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An Art Gallery Not-Art Sale


An Art Gallery Non-Art Sale – Last Event at 1+1=1 Gallery


Mark your calendars for August 4th and 5th for a fun garage-sale type of event complete with watermelon and other cold refreshments.

We’re offering a collection of things we no longer need or have room to store. We even have a few pieces of original artwork the gallery purchased or was given, that we just can’t keep for our home, so we’re letting these go to new homes at very low prices.


DATES: August 4th and 5th
WHAT TIME: 10am to 4pm
WHERE: 434 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena MT
WHAT: Refreshments, low prices on everything that’s left in the gallery, plus a giveaway pile.


Sale Stuff:

Some of the following items are for sale at incredibly low prices. Others will be in the Free Pile. See something at the sale, in person, that you really want but it’s too much $? Make us an offer.

  • Retail shop card display carousel
  • Lino block printing tools (brayers, cutters, and supplies)
  • Many, many new art frames
  • Strings of holiday lighting
  • Display stands for plates and small framed art
  • Canvases, Sketchbooks
  • Sketching supplies: pencil sets, pens, inks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pastels, charcoal sets
  • Painting supplies: paints, paint brushes, texture tools, palettes, watercolor sets
  • Sets of chalk pastels and oil pastels
  • Collage-making supplies – OMG my collection of cool flotsam and jetsam for collage, assemblage and mixed media art!
  • Tapes, glues, glue guns and sticks, scissors, Xacto knives, paper cutters
  • Decorative magnet-making supplies
  • A big box of beading supplies & tools
  • Buttons, vintage glass mosaic tiles, Japanese washi tape
  • Vintage books for art projects, artist journals, etc
  • Crafting supplies, rubber stamps, decorative papers, die-cutting tools
  • Card-making supplies
  • Drawing boards
  • Did I mention lots of paint brushes?
  • Art bins
  • Vintage film canisters from 1949 to 1954
  • Containers for art-making, studio supplies and art materials
  • Boxes and containers of many personalities
  • Shelf unit (assembly required)
  • Floating shelves and pedestals
  • Lighted Glass Display Cases with Brazilian Cherry, by Tim Carney
  • Light fixtures, spotlights, table lamp, paper lanterns
  • Holiday craft supplies, gift wrapping, ribbons, baker’s twine collection on a stand
  • Christmas tree stand, other holiday decorations
  • Ceramics we used in the gallery (some for serving food and beverages at receptions.) Mostly handmade cups, mugs, serving plates, salad plates, bowls, vases
  • Barware and other glassware
  • All kinds of utensils, knives, corkscrews, a large beverage dispenser
  • Paper party supplies
  • A very cool tutu and giant butterfly wings
  • Photo booth props (for parties?)
  • Lots of pristine foam core
  • Vintage stuff: mid century radio, a kitchen scale, little dolls, old darts, Japanese items
  • Maureen’s lovely antique and vintage hankie collection
  • Weird stuff you’d only find in a sale by Maureen
  • Miscellaneous tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc
  • And … a bunch of surprises!


Sneak Peeks – there is lots more. Come early for the best choice

Art gallery pedestals and risers for sale

Big Sale of Gallery Items

From June 10 – July 20, everything gallery-related is for sale

We are moving out by July 30

Since we have closed 1+1=1 Gallery permanently, and need to move out of our space, we are selling everything gallery-related that belongs to us (i.e. not the walls, ceilings or floors.)

First thing on the sale list is ALL of our pedestals (plinths) floating shelves and risers

Our pedestals and shelves were built by Tim Carney in his furniture shop (that means they are sturdy and super well built). I was lucky to have a partner who knew his way around a woodworking shop to say the least! Anytime I needed more pedestals, or pedestals/risers in different sizes, all I had to do was call him and send him the dimensions and he’d bring them over usually in a couple of days. Ah, the luxury! Anyway, we’ve used these pedestals for up to10 years and painted or touched them up countless times. They are all still in great shape.

I would love to know these pedestals, shelves and risers are going to find new homes in other art galleries, retail stores — or even in homes and offices.

If you want to purchase just one or two pedestals or floating shelves for your home, you can paint them to match your decor. We have always painted them a warm white to match our gallery walls. They made need a little touch up if you choose to keep them white, and we will gladly supply the name of the paint color.

