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1+1=1 Gallery Classes & Events

1+1=1 Gallery is primarily a contemporary visual arts exhibit space representing well known as well as up and coming artists in Montana. We also offer expressive arts classes, evening art-making sessions, studio artist gatherings, live music, readings and a rental space for gatherings of up to 49 people.

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Upcoming Classes & Events

HOME exhibition opens June 5, 2021

Home: an invitational group exhibition featuring diverse artists expressing their concept of Home Featuring artworks by Karen Abel, Brad Defrees, Maureen Cole, Cindy Hanson, Jennifer Thompson, Amanda Fulk, Tina Garrick Albro, Clare Emery, Wendy Anderson, Cassie Smith and Maureen Shaughnessy Details: Saturday, June 5 through Saturday July 10 Open House… Read more

Our New Window Exhibitions and Online Gallery Store

Find New Items to Take Home or Give as Gift in 1+1=1 Online Gallery Store 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… Read more

Adult 2021 Workshop Series

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. Read more

Current Exhibits

Chip Clawson Solo Window Artist This Month

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. Read more

Artist Made Jewelry at 1+1=1

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. Read more

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Past Events

Young Voices Exhibit And Fundraiser Features 16 Artists

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) Read more

Bruce Kitts Featured Window Artist

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. Read more

2020 Holiday Gift Show at 1+1=1 Gallery

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. Read more

Trudy Skari Featured in Our Gallery Shop

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. Read more

Art of Wood 2020

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. Read more

FOUR: an Exhibit Featuring Four Montana Artists

FOUR: We Chose Four of our Favorite Gallery Artists Open House 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… Read more

Black is a Color: an Exhibit about the Flow of a Show

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… Read more

2020 Kids Summer Studio Series

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… Read more

Junk Journals with Judy Kline

Junk Journals with Judy Kline: July 19th, $50, limited to 6 participants Ready for a relaxing afternoon of making art in a very small group? Well, we have just the thing for you! At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a fabulous junk journal with lots of… Read more

Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray

Spend a truly relaxing day learning about meditative sketching Studio artist, Linda McCray leads a contemplative workshop at a time we might be feeling anxious A peaceful afternoon of meditation and creativity Spend an afternoon in a very small group with local artist, Linda McCray. Linda paints extraordinary abstracts imbued… Read more

Paper Crown Making with Bonnie Lambert

Let’s Get Together Safely to Make Paper Crowns Tired of staying inside? We are too. 1+1=1 Gallery is (safely) celebrating the re-opening of our lives and classroom by hosting a paper crown-making workshop, taught by favorite local artist, Bonnie Lambert.  Come have fun with us Spend a day making paper crowns… Read more

Young Voices 2020

Because our brick and mortar gallery is temporarily closed, our annual “Young Voices” Exhibit is Online. Emerging Voices of Young Artists 1+1=1 Gallery opens a fabulous new exhibit of art students’ work on April 6th and it runs through May 15. Young Voices 2020 is also a fundraiser for two… Read more

2019 Annual Holiday Gift Show

6th Annual Holiday Gift Show Nov. 15 through Dec 30. Over 50 Montana and regional artists are displayed. Affordable prices! 1+1=1 Gallery, Helena, Montana Read more

New Works by Betsey Hurd & Dan McArdle

New Works by painter/sculptor Betsey Hurd and wood carver, Dan McArdle, will be on display at 1+1=1 Gallery from Oct 19 through Nov 9, 2019. Stop by the gallery during the Fall Art Walk Nov. 8 from 5 to 9pm. Demos and Refreshments. Read more

40 IN 4D: forty digital paintings viewed through augmented reality

40 in 4D features forty digital paintings by four diverse artists, all revealed in the gallery using augmented reality. The exhibit runs from Sep 27 through Nov 9, 2019 Opening Night of our newest exhibit, 40 in 4d, is September 27th — which coincides with our 6th Anniversary as a… Read more

Wow – Six Years Already?

Really? Has it Been That Long? Most of our gallery visitors and friends know at least a little of our story as an art gallery. We opened 1+1=1 six years ago as a pop-up gallery, thinking we would keep it open for a month or two. We had picked up… Read more

Intro to Encaustic Workshop with Darla Myers

One-Day Intro to Encaustic Workshop by Bozeman Artist, Darla Myers Learn the Basics of Encaustic Painting in an intimate, hands-on, art-studio class setting. All supplies included, just bring yourself and your fearless creativity. October 5th Evening Intro 5:30 to 7-ish October 6, 10-4:30 Cost: $175 includes instruction, all materials and… Read more

Artists in TWO, Aug 21 – Sept 14

Featured Artists’ in TWO Aug 21 – Sep 14, 2019 Nancy Goughnour and Maureen Cole    This month we are featuring Nancy Goughnour and Maureen Cole in GalleryTWO. Both are Helena artists who have been showing at 1+1=1 Gallery for years. See Goughnour’s and Cole’s solo shows anytime we are… Read more

COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life

COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life features diverse artworks by four artists The exhibit runs from Aug 9 through Sep 14, 2019 Shop Companion in Our Online Catalog Please join us for an opening on Friday evening, Aug 9th from 5 to 8pm. Our openings are fun opportunities to meet… Read more

WORKS ON PAPER June 25 – August 3

“WORKS ON PAPER” features a diverse collection by seven artists The exhibit runs from June 25th through August 3rd. Please enable JavaScript to view the artwork. What: new exhibit, “WORKS ON PAPER” — featuring artwork created on paper by 7 local and regional artists When: Friday June 25 through August 3rd,… Read more

Maracujá Brazilian-Cuban Music at 1+1=1 Gallery

Dance Dance Dance to a Live Performance of Latin Beats by Maracujá We are delighted and excited to invite Helena friends and neighbors to the first Latin jazz performance at 1+1=1 Gallery. This incredible opportunity to have Maracujá perform in Helena just fell out of the sky on us and wow… Read more

BODY 2019 – Opening Reception

BODY 2019: our Fourth Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Exhibit Opening night of our BODY III on May 10th, was a smashing success. Check out our photos of the reception and plan to make it to our next opening reception on June 21st! Opening Night or Quiet Gallery Day?… Read more

BODY 2019 Opens May 10th

“BODY 2019″ opens May 10th with a fabulous & elegant opening reception Models wearing the art … live music by the Amazing Graces … wine and appetizers … and most importantly, fabulous art jewelry (think Mother’s Day gifts) and figurative paintings and sculpture. Opening night is May 10th and the… Read more

Artists in TWO, May 10-30

Featured Artists’ in TWO during the Spring Art Walk Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio We are hosting an extra special evening for the Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk on May 10th On the evening of May 10, we are opening three shows: BODY III, our third annual figurative art and… Read more

Artists in TWO, April 13 – 26

Open House Saturday April 20th to celebrate Bonnie Lambert & Erika James You are invited to join us at 1+1=1 Gallery anytime during the day from 11 to 4, to meet Bonnie Lambert and enjoy her fabulous art jewelry along with a second solo show by Erika James of Portland,… Read more

VESSEL Opens March 22

“VESSEL” opens March 22nd with an opening reception We are excited and delighted to bring you our second group exhibit of the year titled, VESSEL. Vessels metaphorical or literal, decorative and functional, ceramic, wood or ink on paper … vases, cups, plates, sculptures, bowls, mugs and some that refuse to… Read more

Artists in TWO, Feb-March 2019

Brand New Featured Artists Events All Year Long Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery Beginning this month in 2019, our Back Gallery will be a place for us to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. Every artist we represent will have a chance to… Read more

New Art Space

Our Back Gallery has Morphed into TWO Or should we say we have experienced mitosis? We don’t have any more room to expand 1+1=1, so instead of getting bigger, we divided and changed our programming. Now, what we’ve been calling the “Back Gallery” (for five years) will be dedicated to… Read more

2-Day Women’s Self Portrait Workshop

  Two Day Women’s Self-Portrait Workshop INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Shaughnessy WHERE: in the studio at the back of 1+1=1 Gallery, in Helena. WHEN: Saturday March 16: Evening Intro and Multi-Media Presentation Sunday March 17 and Sunday March 24 from 10 to 5pm. WHO: women of any level of experience. You do… Read more

Young Voices 2019

Never miss knowing about a 1+1=1 event again! To receive our love notes once or twice a month, subscribe with this button:  4th Annual Young Voices exhibit opens Friday, February 15th at 5:00pm Please join us for an exceptionally wonderful event that supports blooming artists and local non-profits Grab a… Read more

Shop Small Works until December 24th

This year’s Small Works Gift Show opened at 1+1=1 Gallery to a big crowd of enthusiastic shoppers and art lovers. Friday night and Saturday saw dozens of small and affordable artworks gift wrapped and heading out the gallery door. We are so happy to feel supported by the Helena community — and to in turn, give our artists the motivation to keep working in their studios! Read on for photos of selected pieces from the show, and an answer to the question, why buy art for a gift? Read more

Studio Art Sesh Calendar and Topics

Winter kids’ studio art sesh series topics: Nov 18 Printmaking – Carve small and large linoleum blocks for relief prints Nov 25 Printmaking – Print our relief prints and start collagraph plates (if time) Dec 2 Printmaking – Collagraph and drypoint etching plate making Dec 9 Printmaking – Print on etching press from… Read more

2018 Annual Small Works Show

  gifts … ornaments … artist-made-cards … small-artworks … ceramics … wood … collagraphs & etchings … tiny paintings … tiny encaustics … jewelry … smallish sculptures … cups & mugs … really amazing items to give to your loved ones … all affordable … all made by artists and… Read more

