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Bruce Kitts Featured Window Artist

Our Gallery Family has Grown!
We are delighted to introduce Bruce Kitts to the Helena arts community, especially since Helena is such a devoted ceramics town. Joining 1+1=1 Gallery recently, Bruce begins with a gorgeous display of his atmosphere-fired pots in our large front window. Make sure to check out his artwork as you stroll downtown, and come in during gallery hours to see them up close and personal.

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2020 Holiday Gift Show at 1+1=1 Gallery

Announcing our 2020 Holiday gift show

We invite you to find the perfect gifts this holiday season at 1+1=1 Gallery's  7th Annual Exhibit of Art under $300! Everything in the gallery is perfect for gift-giving, whether you are looking for a piece of artist made jewelry or a watercolor painting .... a wind chime or a tiny sculpture. We have functional art and purely philosophical art. Decor for your home, your office OR your home-office.

Shopping is easy this year!

Come downtown to support local, small businesses. Or, shop from the comfort of your own home (and jammies) by going to our Brand New Online Gallery Store beginning Saturday morning, November 28th. Check back here at 1plus1is1.com for a link to the online store when we go live Saturday morning.

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Trudy Skari Featured in Our Gallery Shop

Been missing Trudy's Foxes?

So have we. Trudy has been showing foxes and other ceramic creatures at 1+1=1 Gallery since we opened 7 years ago. Hundreds of Montana art-lovers have adopted at least one of her exquisite playful creatures. Trudy has honed her spontaneous, intuitive sculpting process over the years, exploring the characteristics and behavior of these curious canine relatives. Her poetic titles give a glimpse into Trudy's mind and provide a philosophical touch to her whimsical pieces.

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Art of Wood 2020

Announcing Our 2020 Art of Wood Exhibit
Featuring new works by three Montana artists: woodcarver Dan McArdle, woodturner Boyd Carson and woodworker Tim Carney. The exhibit runs from October 17 through November 21, 2020. Come down to the gallery at 434 North Last Chance Gulch anytime during business hours. Wed-Fri 11 to 5p and Sat 10 to 3p.
Please join us for a free all-day Open House on Saturday October 17th, from 10 am to 4pm. Social distancing will most def happen! Weather permitting, we’ll have tables and chairs set up outside to visit with the artists and enjoy some refreshments … Come on down and enjoy the art of Tim Carney, Boyd Carson and Dan McArdle.

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FOUR: an Exhibit Featuring Four Montana Artists

FOUR: We Chose Four of our Favorite Gallery Artists

Open House

We are thrilled to invite you to our 2020 Fall Exhibit, FOUR, with new works by four of our favorite gallery artists. Please join us for an all-day Open House on Sat. Sept. 12 from 10 to 4pm. Featured are four local artists: Bonnie Lambert, Betsey Hurd, Carol Montgomery and Susan Mattson.

Exhibit Dates

The exhibit will run from Sept 12 through Oct 14, so if you can’t come to the Open House, please stop by anytime during gallery hours. Our slowest time of day seems to be when we first open at 11am, and right after the lunch hour until 2 pm. We are excited to welcome gallery regulars and new visitors to our first in-person event of 2020. We’ll have a sidewalk cafe´with tables and chairs set up at safe social distances. We will also practice social distancing inside the gallery. Stop by to meet the artists, and sit outside (weather permitting) to visit with them.  Come inside just a few at a time, to enjoy their artworks and refreshments.
We have missed you since Covid changed our world! We are doing everything we can to provide a lovely safe experience for everyone. New this fall because of Covid restrictions: individual or small group private appointments for folks who are not comfortable dropping by the gallery during business hours. Please call 406.431.9931 to schedule a private time to see the exhibit and/or browse our lovely Gallery Shop.
Get out of your house and enjoy 1+1=1 Gallery again – you know you wanna!

 

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Black is a Color: an Exhibit about the Flow of a Show

Black is a Color: an Exhibit about the Flow of a Show

 

I want people to ask themselves, “Why does this piece feel so right next to that one?” 

At 1+1=1 Gallery, we have taken on a seasonal rhythm with our exhibits. For a few years now, our first exhibit of the year has been Young Voices, a fundraiser for local charities and show of artwork by my art students. 

