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COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life

COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life features diverse artworks by four artists

The exhibit runs from Aug 9 through Sep 14, 2019

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Please join us for an opening on Friday evening, Aug 9th from 5 to 8pm. Our openings are fun opportunities to meet the artists and hear about their inspirations, motivations and methods. We’ll serve beer, wine, cold beverages and lots of delicious appetizers and desserts.

COMPANION features the work of four contemporary artists working in a range of mediums, the exhibit encourages viewers to consider their relationships with each other and the animals with whom we share our lives. Each artist has interpreted ‘companion’ in her own way, and we think the resulting exhibit is powerful, thought-provoking and fascinating.

** Seattle printmaker Dawn Endean, states that she is drawn to dogs’ vulnerability – to how “dependent they are on the luck of the draw. They accept their lot; often with joy, loyalty and sweetness… and give back a hundred fold.” Her emotional images are made with intricate layering of intaglio plates, monoprinting and collage.

** Dara Daniel of northern California, looks back through history at our human capacity to connect with animals, particularly horses, who have been companions, escorts, guides and even counterparts to their human friends. She paints horses because their souls are beautiful to look at while expressing excitement, joy and spirit.

** With her distinctive voice, Susan Mattson has expressed for years, the close connection between human and non-human beings. Her sculptural clay vessels often depict animals with bodies covered by a mass human faces. Are we separate or are we life-companions? How do our actions affect every other being on this planet? Can we learn from our companions? Who is in charge?

** We are sharing our journey of life on Earth with uncountable species. Betsey Hurd believes, as do many indigenous peoples of Earth, that we are all one. No separation of species. Where does one of us end and another begin? What exactly is our connection? Hurd’s polymorphic fabulism pieces are about the integration of species. And … as a horse-woman and experienced artist, Betsey’s horse-beings are often the subject of her ceramic sculptures, along with other beings like deer, dogs, cats, bison and birds.

COMPANION runs through September 14th. Stop by 1+1=1 Gallery anytime we’re open and see the show in person!

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Detail, Susan Mattson

 

What: new exhibit, “COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life” — featuring ceramic sculptures, paintings and monoprints by four artists

When: Friday August 9 through Saturday, September 14, 2019

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

Artists include:

• Dawn endean, Seattle Wa
• Betsey Hurd, Helena MT
• Dara Daniel, Weed, Ca
•Susan Mattson, Helena MT

Our online catalog for COMPANION goes live on Aug 10th! 

All artworks featured in COMPANION will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the weekend after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

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Michele Landsaat Etchings Featured in Works on Paper

Like Any Trilogy in Progress … We Anticipate the Next Book in This Series

We are pleased to be able to show the delicate, poignant art of Michele Landsaat. Her work is shown as original prints, — some with chine colle´ — that are also part of her artist books.

At 1+1=1 this month, we are showing Landsaat’s works from three different series – the trilogy, What Was Lost & What Was Found, comprised of three related stories,  Apple, Water and Seed; the Gardener series and the Fountain series.

Michele Landsaat’s prints are part of our 2019 Works on Paper exhibit, running from June 25th through August 9th. Check out our online catalog for available works by Michele, and of course, if you are in Helena Montana, please stop in person by for a cup of coffee and a stunning exhibit! 

Read on for Michele’s Narrative Descriptions

“The main characters are a tiny girl and her beloved horse. Through their experiences, I’m exploring universal themes of love, loss and the fragility of life, as well as the potential for new growth.

The overarching theme of the first book Apple, is an idyllic happiness. The story unfolds around an apple tree in a garden where the two main characters experience a joy unlike any they’ve experienced before. Unfortunately, it’s a joy that cannot be sustained.

Book two, Water, explores the pain and grief of separation from that which we love most.

Book three, Seed, evolves out of book two. It conveys the unforeseen possibilities that arise when we suffer through the tension of opposing forces such as love and loss, as well as a sense of compassion that emerges and a sense of wonder for life as it is.”


