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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 are we glad we took them up on their offer! I’ve been listening to their music on sound cloud and youtube and have already fallen in love with it.

Here. Have a Listen while you Read the rest of my Post:

This one is titled, “Dança da Solidão”

 

So … without further ado, here are the deets, folks:

WHAT:  Live acoustic performance of Brazilian Cuban and other Latin music by Maracujá
WHERE:  1+1=1 Gallery at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
WHEN:  Tuesday June 25 from 7 to 9pm
HOW MUCH:  We ask for a donation to pay the musicians, who are touring and promoting their album. Suggested donation of $15. We want everyone and anyone to come no matter what you can afford.
WHAT ELSE:  Beverages and light dessert will be served compliments of the gallery.

About Maracujá

Maracujá is traveling this summer as a duo, though they often play with more three or more members.Maracujá members, Caitlin Belem and Terrence Rosnagle will perform evocative danceable music from Brazil, Cuba and other Latin American cultures. 
Maracujá takes you on a journey around Latin America through music. From fiery Cuban son and Brazilian samba-funk to soothing bossa nova and wistful boleros, Maracujá plays music for dancing, music for listening, music to make you smile. Please join us Tuesday evening, June 25th to listen and be enthralled. We’ll have a small space on the hardwood floor for those of us who can’t listen without dancing or at least moving our bodies to the latin beats (that would be me) and we’ll have chairs for sitting too.  Check out their website. 
Maracujá plays the Royal Room in Columbia City, Seattle

Another bit of ear-candy:

Another Maracujá song for your ear pleasure, titled Namorado da Viúva

 

Some colorful somethings to get you in a tropical mood:

Cuban Dance session - blurry feet dancing
Photo courtesy of Victoria Imeson

BODY III – Opening Reception

BODY III: our Third 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?

Do you like parties and groups? As always, if you like to be social and surrounded by friends new and old … if you like a good party with great food, wine and other beverages, and stimulating conversation … if you like to be part of the buzz and happenings of downtown Helena, then our opening receptions are a perfect way to spend a Friday evening. We greet everyone with equal enthusiasm and consider you to be part of the 1+1=1 family. Save the date – June 21st – for another fabulous opening party!

Or do you like quiet days better? If you are more of a calm-afternoon art lover … someone who likes to take your time viewing art in a peaceful yet visually energetic atmosphere … if you want to look at each artwork closely and carefully … if you like to browse art exhibits in the middle of the week or a lazy Saturday afternoon, then 1+1-1 Gallery is the perfect place to be. Come on in and find something wonderful, original and evocative next time you are in our neighborhood. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and good conversation (or peace and quiet) anytime.

Here’s our album of photos from May 10th:

BODY III Opens May 10th

“BODY III” 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 exhibit runs through June 15th. 

Please join us Friday evening, May 10. Be the first to see and try on some of the art! We have incredible new jewelry pieces by Lori Blaylock, Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette, SarahJess Swann, Judy Kline, Pyper Hugos and Dave Barnes. We introduce jewelry artists new to us: Clare Clum, Ken Bova and Beth Gregory. And we welcome back sculptor, Nancy Goughnour and painter, Elizabeth Hughes Bass with their works on the walls of the gallery.

Wear something elegant and/or simple to show off the jewelry as you try it on. Let us help you find the perfect pair of earrings, a ring or necklace for the mother(s) in your life. Indulge yourself and add to your art collection with a new oil painting or sensual clay wall sculpture.

 

What: new exhibit, “BODY III” — our third annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Show

When: Friday May 10 from 5 to 8pm

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

Who: Because we must observe occupancy laws, during the Spring Art Walk, we will be limiting the number of visitors inside the gallery at any given time. If the gallery is too full when you come by, please visit the other shops in the 400 block and come back in a bit. Without huge crowds in the gallery, you will be able to view and enjoy the art much better. Thanks for understanding.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

Artists include:

• dave barnes  . helena mt
• lori blaylock .  billings mt
•ken bova . greenville nc
• nancy goughnour . helena mt
• beth gregory .  Bozeman mt
• paul guillemette . los angeles ca
• elizabeth hughes bass . butte mt
• pyper hugos & Jarrod Eastman . bozeman mt
• judy kline  .  helena mt
• bonnie lambert . helena mt
• sarahjess swann . bozeman mt

 

Our online catalog for BODY III goes live on May 15th! 

All artworks featured in BODY III will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the week after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

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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 art jewelry exhibit, in addition to two solo shows by Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in Gallery TWO. 

