Over the last five or six years, 1+1=1 Gallery has hosted at least one exhibit annually that celebrates the human body - and the brilliant, funky, elegant and creative ways artists make "decorations" for our bodies. This includes art jewelry - the kind you won't find in high security fancy jewelry stores, but wonderful just the same! Check out this selection of artist-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry we have featured throughout the years. See something you like? Ask us about it, and we'll connect you with the perfect piece by that artist or if we cannot, then we'll help you connect with the artist wherever they are.
Bruce Kitts of Missoula, Featured Artist in Gallery Window
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.
Atmospheric Firing: Chawan, Yunomi, Bowls and Vases
Bruce’s one of a kind pieces are the result of atmospheric firings, a labor intensive process that involves introducing elements to the kiln at extreme temperatures that flux out and create a surface, or glaze, on each piece. The work’s location in the kiln determines how much the atmosphere has an effect, making each piece truly unique. No piece can ever be duplicated. Predominately using a mixture of baking soda and water, Bruce doesn’t hesitate to incorporate other elements such as wood and/or salt. Every piece encapsulates the spirit of these elements, revealing a profound story within the surfaces. The work displays exacting attention to ergonomics and functionality, taking care not to hinder the aesthetic value.
Bruce states, “My utilitarian work is not only meant to serve good function, it is meant to create an experience. This experience should go beyond the basic use of the object. It is meant to create an event that brings joy and a deeper understanding of the work. The work is not complete until it is put to use.
How can I purchase Bruce Kitts’ pottery?
Stop by 1+1=1 Gallery at 434 North Last Chance Gulch, to purchase Bruce Kitts’ artwork in person, or buy directly from our Online Gallery Store below, and we will deliver (in Helena) ship (almost anywhere in the world) or hold for you to pick it up.
What is a Featured Window Artist?
Well, this year we decided to make rotating special exhibits in our large, front window. It’s a gift to the folks who frequent downtown Helena. The featured window artists’ exhibits are street-facing, lighted and visible 24/7. Anyone can enjoy the artwork anytime of day or night. Every few weeks, we’ll have a different artist showing their work in the window. This is in addition to the regular exhibits we’ve always had inside the gallery and our retail Gallery Shop near the front. Our Featured Window Artist displays are one way we are adapting to the pandemic. We hope many local Helenans will enjoy these tiny exhibits!
If you see something in the Featured Window Artist exhibit that you’d like to take home with you, just go to our Online Gallery Store to purchase. Or call 406-431-9931 to reserve the piece and we’ll make it happen for you.
A Little Something about Bruce
Bruce Kitts received his BFA from SIU at Carbondale in 2009 that followed up with a two year residency at Terra Incognito in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his MA from EIU in 2012. As a member of the Illinois Artisan Program, his work has been displayed in various galleries and museums throughout Illinois. In 2015, Bruce left for the west coast where he was a studio tech and artist in resident at the Mendocino Art Center. Since then, his work has been displayed in several nationally juried exhibitions. In 2017, Bruce moved to Helena, MT to work as a studio potter and currently resides in Missoula, MT where he is a co-founder of Wildfire Ceramic Studio.
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.
Trudy Skari featured ceramic artist in our Gallery Shop
We are so excited for all of Trudy’s fans to see what she has been up to in her clay studio lately. Skari’s delightful new ceramic pieces will put a smile on your face under whatever mask you’re wearing today. They’ll give you hope in this weird time and stimulate your imagination. They might even make you want to take one home.
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.
We have hares and bears, too
Check out Trudy’s other works at the 1+1=1 Gallery Shop. Long eared rabbits, earnest bears and even a tortoise. Come to the Gallery Shop in person before November 14th, when the current exhibits will be taken down. Or shop the online catalog. Don’t miss taking home one of Trudy Skari’s endearing creature-sculptures.
When can I purchase Trudy Skari’s new work online?
Local visitors to the October 17th Open House will have first dibs on Trudy’s work. Her new ceramic sculptures will be added to our online catalog on October 18th for everyone else. Watch our FaceBook and Instagram pages or check back on this post where we will announce the catalog is available for purchasing her works!