Wood & Wax Exhibit and Opening Night

A big thank you to everyone who came downtown for the opening reception of Wood & Wax 2018! That was one of the best attended openings we’ve had since we started 1+1=1 Gallery. Just. Wow! What a great way to celebrate our 5th anniversary as a gallery — and to… Read more

2nd Annual Wood & Wax Exhibit

October 19 – November 24, 2018 It’s Our 5th Anniversary … Come Celebrate with Us! Our second annual Wood & Wax exhibit opens Friday evening, October 19th and runs through November 24. Seven artists come together in this exquisite group show that features art made from wood and art made… Read more

Studio Art Seshes for kids teens and adults

Studio Art Classes and One-on-Ones Start November 2018 posted by Maureen Shaughnessy My art classes are kinda un-normal: I am offering some really fun art seshes this year. I am planning to teach teen one-on-ones; women’s workshops and kids’ studio seshes along with a couple of guest-artist one and two… Read more

Press Here Printmaking Show Opening

Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the opening of Press Here: a Printmakers Showcase. It was a resounding success; a great crowd; enthusiasm for the gallery talks; delish food and wine … and of course, the art on the walls: fabulous.   Read more

Printmaking Demo Saturday Sep 29

Press Here: a Printmakers Showcase is a gorgeous exhibit with original artwork by 10 printmakers. We have had so many folks asking about the process, after seeing the monoprint, etchings, woodcuts and collagraphs in person, that we decided to have a demonstration in the art studio at the back of… Read more

PRESS HERE: A Printmakers Showcase

“PRESS HERE: Printmakers’ Showcase” starts September 7th with an opening reception We are truly looking forward to our first exhibit of the fall, PRESS HERE. Opening night will be September 7th, when you can be the first to see the prints coming out of the studios of artists who work… Read more

RITUAL: Functional Clay in Everyday Life

“RITUAL: Functional Clay in Everyday Life” starts August 3rd with an opening reception Our next show opens August 3 and runs through September 1, 2018. Please join us on opening night for a reception, to meet the artists and get the best choice of functional pieces for your home, office… Read more

June First Friday for kids of all ages

Please join us for Downtown Helena’s June First Friday, at 1+1=1 Gallery. We’re hosting a sidewalk cafe´with chalk games, kid-friendly refreshments and some adult-friendly art inside the gallery. Currently we are showing our annual art jewelry and figurative art invitational exhibit. Gorgeous art — and lots of choice of one-of-a-kind jewelry in a wide range of prices. Hope to see you! Read more

SCULPTURE: Inside, Around and Between Ideas

  “SCULPTURE: Inside, Around and Between Ideas” starts June 29th with an opening reception Our next show opens June 29th and runs through July 28th. It’s a short exhibit but long on diversity and depth. We asked five Helena artists, as well as an artist from Wyoming and a California… Read more

BODY: 2nd Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Show

BODY 2018: Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational May 25 – June 23, 2018 Running from May 25 through June 23 this year, BODY will focus on one-of-a-kind art jewelry and unique contemporary figurative artworks (woodcuts, embroidery, oil paintings and ceramic vessels.) Please join us Friday evening, May 25th… Read more

"Nebulatron" by Peter Shaughnessy of BC Canada

Flight exhibit opens Friday evening, April 20

Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for the opening reception of our newest exhibit, Flight, on Friday, April 20th from 5 to 8pm. This fabulous exhibit features all new works by 14 artists who’ve approached the theme of flight in their own distinct way, using many mediums including printmaking, clay,… Read more

Hand Plucked Art Exhibit Opens March 2

  HAND PLUCKED: an exhibit of art selected by your very own friends and neighbors, opens Friday evening, March 2, and runs through April 14, 2018. When we began planning this exhibit last summer, we knew we wanted to continue our annual tradition which allows us to really step back,… Read more

4th Annual Hygge Open House

Well, we are making our Hygge Open House a true Helena tradition. Every year we’ve offered this fun event, attendance has grown and folks are telling us they look forward to it! Our hope is that by next year, all of downtown Helena will take part in an annual mid-winter… Read more

3rd Annual Young Voices

  Please join us for an exceptionally wonderful event that supports blooming artists and local charities. Our 3rd Annual Young Voices exhibit opens Friday, February 2nd at 5:00pm. Grab a snack and beverage, listen to youngsters bravely deliver their artist talks, browse their original artwork and choose a piece of… Read more

2017 Small Works Holiday Gift Show

The opening reception of our last exhibit of the year is always a festive party and a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping — or just get ideas the first night. Come back anytime before Christmas to check off your gift list. What are Small Works? Why Shop Small?… Read more

Wood and Wax Exhibit

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Wood & Wax opening reception on October 6th. It was hugely successful and we are grateful for your support of our artists and the gallery. Featured artists in Wood & Wax are John Andrew (burl bowls and bowls turned of Helena… Read more

Tari Nelson-Zagar Violin Concert Sept 24

Tari Nelson Zagar at 1+1=1

We’re excited to have Seattle violinist, Tari Nelson Zagar, back in her hometown at Sound Gallery this month. If you attended last year’s performance by Tari, you know it was a rare treat and we had a full house.