Our second exhibit has been a “best of the basement” show of work by artists we represent. Mid-summer brings BODY, a popular group show of art-jewelry and figurative art. Themes for our fall exhibits change every year, usually inspired by what our artists are working on in their studios. And finally, every November and December we host our Holiday Gift Show: small, affordable artworks by all artists associated with 1+1=1. 

This weekend we opened our best-of-the-collection exhibit.  In the past, we’ve called these shows “Best of 1+1=1” or “Hand Plucked” (an exhibit chosen by community members.)  Hand Plucked was so successful we planned to have another Hand Plucked this spring. However, Covid-19 got in the way. It was impossible to gather community members for an evening of “plucking” while non-essential businesses were shut down, so… we changed course. 

I plucked.

My inspiration for the theme of this exhibit comes from the many gallery visitors who tell us they particularly notice how our exhibits are hung with a flow that draws them in, helps them understand the artworks, and gives them new insight into a piece they may have seen before. They tell us we are good at “arranging” our exhibits. We are delighted to know that the hard work of organizing many diverse artworks into a cohesive whole is recognized and appreciated.

So how do I go about arranging an exhibit? It’s magical. Just kidding. 

In choosing the works for “Black is a Color” I had a few criteria: I pulled out pieces I really like. Pieces that haven’t been seen in the gallery for a while. Our gallery assistants carried everything upstairs and as always, leaned them against the walls around the exhibit area. Then the culling started. I noticed, looking at the whole group in daylight, that I could arrange most of the 50+ pieces in a flow from black and white, to black and white plus one color and so on. And that every piece had some black in it.

Organizing an exhibit is almost like making a painting.

Start with the color black on white. Add another color: yellow ochre. Mix those to make brown. There are so many gorgeous browns. Add another color, maybe red to make a burnt orange or burgundy depending on whether your brown is coolish or warmish. Standing back, you see where you need to bump up the heat with orange to make a more assertive piece. Add some green as a pale celadon and everything quiets down just a bit. Gradually brighten up the aqua to a brilliant turquoise and pull it all together with some of your earlier colors: burnt sienna, yellow ochre, mars black.

In some cases, I place artworks next to or near each other because I see a glint of color the leads my eye from one to the other. I want everything to feel like, “Yes, of course, this arrangement makes perfect sense.” Not just to my eye but to my intuition and my sense of harmony in design.

Sometimes I decide placement based on the subjects in the art: a dog next to a clutter of cats … I like to make unexpected connections, interesting links in a viewer’s subconscious, delicious relationship combinations.

You have just made a trip around our exhibit floor and have seen how, in this exhibit, color becomes the common thread, weaving the pieces together. All you have to do is walk through the front door and allow the art to speak to you. Let the flow of the exhibit lead you gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Artists whose work is included in Black Is A Color are Susan Mattson, Annie Lewis, Becky Street, Larry Calkins, Joan Mamelok, Peter Shaughnessy, Lori Blaylock, Dawn Endean, Dan McArdle, Tina Garrick Albro, Maureen Shaughnessy, Poo Putsch, Laurie Shaman, Paul Guillemette, Carol Montgomery, Bonnie Lambert, Elizabeth Bass, Trudy Skari and Boyd Carson.

 

 

 

2020 Kids Summer Studio Series

Yay! Kid’s Summer Studios are On! 

We want to keep our customers, community and staff healthy. In light of the current environment, we changed our educational program to reflect social distancing and safety guidelines. Smaller class sizes, individual supplies, new workspace arrangements in the classroom and the possibility of individual studio sessions will keep everyone healthy! 

What will my kids learn during the 2020 Summer Studios?

Maureen likes to tailor the summer to what the kids want to learn. When we all meet each other on our first day, we will finalize the schedule of topics for the 8 studio sessions w.  We won’t get to everything on the list this summer, but if all goes well, we will have after-school studios for kids in the fall and winter, leading up to next year’s 5th Annual Young Voices exhibit. 