Announcing Our 2020 Art of Wood Exhibit
WHEN: Oct 17, 10am to 4pm
WHERE: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch in Helena
WHO: Anyone – we’re practicing social distancing so everyone can attend safely
WHY: Because you love 1+1=1 Gallery and you are itching to get out of your house and see Art!
Master woodworker Tim J. Carney is co-owner of 1+1=1 Gallery. Carney has been creating furniture and cabinetry for over 50 years. Hundreds of Helena folks live with and love his exquisite furniture, and he is constantly busy making custom designs for new fans. Tim’s artistry focuses on bringing out the beauty and grace of “flawed” wood, helping us connect to the spirit of nature through his furniture. This year Carney is showing several of his signature “urban organic” furniture pieces – a gorgeous keepsake cabinet; a graceful live-edge sofa table and a brand new Tim-style walnut and curly maple rocker!
FOUR: We Chose Four of our Favorite Gallery Artists
Find New Items to Take Home or Give as Gift in 1+1=1 Gallery Retail Shop
It’s Something New
Early this year, we reduced the size of our gallery exhibit floor to about half the size it was during the first 7 years as a fine art gallery. We added a new classroom in the back portion of the gallery (anytime you stop by, feel free to peek into the classroom) and we transitioned the front windows and entry portion of the gallery into a retail shop.
We call our new art space the Gallery Shop
In the Gallery Shop you can find our Wall Of Cups (full of cups, tea bowls and mugs) and many other smallish items that will make perfect gifts. We also have greeting cards, one-off unframed prints (made by hand by the artists) and inexpensive archival digital prints. Check out the hand-bound journals and sketchbooks by Robin Leenhouts, Darla Myers tiny oil and cold wax paintings, and Laurie Shaman’s elegant tiles illustrated with birds. Trudy Skari’s whimsical ceramic sculptures and platters, jewelry by Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette and Judy Kline, as well as Betsey Hurd’s polymorphic sculptures are also showcased in the Gallery Shop. .
Artists whose work you can find in our Gallery Shop are:
Andrew Rivera, Molly Rivera, Robin Leenhouts, Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette, Laurie Shaman, Judy Kline, Patty Ceglio, Nancy Goughnour, Erika James, Lori Blaylock, Betsey Hurd, Michele Landsaat, Sarah Magar, Maureen Cole, Peter Shaughnessy, Boyd Carson, Dan McArdle, Tim Carney, Maureen Shaughnessy, Dawn Endean, Annie Lewis, Becky Street, Tina Albro, Larry Calkins, John Andrew, SarahJess Swann, Susan Mattson, Eliza Weber, Carla Potter, Debbie Smith, Gabe Shaughnessy, Carol Montgomery, Lauren Zalewski and Linda McCray.
If you come in on a quiet day, and find something you want to purchase as a gift for someone, just ask and we’ll be glad to gift wrap it for you. Stop in often to see the new items we’ll have coming in to the Gallery Shop.
Check Out Our Gallery Shop Online Catalog:
We Offer Unique, Creative Classes and Workshops for Adults
During this exceptionally weird year – 2020 – we postponed our adult workshops because we wanted to keep our staff and customers safe from Covid-19. We hope 2021 is different in that we will be able to meet in person for one-day ora one-afternoon workshops in our lovely classroom behind the art gallery!
In the meantime, we are keeping a list of folks who are interested in specific workshops, and they will have the first opportunity (we’ll call you) to register when we do figure out dates. If you would like to be on a workshop list, please stop by the gallery and ask Maureen or Ema. And … subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified by email when the workshop dates are set. Thank you!
Art of Self Portraits with Maureen Shaughnessy Dates TBA $240, limited to 4 participants
Maureen is an experienced, creative printmaker opening her studio and classroom to 4 students who want to explore ways to express their true selves through artful self portraits. Even if you don’t know how to draw, you will be delighted with what you can make during this workshop. Truly! Learn a few different ways to make self portraits in this extremely popular 3-day workshop. With photography, printmaking, collage and other mediums, learn how to visually express the qualities and characteristics that make you special. A treat for your heart and brain. Cost includes all supplies and tools.