In this performance Nelson-Zagar brings another evening of sound exploration to the gallery, using found sound, improvisation, and discovering new music conversations hidden in old treasures. You might hear jazz standards, a virtuosic violin concerto, or an old cowboy song. You might want to bring all the bells you own, too!
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Wood & Wax Exhibit Opens October 6

We are thrilled about our upcoming exhibit, Wood & Wax, featuring a handful of talented artists who’ve dedicated their craft to working with two beautiful and challenging mediums in diverse ways.  They’ve shaped, molded, painted, carved, sanded and melted in means that promise to surprise and delight.

When: Opening Reception Oct 6. Show runs through Nov 14.

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 North Last Chance Gulch

What: Casual panel-style gallery talk by the artists from 5:30 to 6p. Wine/appetizer reception 6 to 8p.

Who: anyone interested in fine contemporary art, folks who want to learn more about woodworking and encaustic; adults and children. Everyone is welcome.

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Downtown Helena First Friday Tabla Jazz Fusion and Indian appetizers

Join us Friday, August 4th for Downtown Helena’s First Friday celebration! We have a fun family-friendly special event planned for the evening. Veggie Pakoras and ice cold chai by Ishinder Kaur …  Live performance of Tabla-Jazz Fusion by Jaskrit and Haransh Singh from 5:30 to 7:45 or so. Hope you can… Read more

Variantrio Project to Perform at Sound Gallery

Please join us for an evening of soul-jazz-chamber music performed by up and definitely coming group, Variantrio Project. Stephen Gores on piano, Holly Hamper on vocals, Maren Haynes Marchesini on cello, Andy Cottrell on percussion with special guest, Mj Williams on trombone. Don’t miss this one! at 1+1=1 Gallery June 23rd 7 to 9pm Read more

BODY: Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Invitational

BODY: Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational July 7th – August 15th   Running from July 7 through August 15, BODY focuses on one of a kind artist-made jewelry and unique figurative woodcuts and ceramic vessels. Please join us Friday evening, July 7th for an opening reception and to… Read more

All My Relations – Interconnectedness of All Life.

An Exhibit about the Interconnectedness of All Life May 26 through July 1, 2017 An exhibit featuring eight regional artists working in ceramics, wood sculpture, oil and acrylic painting and lino-cut prints.  If you missed the opening reception, please come on down and enjoy a cup of fresh coffee, some… Read more

Diagenesis Duo World Premiere in Helena

Diagenesis Duo at 1+1=1 Thursday May 4th, 2017 Please join us for a world premiere of Different Kinds of Light, and more fabulous sound-magic. Diagenesis Duo performs at Sound Gallery on May 4th. Can’t wait to experience this performance! Sound Gallery May Performance: Diagenesis Duo Where: 1+1=1 Gallery 434 N. Last Chance Gulch When: Thursday,… Read more

Genius Loci: Experience the Soul of Place

GENIUS LOCI: EXPERIENCE THE SOUL OF PLACE We’re so excited about this exhibit because we think it will change you if you come to opening night and listen/converse with these three artists. If you are open to absorbing what they have to say about sketching while they travel, sink in, we… Read more

Syrinx Effect to Perform at Sound Gallery

Syrinx Effect at 1+1=1 Saturday April 15th, 2017 Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for another great original music concert. Syrinx Effect on April 15th. Last summer jazz lovers were delighted by Naomi Moon Siegel’s solo trombone performance at Sound Gallery. We immediately bought her new album, Shoebox View, and play it all… Read more

Teen Art Wanderings this Summer

  By request of some of my older art students, I am trying something new this summer. It’s a series of plein-air drawing and painting classes for teens on eight Mondays. We’ll focus on learning to draw from life and nature, by observing carefully and practicing basic and more advanced skills.… Read more

Mary Beth Shaughnessy "Untitled" painting

Sunday Art Sesh – Intuitive Painting Series

A Four-Part Workshop: Mindful Art using Your Intuition Dec 4 & 18 and Jan 8 & 15 from 2 to 5pm This series of four Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to explore how meditation, mindfulness and intuition can lead or inform our creativity. Whether you are an experienced artist, new to art,… Read more

Forest Stream Prairie Opening Night

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE 2016: featuring new work by Dan McArdle & Maureen Shaughnessy Mounting an exhibit takes us a couple of days. We take down the previous exhibit and pack up pieces that have sold. Unsold pieces go into our art storage downstairs. Then we patch holes in the walls,… Read more

Sunday Art Sesh – Dream Art Series

This series of two Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to — artfully — explore and encourage their dreams, or learn to help others do this. Whether you are an experienced artist, new to art, a therapist, or someone interested in letting your creativity blossom, you are going to love this dream illustration series. Read more

