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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

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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