This Saturday, September 3rd, we kick off a series of artist demos at the gallery, giving visitors the chance to observe an artist at work and learn more about their practice. Brad DeFrees, Carol Montgomery and Maureen Shaughnessy are currently exhibiting work as part of the gallery’s group show, “Paperwork,” which features paper-based art from nine artists working in Helena and the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and our demonstrating artists will be working at the gallery in the afternoons. Read on for dates, times and details.
What's in this show? Our group exhibition, PAPERWORK, features nine artists represented by 1+1=1 Gallery. The exhibit includes contemporary artworks in many mediums. All on paper. You will find a variety of materials and creative methods these artists use to express their imagination, humor, social issues, connection to nature, and unique point of view. The resulting collection of unusual pieces is fascinating, compelling and engaging. We hope you find something to make you smile, laugh, open your heart, think again or maybe bring tears to your eyes.
Stop by 1+1=1 Gallery or check out the exhibit in our online catalog, to see watercolors, oil paintings, painterly monoprints, mixed media collages and paper sculptures, hand-bound books, drypoint etchings, shellac plate prints and constructed photographs.
Learn Two Techniques of Book Binding in Two Days
Instructors Robin Leenhouts and Amanda Determan will Lead this Two-Day Workshop, Aug 27 – 28, $280 includes all materials, limited to 6 participants
Here’s a great opportunity to learn the centuries-old craft of bookbinding. Make two books you can use to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists. The unlined paper inside can be used for sketching, collage or whatever makes your heart sing. Make one for yourself, and gift the other to someone special. Once you are shown the method, you’ll have no trouble at all setting up your own book-binding space at home.
Ready for a relaxing weekend of making artful hardbound books? Bring a friend or meet new friends while learning a new artform
Over the course of the two day session, you will learn the creative process behind two traditional bookbinding styles and leave the class with two handmade books that you bound yourself. You will also have the opportunity to learn about a number of different bookbinding techniques, with samples available to browse.
Amanda Determan will lead Saturday’s coptic bookbinding lesson, and Robin Leenhouts will lead Sunday’s session on hardcover bookbinding. Both days will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with a lunch break. We’ll supply beverages throughout the day but participants should plan on bringing a lunch or ordering take-out from a downtown cafe.
Robin specializes in case bound books: the final product is a traditional hardcover book. The pages are prepared in signatures (typically 4-8 pieces of paper folded in half, depending on the thickness of paper and desired final thickness of the book) that are stitched together using a “long stitch” technique. The covers are made of bookboard, a special kind of dense cardboard that is less prone to warping. Bookbinders wrap case bound books in decorative paper (or sometimes a thin fabric) – Robin often uses prints that Maureen has shared with her from her printmaking studio practice. Finally, a special bookbinding cloth (typically cotton, linen, or buckram) is used to cover the spine and add extra durability.
Amanda will introduce participants to coptic bookbinding, which is one of the oldest forms of bookbinding: it was used as early as the second century in Egypt. Coptic binding begins with signatures, similar to the case bound technique, but features an open spine. In coptic bookbinding, the covers are also stitched directly to the pages, eliminating the need for glue. Coptic-bound books can be opened 360 degrees and will lay completely flat at every spread. Because they have no spine, they are inherently more fragile than traditional hardcover books, but many bookbinders love the coptic form for the decorative opportunities it presents. With this form, many book elements that are otherwise hidden can be dressed up: the thread that binds it all together can be ornamented with beads or ornate stitching patterns, and the spines of the individual signatures can also be decorated.
The workshop is limited to six participants so our instructors can maximize the opportunity for hands-on interaction with each student. COVID precautions: To make sure workshop participants are as safe as possible, we will be set up with lots of room for each participant. Instructors are vaccinated and boosted and we have excellent air filtration in the classroom as well as fans to create good air flow.
See Details about this Workshop Below the Example Photos
- Date: August 27 and 28, 2022
- Time: 9am to 4pm (plan to arrive at 8:45 to settle in with a drink before the workshop starts.)
- Tuition: $280 includes all supplies
- Location: 1+1=1 Classroom (rear portion of the gallery)
- Address: 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
- We will provide snacks and beverages. Please bring your own lunch or you can get lunch to-go from a downtown cafe´.
- We have an excellent HEPA air filter and exhaust fans running in the classroom all the time. We also have lots of room for all participants to spread out in the classroom. Our instructors and all gallery staff are fully vaccinated and boosted. If you would be more comfortable, please feel free to bring a face mask.
1+1=1 Gallery announces our annual ceramic show titled "About Clay." Eleven local and regional artists will be featured in this exquisite and exciting exhibit. 3 of the 4 Saturdays during the run of the exhibit will be in an Open House format with artists present doing gallery talks and demos. Watch for more information!
As we continue our year of education-focused exhibits, we are delighted to introduce our community to one of the oldest (and longest-surviving) mediums: encaustics. POETIC FUSION, an invitational exhibit showcasing the work of six encaustic artists from around the region, opens on Saturday, June 4th. Please join us for an Open House on June 4th to meet and greet the artists from 10am to 5pm. Light appetizers and drinks with gallery talks by Kris Larson, Darla Myers and Erika James from 1:30 to 3pm.
Junk Journals with Judy Kline: $80, limited to 6 participants, date TBA
READY FOR A RELAXING AFTERNOON OF MAKING ART IN A SMALL GROUP of CREATIVES LIKE YOU?
Well, we have just the thing for you! At the end of this one-day workshop you will have a fabulous fabric-covered junk journal with lots of pages and pockets to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and loads of unlined papers for sketching. Make one for yourself, or to gift to someone special.
Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor and things you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and somewhat quirky junk journal. Judy Kline’s style of junk journals have ties to hold everything together – and truly, by the time you’ve filled your journal you’ll be happy to have the tie!
KTVH reporter, Jaurdyn Johnson, produced a news story about our Young Voices 2022 exhibit and the donation the artists and gallery are giving to CARE for it's Ukraine Crisis Fund. Watch here.
We are excited to present our biennial invitational woodworking exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery. This year's show, titled Contemporary Wood, features new work by three of the finest woodworkers in Montana: Tim J. Carney, Boyd Carson and Tom Robinson. Save the date, Saturday April 23, for opening day of this spectacular exhibit!
Yay! Kid’s Summer Studio Camps are On! This summer we have three week-long studio camps available for kids ages 8 - 12. Find out more about the camps, each of which will be different. Maureen gives lots of personal attention to your kids because we only have five students per studio camp. She is flexible, a great listener, and focuses on helping kids express their intrinsic creativity and find their own voices rather than "technique." She is also responsive to students who wish to gain skills such as drawing from observation; color and composition skills, and mark-making.
For our 6th annual 2022 Young Voices exhibit, we have gathered a list of questions and answers families may have about the exhibit and their child's participation in the show. We have made a few changes to student participation this year, so this Q&A list is for everyone, parents of my new students and parents of students who have been taking art classes at 1+1=1 for years.