From May 10th through 30th, we are featuring Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in gallery TWO. Both are Helena artists who have been showing at 1+1=1 Gallery for years. Patty Ceglio was one of the first artists we exhibited, beginning with “SIX” almost five years ago. Her ceramic art has evolved along with her skills. This time, Patty has a solo show of her highly-textured cups and mugs. Linda McCray, a longtime Helena resident, artist and designer, brings a new series of her ethereal, spiritually-based paintings to her solo show at TWO.

 


 

We invite you to join us on May 18 from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery. Here’s your chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and informal atmosphere. Linda McCray will be at the gallery on May 18th to talk about her meditative process and inspiration.

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Morning treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and grazing boards from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.


 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

 

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, Oregon. This month, from April 13 through 26, we are featuring necklaces by Bonnie Lambert and atmospheric encaustic paintings by Erika James.

Helena artist, Bonnie Lambert is known for her unique art-jewelry as well as her constructed large-scale photographs. In TWO this month, Bonnie is displaying her necklaces made from found objects, natural materials such as gourds, oak galls and minerals with semi-precious stones, one-off beads, chocolate and wine foils and vintage silks. Erika James, of Portland, Oregon, makes moody abstract landscapes with encaustic wax. You must see her Columbia Gorge, Pacific beaches and mountain lakes up close and personal to truly get the experience of her encaustic paintings. We are absolutely delighted to have these two on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on April 20th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

We want to offer our Helena visitors a chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. Bonnie Lambert will be at the gallery on April 20, to show some of her materials and converse informally about her inspirations for art jewelry. Get inspired by the way she collects objects that normally would not be used in wearable-art, on her travels and gathering trips. Ask questions, examine her necklaces and find the perfect gift for a stylish friend, spouse or parent!

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Hot Cross Buns, Maureen’s own Savory Strata, Peach Mimosas, French press coffee and tea all morning until 1 or 2pm. Wine and artsy grazing boards from 2 to 4. What’s not to love about our open houses? It’s casual. Fun. Engaging. Delicious. Educational. And … a great place to find a Mother’s Day gift a little ahead of time!

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

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 be defined. Vessels you will recognize immediately and others you will have to ponder.

Opening night is March 22nd

Please join us Friday evening, March 22, so you can be the first to see our artists’ fabulous interpretations of the vessel theme. Local and regional artists have been hard at work making pieces for months.  We welcome back some of our long-time artists Trudy Skari, John Andrew, Sarah Magar, Maureen Cole and Laurie Shaman, who have each developed a strong following in Helena. We also welcome a handful of artists whom we have introduced recently, and whose work we hope you will grow to love and collect. SarahJess Swann, Andrew Rivera, Molly Rivera, Eliza Weber, Boyd Carson and Becky Street.

Expect to be surprised, delighted and moved by this group of vessels.

Molly Rivera

What: new exhibit, “VESSEL

When: Friday Mar. 22 from 5 to 8pm

Who: Our opening events are for everyone, kids too — and it’s free

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery is located at 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

More Info: Call the gallery 406.431.9931 or email us

 

Artists include:

• Andrew rivera  . Missoula mt
• becky street .  seattle wa
• boyd carson . bozeman mt
• eliza weber . phoenix az
• john andrew .  helena mt
• laurie shaman . chicago il
• maureen cole . helena mt
• molly rivera . missoula mt
• sarah magar  .  sook bc
• sarahjess swann . bozeman mt
• trudy skari . helena mt

Our online catalog for VESSEL goes live on March 26th. 

All artworks featured in VESSEL will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the week after the show opens. Watch for a link at the top of our home page here, or to make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our love notes and we will send you a link in an email that week.

Here’s the magic button to subscribe to our “love notes!” Get updates on events and invitations to our opening receptions for new exhibits. We promise not to spam you or share your private info with anyone — ever.

Subscribe to our email love notes so you don’t miss knowing about the next exhibit opening!

 

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 prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork.

This month, from Feb 15 through March 16, we are featuring Boyd Carson,Larry Calkins and Becky Street (Calkins and Street form a collaborative, back40prints) We are absolutely delighted to have these three on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on March 9th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

Here’s great chance to meet Boyd Carson, of Bozeman, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. He will be at the gallery for a few hours, to tell you about how he makes his exquisite wood vessels and answer your questions. He has some fine stories to tell of the trees and fence posts he uses as raw material and about his philosophy of revealing the soul of damaged trees with his art. You can pick his brains about his tools, shop, inspiration and life experiences.

