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.
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!
Young Voices Exhibit and Fundraiser Opens Saturday, March 19. We are delighted to invite you to our 6th annual art student exhibit, Young Voices 2022 with art by 27 young artists ranging in age from 6 to 17.
8th Annual Holiday Show
We are Delighted to Invite You to our Eighth Annual Holiday Gift Show
Wow! In our 9th year as the premier fine art gallery in Helena, we are excited to welcome you to the largest, most diverse and best holiday show we’ve hosted. Our staff and volunteers have been incredibly busy over the last month, preparing and organizing over 1000 artworks (actually, close to 1400 and counting …) submitted by 56 artists. Each winter, we think our Holiday Show is better than the last. And we’re always right! We cannot believe the artistry and creativity evident in the works submitted to this year’s show – every time we open a box of new pieces from one of our artists, we are amazed, delighted and happy that we will get to show them to our community!
This Year, Support Artists and Small Local Businesses and Skip the Gifts Sitting in a Container on a Cargo Ship!
We know — you’d love to put the latest smart phone or electronic device under someone’s Christmas tree. And there are lots of enticing cheap (aka cheaply made) toys for all ages on the internet and in box stores. But really. What about keeping the majority of your hard-earned money in your own community? Shopping at small locally owned businesses results in a better quality of life for everyone in our community because the money stays here!
And … the artwork (the gifts you guy at 1+1=1 Gallery) is already here. No waiting and worrying that your order of made-in-China items won’t make it in time because they’re sitting in a container just off the west coast. We actually have every item we are selling at the Holiday Show sitting in the gallery – and, every single item we are showing is truly unique, made by the hand of an artist with love and care. What could be better?
Opening Day: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10am to 5pm
Other Open House Saturdays: November 27, December 11, December 18 10am to 5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 to 6; Saturdays 10 to 5
Closed Sundays and Mondays, plus Christmas Day and New Years Day
1+1=1 Gallery 434 North Last Chance Gulch
Shop the 2021 Holiday Show Online: 1plus1is1.com/gallery/
The 1+1=1 Gallery 2021 Holiday Show Has So Much to Offer Gift-Givers and Art Collectors Alike
The 2021 Holiday Show runs from November 20 through Jan 7, with new art added to the online catalog and the gallery exhibit floor every week. A bonus this year is that we will have four extra-festive Open House Saturday events: November 20th, “Shop Small Saturday” on November 27th, December 11th and December 18th. During our Open House Saturdays, shoppers can enter a drawing for an art-giveaway and meet some of the artists whose work is in the show. We also offer free artful gift-wrapping every day, for in-store purchases.
On Opening Day, our first Open House November 20th, we will have the Queen City Fusion Dance, a contemporary belly dance company, performing outside the gallery at 11am (fingers crossed the weather cooperates!)
Everything in the 2021 Holiday Show is $400 or less
Scratching your head about what to give your loved ones this season? We have you covered! We love helping you find gifts for your sweetheart, kids, neighbors, outdoor sport enthusiasts, art collectors, artists, nature-lovers, gourmet cooks, fashionistas, students, parents, distant cousins, bosses ,employees or clients. Just tell us a little something about the giftee and we’ll come up with some ideas for you. It’s our super power!
Find one-of-a-kind artist-made jewelry, big and small oil paintings, ceramic cups and charcuterie boards. Handmade artsy ornaments, functional pottery, sculpture of varied mediums, encaustic paintings, woodcuts, turned wood bowls, flower vases, monoprints and fiber art are available in person and in our online store.
Everything in the 2021 Holiday Gift Show is $400 or less — a fabulous selection for gift giving and for adding to your own art collection.
We’ve designed the Holiday Show to offer very affordable gifts of art to our customers. But don’t forget our downstairs art-storage space where you can discover artworks that don’t fit the “under-$400” requirement. We’d love to show you some hidden treasures that would make incredible gifts for those special loved ones in your life (and you know — that includes you!)