The Fountain Series

The images in the Fountain series won third prize in the 2018 Chen Bochui International Original Illustration Exhibition in Shanghai, China. These are multi-plate etchings – each color is a separate plate. Michele writes about her inspiration for the Fountain series:

As a child the magic of fountains always captivated me. The idea that you could throw a coin into the fountain and make a wish that might come true was purely magical. I would dream about the fairy who looked after all of those wishes in the fountain. Since I was a huge animal lover, the fairy took the form of a tiny winged horse. I always hoped to catch a glimpse of this ethereal creature. In these illustrations, I hope to capture this childhood experience of wonder and possibilities. When she is dreaming, a time when the imagination is unfettered by logical thought, the little horse fairy comes alive and pays her a visit.

 

The Gardener Series:

This story involves a Gardener and her very mischievous cat who leaves to go on an adventure. The cat, while trying to eat a bird for dinner, inadvertently becomes the hero as he helps the bird escape from an unfriendly man who has caged it. The bird does not get eaten by the cat, much to the cat’s disappointment. 

 

Visit Michele Landsaat’s website for more about the artist and her portfolio. Michele is represented in Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. Please call us 406-431-9931 or inquire via our online catalog, if you are interested in the works we have available at 1+1=1.

WORKS ON PAPER June 25 – August 3

“WORKS ON PAPER” features a diverse collection by seven artists

The exhibit runs from June 25th through August 3rd. 

What: new exhibit, “WORKS ON PAPER” — featuring artwork created on paper by 7 local and regional artists

When: Friday June 25 through August 3rd, 2019

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

 

Artists include:

• Abbie Birmingham, Seattle wa
• larry calkins, issaquah wa
• april coppini, portland wa
•bonnie lambert, helena mt
•michele landsaat, seattle wa
• doug turman, helena mt
• lauren zalewski, seattle wa

 

Our online catalog for WORKS ON PAPER goes live on June 26th! 

All artworks featured in WORKS ON PAPER will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the weekend after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

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Maracujá Brazilian-Cuban Music at 1+1=1 Gallery

Dance Dance Dance to a Live Performance of Latin Beats by Maracujá

We are delighted and excited to invite Helena friends and neighbors to the first Latin jazz performance at 1+1=1 Gallery. This incredible opportunity to have Maracujá perform in Helena just fell out of the sky on us and wow are we glad we took them up on their offer! I’ve been listening to their music on sound cloud and youtube and have already fallen in love with it.

Here. Have a Listen while you Read the rest of my Post:

This one is titled, “Dança da Solidão”

 

So … without further ado, here are the deets, folks:

WHAT:  Live acoustic performance of Brazilian Cuban and other Latin music by Maracujá
WHERE:  1+1=1 Gallery at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
WHEN:  Tuesday June 25 from 7 to 9pm
HOW MUCH:  We ask for a donation to pay the musicians, who are touring and promoting their album. Suggested donation of $15. We want everyone and anyone to come no matter what you can afford.
WHAT ELSE:  Beverages and light dessert will be served compliments of the gallery.

About Maracujá

Maracujá is traveling this summer as a duo, though they often play with more three or more members.Maracujá members, Caitlin Belem and Terrence Rosnagle will perform evocative danceable music from Brazil, Cuba and other Latin American cultures. 
Maracujá takes you on a journey around Latin America through music. From fiery Cuban son and Brazilian samba-funk to soothing bossa nova and wistful boleros, Maracujá plays music for dancing, music for listening, music to make you smile. Please join us Tuesday evening, June 25th to listen and be enthralled. We’ll have a small space on the hardwood floor for those of us who can’t listen without dancing or at least moving our bodies to the latin beats (that would be me) and we’ll have chairs for sitting too.  Check out their website. 
Maracujá plays the Royal Room in Columbia City, Seattle

Another bit of ear-candy:

Another Maracujá song for your ear pleasure, titled Namorado da Viúva

 

Some colorful somethings to get you in a tropical mood:

Cuban Dance session - blurry feet dancing
Photo courtesy of Victoria Imeson

BODY III – Opening Reception

BODY III: our Third Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Exhibit

Opening night of our BODY III on May 10th, was a smashing success. Check out our photos of the reception and plan to make it to our next opening reception on June 21st!

Opening Night or Quiet Gallery Day?