TOPICS FOR THIS YEAR: 

  • Draw What You See/Draw What You Feel
  • Make Sketching a Habit
  • Plein-Aire Sketching and Field Notes (outdoor field trip)
  • How To Go from Realistic to Abstract in a Series
  • Make Monoprints with a Printing Press (plexi drypoint etching, shellac plates, painterly printing) 
  • Embossed Nature Prints
  • Articulated Paper Creatures & People
  • Outside da Book: Make Creative and Weird Artist Books
  • Move Your Whole Body — Expressionist Painting with Music
  • Make Your Own Paint Brushes
  • Who Are You? Self-Portraits with Camera, Paint and Glue-Prints
  • The Weird & Wonderful World of Photo Apps — Pushing the Limits of Artful Apps
  • Build Boats with Found Objects
  • Mixed-Media 3D Art with Wood
  • Ginormous Paintings! Painting Very Very Large

 

 

 

Details:

WHO: We have several groups in three age ranges: Kids age 7-9; Tweens age 10-12  and Teens age 13-16.
COST: Studio Class Series: $400 for 8 weekly studios
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are able to give partial scholarships to families in need of assistance. Please ask.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: All supplies and a snack

DATES:

  • Studio Classes run from June 22 through August 21.
  • We will skip one week in July.
  • One week during the summer (TBA) each group will meet for an extended session, to take a field trip somewhere close to Helena, and spend time sketching and making field notes outdoors. Parents will be informed of those out-of-studio trips in advance. I have enough seat belts in my car for 4 students, so I will drive the students.

TIMES:
Kids 1 — Mondays 10am to 2pm with a 45 min lunch and rest break. June 22 to Aug 17
Kids 2 — Wednesdays 10am to 2pm with a 45 min lunch and rest break. June 24 to Aug 19
Kids 3 — Thursdays 2pm – 5:30pm with a 15 min snack break at 3:30. June 25 to Aug 20
Tweens 1 — Tuesdays 10am – 3pm with a 45min lunch break June 23 to Aug 18
Tweens 2 — Fridays 10am – 3pm with a 45min lunch break June 26 to Aug 21
Teens — Mondays or Tuesdays 5 to 9pm with a snack break around 7pm June 22 to Aug 17

All students who participate in the 8-week series are eligible to be part of the 2021 Young Voices Exhibit taking place next spring. Maureen spends many hours with her students in January and February (free of charge) to help them prepare for the exhibit. 

When can I register my child?

Registration for kids, tweens and teens summer art studios opens May 28th and closes June 9th. This gives us enough time to obtain the supplies and tools so each child will have their own.

Please note: Registration is for the entire series of eight classes.

Covid-19 measures in place at 1+1=1:

    • Decreased class size to 4 students per group allowing for plenty of social distancing space. Classroom tables will be arranged to allow for 6 feet of space or more between everyone. </li)
    • Each student will have their own bin in our classroom, with their own supplies. This way we don’t have to constantly sanitize every paint brush, oil pastel and carving tool. Supplies provided by us.
    • We’ll emphasize washing hands, not getting too close to each other and making sure high-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly. (eg bathroom, door knobs, etc.) I have hired a studio assistant to do extra cleaning and help me keep track of social distancing.
    • Masks encouraged at least until Gov. Bullock relaxes that standard. I am very sensitive to my students’ health and their family members’ health, so I am open to wearing a mask all summer if any parents feel strongly about that. I just really want to protect all of us as best we can.

*Please remember that our entire educational program is subject to change based on information we receive from the CDC and Montana Health Department, for the health and safety of our community. If we must cancel a class, or move to online Art Zooms, we will be glad to refund your registration fee, or give you credit for future classes at 1+1=1.

Know a kid who would like to attend? Give them a gift card!

Junk Journals with Judy Kline

Junk Journals with Judy Kline: July 19th, $50, limited to 6 participants

Ready for a relaxing afternoon of making art in a very small group?

Well, we have just the thing for you! At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a fabulous 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!

Techniques you will learn:

Sewing on paper; index-card-a-day; making whimsical tags; collage; making a “matchbook” using scraps; coffee paper staining, mini-folders and making fold outs. Judy will bring a ton of supplies. Students will be asked to bring some tools. (See supply list below.)

Examples of materials available for the pages:

Old catalog envelopes, used window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric.

DETAILS:

    • Date: July 19, 2020
    • Time: 1 to 5pm (plan to arrive around 12:50 to settle in with a drink before the workshop starts.)
    • Tuition: $50 includes 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 a face mask for everyone’s safety and health. Thank you!

