Chip Clawson, long time resident of Helena, Montana, is our Featured Window Artist this month!
We are absolutely delighted to give our Helena community an opportunity to see Chip Clawson's most recent work using a 3D printer, in addition to his decorative outdoor ceramic planters. Chip has installed a gorgeous, colorful exhibit in our large front window. The solo exhibit is available to view 24 hours a day - seven days a week, and all of Clawson's artworks are for sale in our online store or in person. Make sure to check out his artwork as you stroll downtown, and come in during gallery hours to see them up close and personal. I you miss the window exhibit, Chip's artwork will continue to be available through our Online Gallery Store until June 30, 2021.
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.
Young Voices Exhibit and Fundraiser Opens Saturday, March 13. We are delighted to invite you to our 5th annual art student exhibit, Young Voices 2021 with over 180 artworks by 16 students ranging in age from 7 to 16. Each student presented an artist talk which was videotaped, and are available to watch here (click to read more)
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOUR: We Chose Four of our Favorite Gallery Artists
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
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!
It's Something New
During the first year of the pandemic, we reduced the size of our gallery exhibit floor to about two thirds 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 of the gallery into two smaller exhibitions for one or two artists at a time. These window exhibitions rotate about every 3 to 4 weeks, face the street and are available for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! This is something we decided to do for our community, to extend the gallery outside of our physical walls, and make artwork in a wide range of prices available for all to see, appreciate and buy. We are also happy to take you downstairs into what we can "Grandma's Basement" where you can browse through our art storage area to discover "hidden" art treasures not exhibited up on the gallery floor. Just ask us!
We Offer Unique, Creative Classes and Workshops for Adults
During the exceptionally weird year of 2020 we put our adult workshops on the back burner because we wanted to keep our staff and customers safe from Covid-19. We hope 2021 and 2022 are different in that we will be able to meet in person for half day or weeklong 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 our gallery staff. And ... subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified by email when the workshop dates are set. Thank you! Workshops planned for the 2021/2022 season include The Art of Self Portraits; 5-day Printmaking Series; Working with Dreams through Art; Intuitive Painting; Crown Making, Junk Journals; Smash Books; Meditative Sketching.