Day 1: photographic self-expressions and conversation
Day 2: drypoint etching plate making & printing using a press
Day 3: using collage to expand our drypoint prints
Working with Dreams through Art with Maureen Shaughnessy: Date TBA $140, limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set.
In a group of women, over two Sundays, we’ll explore illustrative techniques for working with our dreams. Not a therapy group, but an opportunity for artists and creatives to use their personal dreams as a launch pad for artistic expression and exploration of themes from our unconscious. We’ll use assemblage, sculptural construction and mixed-media methods to create one or more pieces over the two day workshop. Cost includes most supplies. Participants are welcome to bring special materials from home.
Day 1: presentation and conversation about the value of making art around dreams both current and past, and ways to remember more of your dreams. Gather your materials and begin a sculptural mixed-media assemblage.
Day 2: conversation over coffee, tea and breakfast recalling last week’s beginnings and interim thoughts. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive into construction and completion of our mixed-media pieces.
Intuitive Painting: Date TBA $280 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set.
In this 4-week (4 days) workshop, we will delve into our intuitions and imaginations, and explore ways to connect what you already know as a human being, with handmade brushes, ink, paint, pastels, music, meditation, charcoal and paper.
Week 1: Enzo painting with very large brushes and guided meditation
Week 2: Making Personal Marks – Make handmade brushes and with them, put down some calligraphic/asemic markings. With music, developing a personal vocabulary or mark-making language.
Week 3: Making Body Marks and Leaving a Trail – Expressive Drawing with our Whole Bodies along with our handmade tools and brushes… guided meditation, movement and music.
Week 4: Go Large Go Loose – begin with expressive drawing and mixed media on large paper and using abstract painting methods, respond to your own marks with intuition and confidence (will be mounted on wood panels upon completion)
Printmaking Series: Date TBA, $365 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set.
This a 5-week (5 days) workshop to explore printmaking methods you can use at home or in the studio. We will spend the last day exploring ways you can take your prints further. No printmaking experience needed, though artists who have a foundation in printmaking will definitely learn some new methods.
- Day 1: Making collagraph plates and embossing with found materials
- Day 2: Printing our collagraph plates and begin shellac plates
- Day 3: Printing with shellac plates and drypoint etchings
- Day 4: Relief printing with linocut blocks
- Day 5: Beyond the press and brayer: collaging and inking our prints
Paper Crown Making with Bonnie Lambert: on a weekend day 10 – 4. DATE TBA. $50, limited to 4 participants
Have fun making paper crowns with all kinds of ephemera, scraps, doodads and thingamajigs—cardboard, paper, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, dried flowers and leaves, seed pods, wire, odds and ends, tape, photos, old books, drawing tools, and lots of other bits and pieces. We will have plenty of inspiring, delightful and sometimes humorous materials for you to use. If you wish, bring your own materials you may have stashed for creative projects. MORE INFO
Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.
Junk Journals with Judy Kline: Winter 2021 on a Sunday afternoon. DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants
At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a journal with room to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and lots of unlined papers to fill with sketches. Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor, plus stuff you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and quirky journal. Examples of materials we’ll use for the pages include used mail, catalog envelopes, window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric. Cost includes a variety of materials, and we ask participants to bring some of their own tools. MORE INFO
Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.
Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray: Winter 2021 DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants
Spend an afternoon in a 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! This course is an introduction to art as meditation using oil pastels. Linda McCray will share her creative spiritual art process as well as teach a few oil pastel techniques and basic design principles. All supplies and tools will be provided and are included in the cost of this workshop. MORE INFO
Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.
Smash Books: An evening workshop taught by Maureen Shaughnessy DATE TBA $50, limited to 4 participants
Spend a relaxing and fun evening creating unique and slightly whacky journals. Covers and pages from vintage books become a journal, a wedding guest registry, a memory book gift, a gratitude book, a place to collect quotes that inspire you … your imagination is your only limit. We will supply a variety of papers, vintage books, found materials, ephemera and sometimes odd stuff Maureen has collected over a lifetime. We invite you to bring some personal materials you may have lying around.
Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
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.