SUPPLY LIST

In the interest of safety from COVID19, we are trying to avoid having multiple people touching the same tools. Please bring your own pencil, ruler, scissors, old coffee cup and stapler. Optional but recommended tool: a paper cutter. Also you might want to bring your favorite washi tapes, your favorite heavy weight double-sided scrapbook papers, extra used business size window envelopes (we will have some available), copies of old photos and other ephemera that means something to you. We will have plenty of materials on hand, so don’t worry if you can’t bring the optional things.

 

ABOUT JUDY

She calls herself a creativity explosion! Judy Kline, the Red Queen, is no shrinking violet, Judy is drawn to vibrant color as a moth to a flame, but she also loves the calm and soothing effect of pale colors like ecru, pink and vintage laces and trims. Her spectrum of work spans from traditional to avant garde.

Judy works in a studio in the former Free Studio building on Logan Street (now under new ownership as The Heath) She is known for her artful, whimsical handmade jewelry, sewn mixed media pieces and greeting cards. She shows her art jewelry at 1+1=1 Gallery during their annual BODY exhibit and annual Holiday Gift Show. Judy will teach you techniques to awaken your creativity, and you’ll come away with a fun journal to fill up or to gift to someone special.

Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray

Spend a truly relaxing day learning about meditative sketching

Studio artist, Linda McCray leads a contemplative workshop at a time we might be feeling anxious

A peaceful afternoon of meditation and creativity

Spend an afternoon in a very small group with local artist, Linda McCray. Linda paints extraordinary abstracts imbued with powerful spiritual and symbolic meanings. Relax in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere of creativity and meditation. No experience required. We know you’ll be inspired!

Moving Forward through ART+SPIRIT

Are you ready to move forward? We can’t move backwards. This class will start with an exercise of connecting to nature through slowing down to truly SEE+DRAW. Linda will teach you some of her favorite basic oil pastel techniques and expressive design principles. We will connect to feelings through MUSIC+ART. Learn how people through the ages have connected to the Divine through making art inspired by sacred readings and praying with art, experience both. By the end of the afternoon you will have a sketchbook with creative ways to move forward through ART+SPIRIT. No experience needed.

Art-making, meditation and prayer

Art is much like meditation in that it allows us to connect with our true selves no matter what spiritual tradition we may have. Approaching art as meditation or contemplative prayer, helps us tap into our inner stillness, which is where the voice of spirit — however we experience it — speaks to us. This can lead to making images that come from awareness of the present moment, and of the deep spirituality inside us.

 

An example of Linda’s meditative and symbolic approach to painting can be found in a description of her painting, Oneness, left:

“Out of the brown darkness, emerges a gold celestial spiral that connects us with Light and all creation. It floats within soft orange and yellow ethereal Light, mysteriously not clearly seen. Blue-green, burnt orange and gold is mixed with sand from Montana and the River Jordan to convey the sacred ground we are on, right here and now.” ~ Linda McCray

 

DETAILS:

    • Date: TBA on either Saturday or Sunday
    • Time: 1 to 5pm
    • Tuition: $50 includes 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 a face mask for everyone’s safety and health. Thank you!

ABOUT LINDA

Linda McCray is a local studio artist, teacher and spiritual director. She translates universal spiritual truths into abstract paintings that speak to others, regardless of their traditions. Her paintings have been included in numerous international, national and regional invitational and juried exhibitions in the US and England. She has had solo exhibitions and is slated to have a solo show at the Holter Museum of Art in the fall of 2020. She has taught as an adjunct professor of art; as well as lectured at art museums, universities, and conferences on contemporary spiritual art and art as mediation.

Some of Linda McCray’s paintings that have been shown at 1+1=1 Gallery


Our new 1+1=1 classroom offers a place to gather in small groups with awareness of social distancing and safety

We know there are hundreds of online/video/zoom workshops available. There is just something about the synergy of an in-person art class to get our creative juices flowing. We will make sure the classroom is set up for safe social distancing, and that we practice sanitary procedures to keep you and our community healthy. For that reason, the workshop is limited to just 6 participants. Register early to make sure you have a space.