Do you like parties and groups? As always, if you like to be social and surrounded by friends new and old … if you like a good party with great food, wine and other beverages, and stimulating conversation … if you like to be part of the buzz and happenings of downtown Helena, then our opening receptions are a perfect way to spend a Friday evening. We greet everyone with equal enthusiasm and consider you to be part of the 1+1=1 family. Save the date – June 21st – for another fabulous opening party!

Or do you like quiet days better? If you are more of a calm-afternoon art lover … someone who likes to take your time viewing art in a peaceful yet visually energetic atmosphere … if you want to look at each artwork closely and carefully … if you like to browse art exhibits in the middle of the week or a lazy Saturday afternoon, then 1+1-1 Gallery is the perfect place to be. Come on in and find something wonderful, original and evocative next time you are in our neighborhood. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and good conversation (or peace and quiet) anytime.

Here’s our album of photos from May 10th:

BODY III Opens May 10th

“BODY III” opens May 10th with a fabulous & elegant opening reception

Models wearing the art … live music by the Amazing Graces … wine and appetizers … and most importantly, fabulous art jewelry (think Mother’s Day gifts) and figurative paintings and sculpture.

Opening night is May 10th and the exhibit runs through June 15th. 

Please join us Friday evening, May 10. Be the first to see and try on some of the art! We have incredible new jewelry pieces by Lori Blaylock, Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette, SarahJess Swann, Judy Kline, Pyper Hugos and Dave Barnes. We introduce jewelry artists new to us: Clare Clum, Ken Bova and Beth Gregory. And we welcome back sculptor, Nancy Goughnour and painter, Elizabeth Hughes Bass with their works on the walls of the gallery.

Wear something elegant and/or simple to show off the jewelry as you try it on. Let us help you find the perfect pair of earrings, a ring or necklace for the mother(s) in your life. Indulge yourself and add to your art collection with a new oil painting or sensual clay wall sculpture.

 

What: new exhibit, “BODY III” — our third annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Show

When: Friday May 10 from 5 to 8pm

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

Who: Because we must observe occupancy laws, during the Spring Art Walk, we will be limiting the number of visitors inside the gallery at any given time. If the gallery is too full when you come by, please visit the other shops in the 400 block and come back in a bit. Without huge crowds in the gallery, you will be able to view and enjoy the art much better. Thanks for understanding.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

Artists include:

• dave barnes  . helena mt
• lori blaylock .  billings mt
•ken bova . greenville nc
• nancy goughnour . helena mt
• beth gregory .  Bozeman mt
• paul guillemette . los angeles ca
• elizabeth hughes bass . butte mt
• pyper hugos & Jarrod Eastman . bozeman mt
• judy kline  .  helena mt
• bonnie lambert . helena mt
• sarahjess swann . bozeman mt

 

Our online catalog for BODY III goes live on May 15th! 

All artworks featured in BODY III will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the week after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

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Artists in TWO, May 10-30

Featured Artists’ in TWO during the Spring Art Walk

Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio

We are hosting an extra special evening for the Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk on May 10th

On the evening of May 10, we are opening three shows: BODY III, our third annual figurative art and art jewelry exhibit, in addition to two solo shows by Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in Gallery TWO. 

From May 10th through 30th, we are featuring Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in gallery TWO. Both are Helena artists who have been showing at 1+1=1 Gallery for years. Patty Ceglio was one of the first artists we exhibited, beginning with “SIX” almost five years ago. Her ceramic art has evolved along with her skills. This time, Patty has a solo show of her highly-textured cups and mugs. Linda McCray, a longtime Helena resident, artist and designer, brings a new series of her ethereal, spiritually-based paintings to her solo show at TWO.

 


 

We invite you to join us on May 18 from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery. Here’s your chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and informal atmosphere. Linda McCray will be at the gallery on May 18th to talk about her meditative process and inspiration.

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Morning treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and grazing boards from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.


 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

 

Artists in TWO, April 13 – 26

Open House Saturday April 20th to celebrate Bonnie Lambert & Erika James

You are invited to join us at 1+1=1 Gallery anytime during the day from 11 to 4, to meet Bonnie Lambert and enjoy her fabulous art jewelry along with a second solo show by Erika James of Portland, Oregon. This month, from April 13 through 26, we are featuring necklaces by Bonnie Lambert and atmospheric encaustic paintings by Erika James.

Helena artist, Bonnie Lambert is known for her unique art-jewelry as well as her constructed large-scale photographs. In TWO this month, Bonnie is displaying her necklaces made from found objects, natural materials such as gourds, oak galls and minerals with semi-precious stones, one-off beads, chocolate and wine foils and vintage silks. Erika James, of Portland, Oregon, makes moody abstract landscapes with encaustic wax. You must see her Columbia Gorge, Pacific beaches and mountain lakes up close and personal to truly get the experience of her encaustic paintings. We are absolutely delighted to have these two on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on April 20th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

We want to offer our Helena visitors a chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. Bonnie Lambert will be at the gallery on April 20, to show some of her materials and converse informally about her inspirations for art jewelry. Get inspired by the way she collects objects that normally would not be used in wearable-art, on her travels and gathering trips. Ask questions, examine her necklaces and find the perfect gift for a stylish friend, spouse or parent!

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Hot Cross Buns, Maureen’s own Savory Strata, Peach Mimosas, French press coffee and tea all morning until 1 or 2pm. Wine and artsy grazing boards from 2 to 4. What’s not to love about our open houses? It’s casual. Fun. Engaging. Delicious. Educational. And … a great place to find a Mother’s Day gift a little ahead of time!

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

VESSEL Opens March 22

“VESSEL” opens March 22nd with an opening reception

We are excited and delighted to bring you our second group exhibit of the year titled, VESSEL.

Vessels metaphorical or literal, decorative and functional, ceramic, wood or ink on paper … vases, cups, plates, sculptures, bowls, mugs and some that refuse to be defined. Vessels you will recognize immediately and others you will have to ponder.

Opening night is March 22nd

Please join us Friday evening, March 22, so you can be the first to see our artists’ fabulous interpretations of the vessel theme. Local and regional artists have been hard at work making pieces for months.  We welcome back some of our long-time artists Trudy Skari, John Andrew, Sarah Magar, Maureen Cole and Laurie Shaman, who have each developed a strong following in Helena. We also welcome a handful of artists whom we have introduced recently, and whose work we hope you will grow to love and collect. SarahJess Swann, Andrew Rivera, Molly Rivera, Eliza Weber, Boyd Carson and Becky Street.

Expect to be surprised, delighted and moved by this group of vessels.

Molly Rivera

What: new exhibit, “VESSEL

When: Friday Mar. 22 from 5 to 8pm

Who: Our opening events are for everyone, kids too — and it’s free

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

Artists include:

• Andrew rivera  . Missoula mt
• becky street .  seattle wa
• boyd carson . bozeman mt
• eliza weber . phoenix az
• john andrew .  helena mt
• laurie shaman . chicago il
• maureen cole . helena mt
• molly rivera . missoula mt
• sarah magar  .  sook bc
• sarahjess swann . bozeman mt
• trudy skari . helena mt

Our online catalog for VESSEL goes live on March 26th. 

All artworks featured in VESSEL will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the week after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

Here’s the magic button to subscribe to our “love notes!” Get updates on events and invitations to our opening receptions for new exhibits. We promise not to spam you or share your private info with anyone — ever.

Subscribe to our email love notes so you don’t miss knowing about the next exhibit opening!

 

Artists in TWO, Feb-March 2019


Brand New Featured Artists Events All Year Long

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

Beginning this month in 2019, our Back Gallery will be a place for us to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork.

This month, from Feb 15 through March 16, we are featuring Boyd Carson,Larry Calkins and Becky Street (Calkins and Street form a collaborative, back40prints) We are absolutely delighted to have these three on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on March 9th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

Here’s great chance to meet Boyd Carson, of Bozeman, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. He will be at the gallery for a few hours, to tell you about how he makes his exquisite wood vessels and answer your questions. He has some fine stories to tell of the trees and fence posts he uses as raw material and about his philosophy of revealing the soul of damaged trees with his art. You can pick his brains about his tools, shop, inspiration and life experiences.

Come on downtown Saturday, March 9th anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Brunch-style treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and appetizers from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. So exciting! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.