Forest Stream Prairie Oct 7 to Nov 14 2016

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE (Oct 7th and runs through Nov 14th) features new works by two Helena artists. Dan McArdle will show his latest sculptural relief wood carvings of stream bottoms with trout, prairie grasses and Big Leaf Maple leaves.  Maureen Shaughnessy has been working on a new series of delicately detailed… Read more

Bob Nell Acclaimed Jazz Pianist

Bob Nell in Concert Sunday September 25th, 2016   Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for another fabulous performance of original music — this time, Bozeman composer and performer extraordinaire Bob Nell performs his own jazz piano solos. innovative. tender. Unpredictable. Extraordinary. Sublime. Brilliant. Simply Great. Words and phrases used to… Read more

Sunday Art Sesh Schedule and Topics

It’s that time of year when I wrap up my kids summer art classes and start our women’s creativity and art sessions.

We’ve had such huge interest in the adult classes that I decided to offer them twice a month instead of just once monthly. So, on the first and second Sunday of each month, starting September 11, you have a fabulous opportunity to stretch your creative muscles in a small (6 student) class that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off and inspire you.

This year our Sunday Art Sesh classes are in short series or two, three or four. Please sign up for all of the classes in a series to get the most out of your time. For example, the self portrait series is very in-depth (and transformative) and if you miss one, you’ll miss a big chunk of the experience. Read on for the whole schedule … Read more

Sunday Art Sesh Self Portrait Series

To start off our 2016/2017 season of Sunday afternoon art sessions, I am offering a 3-part series to explore the art of the self portrait with different media. We’ll use a DSLR camera, Iphone camera and processing on both the Iphones and a laptop computer. We will also make dry-point-etching self portraits and make a series of monoprint etchings on a tabletop press.

You may remember high school or junior high art classes when you were assigned to draw your self portrait. How did you feel about the drawing you made? Mine never really looked like me, and at the time (way back in dinosaur days) that was the message we got from our art teacher – that our self portraits were supposed to be as accurate a likeness as we could make them. If I still had that selfie, I’d show you! BIG Sigh…

This series of Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to explore their own sense of self and how you might express the different aspects of *you.* Whether you are an artist, are just getting started making art, or are interested in letting your creativity blossom, I know you are going to love this self-portrait series. Read more

Thoughtful Self Portraits by Kids Creativity Sesh Students

Self portraits are a form of creative, artistic expression that dates back to the first mud-paintings on cave walls, and from classical painters and sculptors to contemporary artists. Most artists don’t create self portraits to sell. But it is an incredibly useful way to practice the arts of introspection, observance,… Read more

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Peter Shaughnessy

Elements Opens August 12

Our next exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery is “Elements: Water Earth Air Fire,” featuring seven artists from Montana, and British Columbia. The work of these artists fits harmoniously into our theme of the natural elements of which all things are made. Each artist has been working on pieces for this show that embody… Read more

Black and White plus One

For “B&W+1” we invited four artists to contribute pieces created in black and white with just a pop of one (optional) color on some of the pieces. The result is a striking combination of styles, subject matter and diverse artistic vision. From April Coppini’s expressive realistic charcoal drawings of birds,… Read more

b&w+1 opens June 3rd

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming exhibit, b&w+1 (@1+1=1). We are waiting for photos from the four artists who will be featured in this show of black and white works with the addition of one other color. We’re excited to see what they send us and to hang the show so it gives viewers a fabulous juxtaposition of styles and mediums in black and white.

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May 6th First Friday

Downtown Helena parties every first Friday of the month
Here we are again getting ready for another First Friday in downtown Helena. For almost two years now, all of us downtown locally owned businesses have been staying open and offering fun events every First Friday of the month. In the beginning, few people ventured downtown to browse the businesses that were open later in the evening, mostly because they didn’t know about it. Now that word has spread about this fun evening activity, we have more and more people coming to the gallery and I’m sure, stopping by the other businesses.
This month’s First Friday is May 6th. What’s special at 1+1=1 Gallery?
I’m going to do an art demonstration in my studio (in the back of the gallery) for anyone interested in seeing one of the printmaking processes I used in the current exhibit, One-Off. In addition to the demo, we’ll have cookies and punch — and of course, you can come see the fabulous artwork in the gallery after your working hours.

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Opening Reception for One Off

We are excited to pair our newest gallery artist Tina Albro, of Seattle Washington, with gallery owner Maureen Shaughnessy in “One Off,” an exhibit of new one-of-a-kind prints by both artists.

Please join us for a reception to meet the artists Friday evening, April 15th from 5 to 8.

Door opens at 5
Casual artist talks will be from 5:30 to 6
Sushi, wine and other goodies right after the talks at 6pm

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April’s First Friday No Foolin

Please Join us for a Festive April 1st
April’s First Friday is tonight and we want you to celebrate with us, the return of Montana’s Spring-ish weather. Friday, April 1 from 5 to 9pm. Live music somewhere in the middle of the evening.

