for a few minutes or as long as you’d like to listen to this fine group and enjoy some great Irish-inspired food and drink! It’s a great idea for date night — many downtown businesses are open, including restaurants, galleries and boutiques, for your fun and convenience. First Fridays have been going on in downtown Helena for over a year and are gaining popularity and momentum. You can even paint your own painting at Corks n Canvas at the Holter Museum of Art after you come by the shops on the 400 block.
WHERE OUTSIDE THE BODY IS THE SOUL
A suite of poems by Melissa Kwasny with improvised sound by MJ Williams
We had such a great time last winter hosting a week-long open house based on the concept of Hygge, we decided to make it an annual festive event at 1+1=1 Gallery. We hope Downtown Helena takes up the Hygge idea next winter, for the February First Friday event. Let’s do it up right next month, when everybody in Helena is lookin for something to cheer them up, some great way to hang out with friends, enjoy good drinks, food, comraderie and art.
We kick off the week with our first art exhibit of the year, the All Artist Winter Review.
Read more about the first 2016 exhibit here
Here’s the schedule for our Hygge Open House activities, food and music:
Thank you to everyone who came to our opening reception for the gallery talks and wine/sushi party afterwards. We had a full house and lots of fun. I am so glad my friends and gallery supporters had the opportunity to meet some of my creative siblings, my mom and my… Read more
We invite you to an opening reception of our upcoming exhibit, “Young Voices” on the evening of Oct. 30th, at 1+1=1 Gallery. Please come support these young artists, ages 9 to 13, in their first group exhibit in Helena.
Artists featured in the exhibit are Adia Terry, Ema Terry, Hannah Martin, Lily Hamper and Phil Martin. These five artists have participated in summer creativity/art classes taught by Maureen Shaughnessy and have spent the month of October learning the behind-the-scenes of exhibit planning, promotion and organizing.
Brings a Super8sonic Lap Steel & Film Soundscape
to a Small Audience
Sound Gallery will present its first performer of the “Fall/Winter Season” on October 16th. Scot Ray, a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, currently homesteads in a small mountain town in Southwestern with intermittent excursions to wield his slide guitars in a variety of odd and captivatingly obscure projects including Gutpuppet, Drift & Throttle, Roughnecks, and the Tee-tot Quartet.
Please join us for our opening reception of VISUAL POETRY, featuring two talented local artists, Trudy Skari and Andrea Cross Guns. The gallery will open with this new show at 5pm on September 25th. Gallery talks by the artists from 5:30 to 6pm, and we’ll break out some delicious sushi and desserts, wine and other beverages at a reception after the talks.
Where: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana
When: 5 to 8 pm September 25th
What: artist talks 5:30 to 6. Come meet the artists! Reception after the talks
Info: 406.431.9931 or check our Facebook Event Page for the latest updates and sneak peeks.
Please join us for a wine-and-cheese-meet-the-artists closing reception at 1+1=1 Gallery
On September 22, we are celebrating this fabulous exhibit before we take it down, and want to give locals a chance to visit with Jean Albus and Tim Carney in case you missed their gallery talks at the opening last month.
Our popular Girls Art Nights ran for a year and a half on the third Thursday evening of each month. The sessions always filled up and turned out to be lots of fun for everyone. Women in our monthly classes have an inexpensive opportunity to make creative art projects, learn to trust their inner artist voices, play with each other, enjoy great potluck finger food, beverages and all the art supplies they needed to complete an artwork or two or three in a few hours.
Pittsburg Pianist/Composer Performs Solo Piano Concert
for Helena Audience
The Sound Gallery will present its last performer of the “Solo Summer Series”. Eric Moe is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh an a world-renowned pianist/composer. More information is available at Eric’s website,
performing solo vocal & piano concert
for Montana listeners
CynthiaHilts is a truly multi-talented composer, pianist and singer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founder of a large band known as The Lyric Fury Ensemble. Her work is highly original and reflects her unique look at the natural world with a great jazz flare. She will perform her own compositions in her lively, audacious style at Sound Gallery on the evening of August 6th.
1+1=1 Gallery and The Herb & Garden are co-hosting a 4-hour sidewalk-cafe´ together during the August 2015 Downtown Helena First Friday!
Please join us at our 4-hour “North-End” Sidewalk Cafe´ where you can enjoy free fresh fruit-waters, lemon and limeade, guacamole, salsa and chips that Cindy and Maureen are serving inside their shops. We hope to have live music too!
Tari Nelson Zagar, of Seattle Washington, will delight and amaze us with her solo violin performance at Sound Gallery. The concert starts at 7:30 pm July 24th in Helena, Montana. Sound Gallery is located at 1+1=1 Gallery and is the only venue in Helena offering original, new experimental music for small audiences. Please join us at Sound Gallery in the atmosphere of a fine art visual gallery, enjoy a glass of wine, local ale or fresh citrus water; sit back and experience a sound adventure.
Helena artist and arts-supporter, Suzy Holt, says “I saw Tari in concert at the Myrna Loy years ago and she knocked my socks off! Unforgettable!”