Artists in the 2021 Holiday Show
Karen Abel, Beth Aimee, Tina Albro, Wendy Anderson, John Andrew, Connie Bergum, Lori Blaylock, Sandi Bransford, Larry Calkins, Tim Carney, Boyd Carson, Chip Clawson, Clare Clum, April Coppini, Joyce Coolidge, Caroline Davis, Brad DeFrees, Marcia Eidel, Claire Emery, Dawn Endean, Amanda Fulk, Guylaine Gelinas, Nancy Goughnour, Paul Guillemette, Ashley Hanna, Cindy Hanson, SarahJess Hurt, Erika James, Bruce Kitts, Judy Kline, Bonnie Lambert, Michele Landsaat, Robin Leenhouts, Andy Lunday, Sarah Magar, Susan Mattson, Carol Montgomery, Carla Potter, Andrew Rivera, Molly Rivera, Laurie Shaman, Gabe Shaughnessy, Maureen Shaughnessy, Trudy Skari, Debbie Smith, Becky Street, Jennifer Thompson, Cheri Thornton, Ellie Weber, Joan Wescott, Lauren Zalewski, Matt Zavalney, Daniel Zupon and others.
Helena is a ceramic town, anchored by the Archie Bray and augmented by art galleries and the Holter. We offer some of the most unique, creative pottery and ceramic sculpture in Helena through 1+1=1 Gallery exhibitions. We strive to show a mix of affordable clay by emerging artists and collector's ceramics by more experienced potters and sculptors. Come see what we have! Featuring clay art by Susan Mattson, Nancy Goughnour, Carla Potter, Maureen Cole, Trudy Skari, Gregg Edelen, Andrew Rivera, Eliza Weber, Wendy Anderson, Betsey Hurd, Bruce Kitts and others.
In the small street-facing gallery window this month is a two-person show by Paul Guillemette and Michele Landsaat.
Paul Guillemette uses found objects, repurposed pieces of wood and natural objects he finds near his Los Angeles studio. His fabulous, colorful jewelry is popular in the big cities, and we happen to know it's very popular in Helena Montana! Necklaces, earrings, bracelets rings and cuffs ... there is bound to be the perfect piece of body-decor whether you are a diva who wants to command attention, or more subdued and just like to decorate your ears.
Michele Landsaat has shown in several exhibits at 1+1=1 and we hope know you will be as charmed as we are with her fragile-seeming, delicate etchings illustrating profound stories. Her prints are each pulled from an etching press by hand, and made in very limited editions. Michele comes from a background of bookmaking and writing. The stories she creates speak to an underlying and universal vulnerability, yet they are simultaneously whimsical in nature.
Seattle Artists Take Over our Large Gallery Window
What a delightful combination we have displayed in this month's street-facing window exhibit! Caroline Davis' contemporary jewelry and Dawn Endean's monoprint/etchings.
Caroline Davis, a jewelry artist from Seattle, is relatively new to 1+1=1 Gallery. She debuted at the gallery during our 2021 BODY exhibit this spring. So many of our visitors were blown away by her gorgeous designs, we made the decision to continue to carry her work year round. Caroline Davis is otherwise known as "CREO." Her work is contemporary, minimalist, gorgeous and carefully crafted with attention to detail. Come in to try on, or just go for it online!
Dawn Endean has been showing with 1+1=1 for several years and has gained in popularity and collectibility in our Montana market during that time. We are featuring her one-off (monprints) of dogs in relatable situations. (Do you have a dog who tried to take a mile when you give him an inch? Do you have a "Good Dog?" If you are a dog lover, or a printmaking lover, make sure to check out Dawn Endean's work. We also have several of the artist's tiny collages made from printmaking castoffs (something I myself do often) in small white frames.
An Exhibit of Four Artists' Expressions of Light
How Do You Respond to Light?
How are we to understand the ephemeral ways in which light behaves, validating all of life? How might an artist pay proper homage to this vast and vital force? With wax and wood and paint and stitches. Light needs to be contained (but not caged.) Light needs context, it needs an outfit in the right size if we are to interact with it in such personal ways. 1+1=1 Gallery has invited four brilliant artists to respond to the theme of "light" and the resulting exhibition is truly profound. Visit the gallery during this luminous show and see new works by Tim Carney, Linda McCray, Pam Sullivan and Erika James.