Historic Downtown Helena gets together the first Friday of each month and stays open late for the enjoyment and convenience of community members.

It’s always a great date idea. Businesses are open from 5 to 9pm, and many have refreshments, special sales and other events. The Holter has their Corks N’ Canvas event; the Turman Larison Contemporary has an art opening this time; Cindy Hanson has the best (!) new fresh flowers in her shop this week. Downtown restaurants are always open when you’re ready for a full meal or dessert. Lots of art galleries. Lots of fun. Come discover shops you rarely or never visit!

At 1+1=1 Gallery, we almost always have live music and special food, wine and other beverages. This month we’re serving a Pinot Grigio and a Red Blend paired with Triple Cream Camembert and Irish Dubliner Special Sharp cheeses … chewy baguettes and whole grain crackers. We also have non-alcohol beverages.

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Sound Gallery Performance Piano Jazz

Save the date — March 25th 7:30 to 9pm
…for a delightful evening of all-original piano compositions at Sound Gallery … Bob Packwood, Helena pianist and jazz musician will do a workshop-style preview of his original tunes that will be recorded in the near future for a solo album. This is your chance to hear his “babies” before the general public gets to hear them. Don’t miss this evening performance in a beautiful art gallery space with a small audience. Deep listening. Great acoustics. Even better — original new music!

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March First Friday All About Earthy Irish culture

Please join us at 1+1=1 Gallery for an evening of Irish food and music from the 18th century by Queen City Consort
Date Night Idea
Drop in between 5:30 and 7pm and stay for a few minutes or as long as you’d like to listen to this fine group and enjoy some great Irish-inspired food and drink! It’s a great idea for date night — many downtown businesses are open, including restaurants, galleries and boutiques, for your fun and convenience. First Fridays have been going on in downtown Helena for over a year and are gaining popularity and momentum. You can even paint your own painting at Corks n Canvas at the Holter Museum of Art after you come by the shops on the 400 block.

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Where Outside the Body Is The Soul

1+1=1 Gallery and Sound Gallery present our first performance of 2016
… an evening with two acclaimed Montana artists: poet Melissa Kwasny and improvising sound artist, MJ Williams


A suite of poems by Melissa Kwasny with improvised sound by MJ Williams
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Second Annual Hygge Open House Week

We had such a great time last winter hosting a week-long open house based on the concept of Hygge, we decided to make it an annual festive event at 1+1=1 Gallery. We hope Downtown Helena takes up the Hygge idea next winter, for the February First Friday event.  Let’s do it up right next month, when everybody in Helena is lookin for something to cheer them up, some great way to hang out with friends, enjoy good drinks, food, comraderie and art.
We kick off the week with our first art exhibit of the year, the All Artist Winter Review.
Read more about the first 2016 exhibit here
Here’s the schedule for our Hygge Open House activities, food and music:
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Gallery window while we are close

Taking a winter break … reopening with a new show

Hello, good readers, dear friends and gallery visitors:
1+1=1 Gallery will be closed January 17th through February 4th. We are re-opening the evening of February 5th with a new, exciting exhibit, so we hope many of our customers from around Montana will be able to attend that opening reception. More details below.

So … nope — it’s not a vacay — I’m just taking a couple week break from having the gallery open. I’ll be in my studio painting and getting ready for my winter art class series. Also working on the website (it’s been many months since the site went live and the artists pages still are not finished! I don’t even have an artist page for myself. Oh well — the shoemaker’s kids and the cabinet maker’s kitchen …)

We are making some additions to the gallery: a permanent photography setup; a shipping room and as always, more shelves and pedestals. Plus I’ll be painting over the beautiful mural that was part of the last exhibit installation. And Tim is doin some honey-do’s. Plus, we have some exciting new events coming up!

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One Family: Three Visions Opening Pics

Thank you to everyone who came to our opening reception for the gallery talks and wine/sushi party afterwards. We had a full house and lots of fun. I am so glad my friends and gallery supporters had the opportunity to meet some of my creative siblings, my mom and my… Read more

kids art exhibit

Young Voices Exhibit Opens Oct 30

We invite you to an opening reception of our upcoming exhibit, “Young Voices” on the evening of Oct. 30th, at 1+1=1 Gallery. Please come support these young artists, ages 9 to 13, in their first group exhibit in Helena.
Artists featured in the exhibit are Adia Terry, Ema Terry, Hannah Martin, Lily Hamper and Phil Martin. These five artists have participated in summer creativity/art classes taught by Maureen Shaughnessy and have spent the month of October learning the behind-the-scenes of exhibit planning, promotion and organizing.