July 14th Kids Creativity Sesh
Flub-ups, Oops and Leftovers Make Cool Collages
Sometimes one of my paintings or drawings just isn’t up to snuff… But that’s okay. It’s chill. I don’t worry and — I definitely don’t toss it! That’s like gold in the hands of a collage artist (that would be you, or your kiddo, in this fun class.)
Alrightee then … we finally have our entire summer schedule for the Kids’ Creativity Classes at 1+1=1 Gallery and Brown Bird Studio (the very back, very cool, bright studio space behind the gallery.)
Classes are always on a Tuesday morning, 9:00 to noon. Tuition is $24/class and includes all materials and a nutritious snack.
So here goes …
I’m pretty excited to venture into doing my own classes for kids. I’m starting this year with once a week classes for 9 to 13 year olds. Next year, I will probably branch out to younger and older kids, especially if we have a gallery manager who can take over some of the work. [grin]
Energy movement, expression of form, creation of meaningful, new forms. Invented tools. Unique paint brushes. Drawing with found objects and natural materials. Creative. Expressive. Fun. Outside-the-box!
Our second Kids Creativity sesh for 9 to 13 year old kids, is all about abstract painting and mark-making. It’s about breaking out of the urge to paint like a photograph, or realistically. It’s about expressing the feelings we have, or the feeling of a thing. It’s one way to get away from, “I-can’t-draw-horses-that-look-like-horses-so-I’m-giving-up,” to “Oh! I love riding horses (riding my skateboard/climbing trees/swimming …) and I know how that feels! I can paint the way it feels!”
Make boats of paper, cardboard, cloth and other cool stuff.
Then learn about making an art installation in a shop window!
Boys and girls alike, will get into this boat-sculpture-making class. When we’re done with our boats, we’ll have a free, follow up morning when the students will learn about making an installation-art project in the front window of the gallery!
June 30 Kids Creativity Sesh!
Remember watching clouds and figuring out what shapes you could see with your imaginations? Or making ink blobs and turning them into something “recognizable?” That was always fun, right? We stretch our creative minds outside the box by letting natural or found objects suggest to us what they want to become … fantastical creatures, weird monsters, make-believe machines, whatever our imaginations see when we really LOOK at the found objects.
Dan Brunkhorst uses percussion, electronics, and instruments he has fashioned from found objects to create a world of improvised sound. He will be giving the first solo performance of Sound Gallery at 7:30 pm June 19th in Helena, Montana.
Sunday Afternoon May 24th, from 2 to 5 pm
Learn how to make your own paintbrushes and mark-making tools out of non-traditional and traditional materials. Handmade brushes can help you establish your own “palette” of personal marks and strokes to make your artwork truly your own.
Only 6 spaces in this workshop! Pre-registration is required.
May 1st is Downtown Helena’s First Friday — it’s also May Day — a day to celebrate gardens, flowers, plants, trees and friendship. We invite you to come to our historic downtown that Friday evening to enjoy what we hope is lovely spring weather and all the local businesses that stay open late that evening.
1+1=1 Gallery will be open that night and celebrating May Day with a fun free hands-on art activity for all ages. Come on down and play with us — take home a colorful, flowerful piece of art to remind you of the amazingness of Nature and Springtime!
May 28th at 7:30 pm ….
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear live, original music performed in an intimate space. See you there!
Inaugural Sound Gallery Concert with Ann Tappen, Rob Kohler & MJ Williams
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW — LIMITED SEATING
March 29th — Girls Art Night is All About Experimenting with Image Transfers
Learn how to transfer old photographs, vintage illustrations or your own drawings onto canvas, wood or cloth.
From 2pm to 5pm, you will make a 12×12 inch canvas mixed-media piece with image transfers, collage materials and paint. While the image transfer is drying, you can plan out your collage and get the other materials ready to apply to your canvas. There will also be an opportunity to transfer an image onto muslin cloth or a flat piece of wood.
A Workshop for Anyone Interested in Becoming a Part-time Artist’s Model
Held in a professional, contemporary art gallery setting
A Monday Evening in Sumer 2016 (TBA) from 6:30pm to 8pm
Preregistration is required. We will have online tuition signup available a few weeks before the workshop.
Did you know unique opportunities exist to work as an artist’s model? Artists are all around you — in Helena and beyond — looking to draw and paint from a live model. Artists appreciate all body types, shapes, sizes and ages! There is a need for models for clothed, draped or nude life-drawing sessions.
This workshop will introduce you to the art of modeling, and guide you through the process, so you can be comfortable and confident as a professional or occasional artist’s model.
February Girls Art Night — SOLD OUT
It’s all about making Art Cards Inspired by Byzantine Iconic Images
From 6 to 8:30 pm, we will learn a few collaging and painting techniques (mixed media) to make mini-iconic images. These can be used as gifts, postcards, greeting cards, or framed as tiny artworks. We’re going to look at traditional Russian and Greek Byzantine iconic art, then use collected images (from old greeting cards) of angels and the Madonna, to make our own gorgeous icons. If we have time, you can also make a second icon using more contemporary imagery like Dick, Jane and Sally or other children’s book pages.
Using the techniques and format Maureen will share, your art cards can be religious or secular — it’s up to you. Anything goes. It’s easy! Either way we’re sure you’ll make something special and unique!