All pedestals, risers and shelves are priced per cubic foot

We calculated our prices the same way they would be priced if you were to buy them online, or if you had them custom made. But our prices are aLOT less, because

    1. we want to sell them quickly
    2. they are used though in great shape
    3. we built them mostly before the prices of materials skyrocketed and we want to pass along that savings to buyers
    4. remember, if you live in or near Helena, you can pick up the pedestals and save lots on shipping

Interested buyers, please email me at my personal email maureenshaughnessy (at) gmail (dot) com for a list of prices on what’s available. I do not have separate photos of each pedestal or shelf.

Here are some photos of the pedestals, floating shelves and risers we have for sale:


Watch for more posts about other gallery items we’ll put up for sale in the coming days and weeks.

Check back on our website or Instagram often. We will also be announcing a big in-person sale of smaller items, through our email gallery updates list. If you don’t receive Maureen’s love notes already, please subscribe here so you don’t miss that announcement!

Items that will be for sale will include reception supplies such as wine glasses, serving dishes and platters, mugs and cups made by our artists, art supplies, lots of tools, exhibit-hanging supplies and tools, metal storage shelves, wood shelves, file drawers, cabinets, step-stools, bulletin boards, cup-collector-cubby-shelves, and much more!

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Just for comparison, here are pedestals you can order new from Pedestal Source

Our Very Last Exhibit opens June 11th — And It’s Only In Our Windows

Dear friends,

After almost 11 years, we have made a heartfelt and difficult decision to close 1+1=1 Gallery. Our current show ends on June 10th and that evening we will be closing the gallery doors permanently.

We tried our best to find a buyer who would carry the gallery into its next decade (or two) but several very interested buyers just couldn’t commit. So here we are, 9 days from the last day of our current exhibit “Celebrate the Body” and sadly, the gallery will close permanently on June 10th. We hope to have a big farewell party after we get the gallery space cleared out – likely in early July – as well as a sale of everything that belongs to us that isn’t attached to the walls or floors (think pedestals, floating shelves, light fixtures, serving platters, one-of-a-kind cups, wine glasses, chairs, tables, stools, art supplies(!) and furniture.)

Subscribe to Maureen’s Love Notes to make sure you get an announcement about our big sale, farewell party, and find our why we are closing the gallery. 

Featured Window Artist June 11 – July 30

In the meantime, while we are spending the next couple of months packing, moving and shipping art back to our artists all over the US, our windows will be the site of our last “exhibit” and the artwork in the windows will be available to purchase online through July 30. Our gallery windows have often been filled with a street-facing 24-7 exhibit we call “Featured Window Artist.” QR codes in the window will take you right to the online exhibit, even if the gallery is closed and you’re standing out on the sidewalk!

This time, we are showing artwork by gallery owner/printmaker/painter Maureen Shaughnessy. She has reduced prices on her remaining artworks to help raise funds for shipping art back to artists all over the US, and to pack and move what’s in the gallery. Please help us go out with a great big bang and stop by to see if there is something you’d like to take home with you.

Hover your cursor over the images below to see which pieces by Maureen are still available. Click any image you’re interested in, then click the “purchase” or “Inquire” button. We’ll make it happen for you!

Celebrate the Body Opens May 12th

“Celebrate the Body” opens May 12 with an elegant opening reception

Wine and appetizers … and most importantly, fabulous art jewelry, wearable art, figurative paintings and sculpture.

Opening night is Friday May 12th, during Downtown Helena’s Spring Art Walk.  Can’t make it Friday evening? Come by for our Open House on Saturday May 13th, where we’ll have refreshments and you can view and shop in a quieter setting. The exhibit runs through Saturday, June 17th, 2023 and online through the end of June.

Please join us for opening night on Friday, May 12 from 5 to 8pm.

Stop in for a few minutes or hang out and gather with friends. Be the first to see and try on some of the art! We have incredible new jewelry and wearable art by Caroline Davis, Laurel Nathanson, Bonnie Lambert, Ashley Hanna, Joan Wescott, Christine Horner, Clare Clum, Paul Guillemette, Joyce Coolidge and Mandy Allen. Plus, we are so excited to have new figurative sculptures and paintings from artists Nancy Goughnour, Carla Potter, Dalayna Christenson and Ilse Coffman.