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Scot Ray Super8sonic Lap Steel & Film

Scot Ray
Brings a Super8sonic Lap Steel & Film Soundscape 
to a Small  Audience
Sound Gallery will present its first performer of the “Fall/Winter Season” on October 16th. Scot Ray, a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, currently homesteads in a small mountain town in Southwestern with intermittent excursions to wield his slide guitars in a variety of odd and captivatingly obscure projects including Gutpuppet, Drift & Throttle, Roughnecks, and the Tee-tot Quartet.

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Opening Reception “Visual Poetry”

Please join us for our opening reception of VISUAL POETRY, featuring two talented local artists, Trudy Skari and Andrea Cross Guns. The gallery will open with this new show at 5pm on September 25th. Gallery talks by the artists from 5:30 to 6pm, and we’ll break out some delicious sushi and desserts, wine and other beverages at a reception after the talks.

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana

When: 5 to 8 pm September 25th

What: artist talks 5:30 to 6. Come meet the artists! Reception after the talks

Info: 406.431.9931 or check our Facebook Event Page for the latest updates and sneak peeks.

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Closing Reception “Of The Earth” Sept 22

Please join us for a wine-and-cheese-meet-the-artists closing reception at 1+1=1 Gallery
On September 22, we are celebrating this fabulous exhibit before we take it down, and want to give locals a chance to visit with Jean Albus and Tim Carney in case you missed their gallery talks at the opening last month.

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Girls Sunday Afternoon Art Sessions

Our popular Girls Art Nights ran for a year and a half on the third Thursday evening of each month. The sessions always filled up and turned out to be lots of fun for everyone. Women in our monthly classes have an inexpensive opportunity to make creative art projects, learn to trust their inner artist voices, play with each other, enjoy great potluck finger food, beverages and all the art supplies they needed to complete an artwork or two or three in a few hours.

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Eric Moe Piano Concert in Helena

Eric Moe
Pittsburg Pianist/Composer Performs Solo Piano Concert 
for Helena Audience
The Sound Gallery will present its last performer of the “Solo Summer Series”. Eric Moe is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh an a world-renowned pianist/composer. More information is available at Eric’s website,

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Cynthia Hilts Performs in Helena August 6

Cynthia Hilts
performing solo vocal & piano concert
for Montana listeners
CynthiaHilts is a truly multi-talented composer, pianist and singer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founder of a large band known as The Lyric Fury Ensemble. Her work is highly original and reflects her unique look at the natural world with a great jazz flare. She will perform her own compositions in her lively, audacious style at Sound Gallery on the evening of August 6th.

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August First Friday in Helena Montana

1+1=1 Gallery and The Herb & Garden are co-hosting a 4-hour sidewalk-cafe´ together during the August 2015 Downtown Helena First Friday!
Please join us at our 4-hour “North-End” Sidewalk Cafe´ where you can enjoy free fresh fruit-waters, lemon and limeade, guacamole, salsa and chips that Cindy and Maureen are serving inside their shops. We hope to have live music too!

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Tari Nelson-Zagar at Sound Gallery July 24

Tari Nelson Zagar, of Seattle Washington, will delight and amaze us with her solo violin performance at Sound Gallery. The concert starts at 7:30 pm July 24th in Helena, Montana. Sound Gallery is located at 1+1=1 Gallery and is the only venue in Helena offering original, new experimental music for small audiences. Please join us at Sound Gallery in the atmosphere of a fine art visual gallery, enjoy a glass of wine, local ale or fresh citrus water; sit back and experience a sound adventure.
Helena artist and arts-supporter, Suzy Holt, says “I saw Tari in concert at the Myrna Loy years ago and she knocked my socks off! Unforgettable!”

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Kids Collage with Flub-ups, Oops and Leftovers

July 14th Kids Creativity Sesh
Flub-ups, Oops and Leftovers Make Cool Collages

Sometimes one of my paintings or drawings just isn’t up to snuff… But that’s okay. It’s chill. I don’t worry and — I definitely don’t toss it! That’s like gold in the hands of a collage artist (that would be you, or your kiddo, in this fun class.)

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Kids Creativity Sesh Summer Round Up 2015

Alrightee then … we finally have our entire summer schedule for the Kids’ Creativity Classes at 1+1=1 Gallery and Brown Bird Studio (the very back, very cool, bright studio space behind the gallery.)
Classes are always on a Tuesday morning, 9:00 to noon. Tuition is $24/class and includes all materials and a nutritious snack. 

So here goes …
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Kids Creativity: Make Brushes & Mark-Making Tools

Our first Kids Creativity Class of the summer is June 16th

I’m pretty excited to venture into doing my own classes for kids. I’m starting this year with once a week classes for 9 to 13 year olds. Next year, I will probably branch out to younger and older kids, especially if we have a gallery manager who can take over some of the work. [grin]

Energy movement, expression of form, creation of meaningful, new forms. Invented tools. Unique paint brushes. Drawing with found objects and natural materials. Creative. Expressive. Fun. Outside-the-box!

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Kids: Paint How You Feel

June 23rd Kids Creativity Sesh!

Our second Kids Creativity sesh for 9 to 13 year old kids, is all about abstract painting and mark-making. It’s about breaking out of the urge to paint like a photograph, or realistically. It’s about expressing the feelings we have, or the feeling of a thing. It’s one way to get away from, “I-can’t-draw-horses-that-look-like-horses-so-I’m-giving-up,” to “Oh! I love riding horses (riding my skateboard/climbing trees/swimming …) and I know how that feels! I can paint the way it feels!”

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Kids: Float Your Boat

July 7th Kids Creativity Sesh!

Make boats of paper, cardboard, cloth and other cool stuff.
Then learn about making an art installation in a shop window!
Boys and girls alike, will get into this boat-sculpture-making class. When we’re done with our boats, we’ll have a free, follow up morning when the students will learn about making an installation-art project in the front window of the gallery!

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Kids: Create Driftwood Critters & Stuff

June 30 Kids Creativity Sesh!

Remember watching clouds and figuring out what shapes you could see with your imaginations? Or making ink blobs and turning them into something “recognizable?” That was always fun, right? We stretch our creative minds outside the box by letting natural or found objects suggest to us what they want to become … fantastical creatures, weird monsters, make-believe machines, whatever our imaginations see when we really LOOK at the found objects.

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Dan Brunkhorst at Sound Gallery June 19

Dan Brunkhorst uses percussion, electronics, and instruments he has fashioned from found objects to create a world of improvised sound. He will be giving the first solo performance of Sound Gallery at 7:30 pm June 19th in Helena, Montana.
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Handmade Brushes & Mark Making

Learn to make Your Own Paint Brushes

Sunday Afternoon May 24th, from 2 to 5 pm
Learn how to make your own paintbrushes and mark-making tools out of non-traditional and traditional materials. Handmade brushes can help you establish your own “palette” of personal marks and strokes to make your artwork truly your own.

Only 6 spaces in this workshop! Pre-registration is required.
Register early.

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Celebrate Flowers at 1+1=1 next First Friday

May 1st is Downtown Helena’s First Friday — it’s also May Day — a day to celebrate gardens, flowers, plants, trees and friendship. We invite you to come to our historic downtown that Friday evening to enjoy what we hope is lovely spring weather and all the local businesses that stay open late that evening.

1+1=1 Gallery will be open that night and celebrating May Day with a fun free hands-on art activity for all ages. Come on down and play with us — take home a colorful, flowerful piece of art to remind you of the amazingness of Nature and Springtime!

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ThreeForm Plays 1st Sound Gallery Concert

May 28th at 7:30 pm ….
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear live, original music performed in an intimate space. See you there!

Inaugural Sound Gallery Concert with Ann Tappen, Rob Kohler & MJ Williams
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Image Transfers on Canvas, with Acrylic

Girls Art Night Image Transfers

March 29th — Girls Art Night is All About Experimenting with Image Transfers
Learn how to transfer old photographs, vintage illustrations or your own drawings onto canvas, wood or cloth.
From 2pm to 5pm, you will make a 12×12 inch canvas mixed-media piece with image transfers, collage materials and paint. While the image transfer is drying, you can plan out your collage and get the other materials ready to apply to your canvas. There will also be an opportunity to transfer an image onto muslin cloth or a flat piece of wood.

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Learn to be an Artist’s Model — a workshop

A Workshop for Anyone Interested in Becoming a Part-time Artist’s Model
Held in a professional, contemporary art gallery setting 
A Monday Evening in Sumer 2016 (TBA) from 6:30pm to 8pm
Preregistration is required. We will have online tuition signup available a few weeks before the workshop. 

Did you know unique opportunities exist to work as an artist’s model? Artists are all around you — in Helena and beyond — looking to draw and paint from a live model. Artists appreciate all body types, shapes, sizes and ages! There is a need for models for clothed, draped or nude life-drawing sessions.

This workshop will introduce you to the art of modeling, and guide you through the process, so you can be comfortable and confident as a professional or occasional artist’s model.

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Girls Art Night Icon Art Cards

February Girls Art Night — SOLD OUT
It’s all about making Art Cards Inspired by Byzantine Iconic Images

From 6 to 8:30 pm, we will learn a few collaging and painting techniques (mixed media) to make mini-iconic images. These can be used as gifts, postcards, greeting cards, or framed as tiny artworks. We’re going to look at traditional Russian and Greek Byzantine iconic art, then use collected images (from old greeting cards) of angels and the Madonna, to make our own gorgeous icons. If we have time, you can also make a second icon using more contemporary imagery like Dick, Jane and Sally or other children’s book pages.

Using the techniques and format Maureen will share, your art cards can be religious or secular — it’s up to you. Anything goes. It’s easy! Either way we’re sure you’ll make something special and unique!

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