October 20th – November 12, 2022

The Gloria Hermanson Art Collection

Gloria Hermanson was an avid supporter of the arts community of Montana and a passionate collector of Montana artists. Her extensive personal collection included work by several significant and well-known Montana artists. While many of those pieces remain with the family in the wake of Gloria’s passing, 1+1=1 Gallery is fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase a large portion of her collection this fall.

A wide variety of work will be featured, including original paintings, fiber art, ceramics (both functional and sculptural), and many original one-off prints. Some of the artists might be familiar to members of our gallery community, and many others will be recognizable to the arts community of Helena and the state of Montana overall.

To name a few of the artists represented by Gloria’s collection, we will be showing work by David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, Richard Swanson, Bruce Haughey, Frances Senska, Nancy Goughnour, Sarah Jaeger, George McCauley, Suzanne Shope, Elizabeth Hughes, Russell Chatham and Jim Gilman.

The exhibit will open on Thursday, October 20th, for a private reception at 6 p.m., then on Saturday, October 22nd, for a public open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The collection will be on display at the gallery until November 12th (be sure to stop by and see us during the Fall Art Walk on Friday, November 11th!) and available online until February 2023. Contact us at 406-431-9931 to arrange an in-person visit any day of the week! 

Gloria Hermanson

July 1944 – June 2022

Gloria Jeane Hermanson was born on July 19, 1944 in Williston, North Dakota. In 1958 the family moved to Helena, Montana. Three days after her graduation from Helena High School, Gloria was on a plane to Washington, D.C., for her new job with the FBI. She went on to work on Capitol Hill for the Senate Finance Committee.

After her time in Washington, Gloria returned to Helena where she worked for the Montana Aeronautics Commission, then moved to California where she taught adult education. She was drawn back to Montana again and worked with her father and brother in a farm machinery dealership, then formed her own business: Communications Strategies.

Gloria was married twice, first to Buzz McCabe and later to her high school sweetheart Gordon Tripp. She had two children, Marni Lee with first husband Buzz and HG (Buck) with Gordon. Gloria is survived by her children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with her siblings and several nieces and nephews.

Her family wrote in her obituary:

“Gloria served on so many Boards and Committees it is impossible to list them all as her opinions, her ability to get things done and willingness to fight for the cause were sought by many. Governors, Senators, Representatives, lobbyists and people in high positions counted her as a friend and colleague or a very worthy and respected adversary. Her natural curiosity led her to seek knowledge in many areas. She rode motorcycles, jumped out of airplanes, gained her pilot’s license, traveled much of the world, effected positive change, mingled with the powerful and ran with the big dogs. She made a difference.”

Sneak Peek Sample of the Gloria Hermanson Collection Below: