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1+1=1 Gallery is primarily a contemporary visual arts exhibit space representing well known as well as up and coming artists in Montana. We also offer expressive arts classes, evening art-making sessions, studio life drawing groups, artist-model workshops, concerts, readings and a rental space for gatherings of up to 49 people.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Exhibit – From Earth

August 2, 2017

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 … Read more

Downtown Helena First Friday Tabla Jazz Fusion and Indian appetizers

July 31, 2017

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 … Read more

Encaustic Workshops with Darla Myers

July 2, 2017

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   In these … Read more

Variantrio Project to Perform at Sound Gallery

June 18, 2017

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

BODY: Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Invitational

June 14, 2017

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 … Read more

We’re Hiring

June 14, 2017

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 … Read more

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Past Events

An Exhibit About the Interconnectedness of All Life.

May 31, 2017

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 … Read more

Diagenesis Duo World Premiere in Helena

April 10, 2017

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 … Read more

Genius Loci: Experience the Soul of Place

April 10, 2017

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 … Read more

Syrinx Effect to Perform at Sound Gallery

March 22, 2017

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. … Read more

Teen Art Wanderings this Summer

March 20, 2017

  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 … Read more

Mary Beth Shaughnessy "Untitled" painting

Sunday Art Sesh – Intuitive Painting Series

November 22, 2016

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 … Read more

Forest Stream Prairie Opening Night

October 30, 2016

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 … Read more

Sunday Art Sesh – Dream Art Series

October 13, 2016

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.

Forest Stream Prairie Oct 7 to Nov 14 2016

October 1, 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 … Read more

Bob Nell Acclaimed Jazz Pianist

September 22, 2016

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 describe Bob Nell and his … Read more

Sunday Art Sesh Schedule and Topics

August 29, 2016

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, … Read more

Sunday Art Sesh Self Portrait Series

August 27, 2016

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 … Read more

Thoughtful Self Portraits by Kids Creativity Sesh Students

August 24, 2016

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, self-knowledge and self-expression. For kids … Read more

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Peter Shaughnessy

Elements Opens August 12

July 1, 2016

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 one or more of the … Read more

Black and White plus One

May 26, 2016

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, insects and mammals … to … Read more

b&w+1 opens June 3rd

May 5, 2016

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 … Read more


May 6th First Friday

May 4, 2016

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 … Read more

Opening Reception for One Off

April 9, 2016

We are excited to pair our newest gallery artist Tina Albro, of Seattle Washington, with gallery owner Maureen Shaughnessy in “One Off,” an exhibit of new one-of-a-kind prints by both artists. 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 … Read more

April’s First Friday No Foolin

April 1, 2016

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 … Read more

Sound Gallery Performance Piano Jazz

March 4, 2016

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 … Read more

March First Friday All About Earthy Irish culture

March 4, 2016

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 … Read more

Where Outside the Body Is The Soul

February 20, 2016

1+1=1 Gallery and Sound Gallery present our first performance of 2016 … an evening with two acclaimed Montana artists: poet Melissa Kwasny and improvising sound artist, MJ Williams WHERE OUTSIDE THE BODY IS THE SOUL A suite of poems by Melissa Kwasny with improvised sound by MJ Williams

Second Annual Hygge Open House Week

January 17, 2016

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, … Read more

One Family: Three Visions Opening Pics

November 30, 2015

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 son, who painted the installation … Read more

kids art exhibit

Young Voices Exhibit Opens Oct 30

October 14, 2015

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. … Read more

Scot Ray Super8sonic Lap Steel & Film

September 29, 2015

Scot Ray 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 … Read more

Opening Reception “Visual Poetry”

September 20, 2015

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 … Read more

Closing Reception “Of The Earth” Sept 22

September 20, 2015

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.

Girls Sunday Afternoon Art Sessions

September 16, 2015

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, … Read more

Eric Moe Piano Concert in Helena

August 24, 2015

Eric Moe 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,

Cynthia Hilts Performs in Helena August 6

July 23, 2015

Cynthia Hilts 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 … Read more

August First Friday in Helena Montana

July 18, 2015

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 … Read more

Tari Nelson-Zagar at Sound Gallery July 24

July 15, 2015

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 … Read more

Kids Collage with Flub-ups, Oops and Leftovers

July 11, 2015

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, … Read more

Kids Creativity Sesh Summer Round Up 2015

June 11, 2015

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 … Read more

Kids Creativity: Make Brushes & Mark-Making Tools

June 8, 2015

Our first Kids Creativity Class of the summer is June 16th 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 … Read more

Kids: Paint How You Feel

June 7, 2015

June 23rd Kids Creativity Sesh! 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 … Read more

Kids: Float Your Boat

June 5, 2015

July 7th Kids Creativity Sesh!   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 … Read more

Kids: Create Driftwood Critters & Stuff

June 4, 2015

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 … Read more

Dan Brunkhorst at Sound Gallery June 19

May 26, 2015

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.

Handmade Brushes & Mark Making

Learn to make Your Own Paint Brushes

April 19, 2015

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. … Read more

Celebrate Flowers at 1+1=1 next First Friday

April 14, 2015

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. … Read more

ThreeForm Plays 1st Sound Gallery Concert

April 14, 2015

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

Image Transfers on Canvas, with Acrylic

Girls Art Night Image Transfers

March 5, 2015

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, … Read more

Learn to be an Artist’s Model — a workshop

March 5, 2015

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 … Read more

Girls Art Night Icon Art Cards

February 17, 2015

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 … Read more