Wear something elegant and/or simple to show off the jewelry as you try it on. Maureen will take lovely photos of you wearing your best plus a piece of jewelry (think portraits + think hint-hint) and send them to you via cell phone! Let us help you find the perfect pair of earrings, a ring, bracelet or necklace for the mother(s) in your life. Indulge yourself and add to your art collection with a new painting or sensual clay wall sculpture.


WHAT: new exhibit, “Celebrate the Body 2023” — our 7th annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Show

WHEN: Opening Friday May 12 from 5 to 8pm/ Open House Saturday May 13 from 11am to 4pm

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

EXHIBIT: Celebrate the Body 2023 runs through June 17 in person, or online through the end of June

MORE INFO: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us



Artists include:

• Bonnie Lambert . helena mt
• Caroline Davis .  kingston, WA
• Joyce Coolidge . Anchorage AK
• Carla Potter .  helena mt
• paul guillemette . los angeles ca
• dalayna christenson . butte me
• nancy goughnour . helena mt
christine horner . helena mt
• clare clum  .  helena mt
• ashley hanna . helena mt
• ilse coffman . portland or
•  laurel nathanson . oakland ca
mandy allen .  portland or




Shop Celebrate the Body 2023 or just Browse Our Online Catalog  

All artworks featured in Celebrate the Body will be available through our online exhibit catalog THROUGH THE END OF JUNE, 2023. To make sure you don’t miss when the catalog goes live, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

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“Look Closely” Exhibition Opening Reception

Thank you to every one who came Friday night — in spite of the snow — to celebrate the opening of Jan Novy’s art exhibition. We were truly blown away by the number of Helena folks who showed up. And what a fun party it was! Check out some of the pics from the reception (keep scrolling).

If you’re reading this and you were at the reception Friday night, what did you like best?

Was it gathering with so many friends? Seeing Jan’s artwork? The Swedish Sunrise cocktail? The noise (we certainly couldn’t hear the music, heh)? How about the appetizers? The 100s of smiles and all that laughter? Or just that 1+1=1 was open for an evening event again (after all these months)?

1+1=1 was truly so packed with bodies Friday night, we know there wasn’t much room to see Jan’s delicate paintings and drawings. We hope you come back to look more closely before the show comes down. We’re open Tuesday through Friday 11 to 5 and Saturdays 11 to 4. Call Maureen if you’d like to visit the show at a different time. We are happy to make special arrangements.

“Look Closely: a retrospective of art by Jan Novy” will be on the gallery walls through Saturday, March 25th

We’d love to see you back on a quieter day, looking at her exquisite miniatures, and perhaps buying a piece or two. Even if you’re not in a position to take home one of these lovely little paintings, stop by to marvel at Novy’s sense of scale, detail, order and color. It’s a lovely exhibition!


Shop the Exhibit Online

Thanks to all who purchased a piece of Novy’s artwork. There are still many tiny paintings and drawings available and we’d love to find homes for every single piece! Novy’s framed miniatures make wonderful gifts. They are gorgeous in person – or shop online. We are happy to ship anywhere in the continental US.

Last but not least

Jerry Cooper brought me this cool photograph he’d taken back in 2000 — of Jan and Paul having breakfast at the No Sweat Cafe´ — I love it and think you will too.

Photo by Jerry Cooper of Jan Novy and Paul Cartwright at the No Sweat Cafe´(circa 2000)



October Window Exhibit Featured Artists

In the small street-facing gallery window this month is a two-person show by Caroline Davis and Sandi Bransford, both from the Puget Sound in Washington state. Davis brings considerable skill and creativity to her metalsmithing, creating elegant yet affordable and unique jewelry. Bransford uses ceramic, natural objects, paints and patinas to achieve her organic textural figures. Read more about these two artists and see their new work. See something you like while you're strolling by at 11pm or before downtown wakes up? Just scan the QR code in the window and grab it before it's gone!

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Series of Artist Demos during Paperwork exhibit

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.

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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.

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POETIC FUSION Encaustic Invitational June 4

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.

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