Come on downtown Saturday, March 9th anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Brunch-style treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and appetizers from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. So exciting! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

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 two mini-solo shows by two artists at a time. We are calling it TWO.

What’s different about this “new” art-space, TWO?

Until now, the back gallery has been a place to display work by most of the artists we represent, and we rotated it as often as we changed our main exhibits. We wanted to do more to promote the artists on our roster, and thought it would be a good idea to offer solo shows.

Every three weeks or so, we will change the exhibits in this part of the gallery, even though the group exhibits in the front gallery will stay up for around 6 weeks. When we mount the new shows in TWO, we’ll have an Open House to introduce the artists and their work to the Helena community.

We will continue to have display space in the Back Gallery, for a selection of other art along with our Wall of Cups. However, it will be a smaller space than you are used to. You’ll find artist-made cards, one-off ceramics, and a sample of the many pieces of art we have in our inventory downstairs, beautifully displayed and rotated often. Stop by whenever you can to see what’s new in our Back Gallery.

Open House events are convenient, satisfying and educational.

Maybe your Saturday morning routine is to meet friends for brunch downtown. Perfect! Stop by our open house and grab a cup of espresso while you check out the new art and meet the artists. Or … maybe you stay home Friday nights (when we usually have big opening receptions) but you love going out on Saturday afternoons. Well, we’re here for you — get a quick energy boost and culture at 1+1=1 with art, appetizers and something to drink. Stop by in after the Farmer’s Market or after an hour browsing in Helena’s bookstores. Stay for 5 minutes or an hour!

 

At least one of the two artists will attend the open house, bringing some of their tools and materials from their studios and giving demos or talks. Our goal is to provide casual, friendly opportunities to meet the artists, ask them questions and listen to their stories. We also aim to give the artists on our roster a bit more of a spotlight for a few weeks each year.

What’s not to love about more events downtown?

So … our opening nights will still be on Fridays, and will happen every 6 weeks or so (check our 2019 schedule here) … and now, you have extra opportunities to see and learn about excellent art, have a fun date, and enjoy the buzz at 1+1=1. Don’t miss knowing about our new Saturday Open Houses! Subscribe to our Love Notes to find out when they’re happening.

 

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 not need to be a working artist to take this workshop.

COST: $225 per person, includes all supplies for 14 hours of instruction, demos and studio work time. Max 6 students. Scholarships available. Please inquire.

FOOD: Both Sundays we will take a lunch break together as a group. Bring a lunch. The gallery will provide light snacks, coffee, tea and other beverages. For our Friday evening intro meeting the gallery will provide light snacks, wine, coffee or tea.

MORE INFO: Call or text 406.431.9931 and leave a message. We’ll call you back. Or email us with any questions: [email protected]

 

Why Take This Workshop?

First of all, to have fun!

In this 2-day workshop we will explore the art of self portraits; why people make self portraits and how to express your essence and emotions through self portraits. Each participant will use photography and printmaking to complete several absolutely powerful self portraits.

A pre-workshop meeting the evening before the workshop will consist of a presentation by the instructor with slides and real-life examples of self-portraits by artists as well as past students. We will also take some time to get to know each other as a group and talk about what it means to create genuine self-portraits that express our inner selves. This evening is important to nurture trust and inspiration so you all can dive right into the project the first day.

Workshop Description

Day One of the Women’s Self-Portrait Workshop focuses on photographic self-portraits. Working in pairs and individually, you will stage and create a series of portraits expressing whatever aspects of your inner self you choose. This includes 8×10 prints of at least two of your best images.

Day Two (the following weekend) will consist of transforming your choice of your own images into a drypoint plate and printing several varied images from those plates, on the studio etching presses. You will be amazed at your results, whether you consider yourself an artist or not … no matter what your experience of photography and printmaking is.

Both the photographic and drypoint print self portraits can be extremely powerful. Maureen’s gift is guiding you in the entire process, from imagining ways to convey your self-image … to manipulating the photos. From the technical aspects of drypoint printmaking to how to ink the plates for fabulous, evocative results.

Just a reminder that we do have scholarships, funded by generous donors, patrons and several events we hold each year to raise donations. If you are living lightly and are interested in the workshop, please ask by contacting Maureen at the gallery (phone, walk in, or email ) and we will make it happen for you. We don’t want anyone left out of this creative adventure.

Young Voices 2019

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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 snack and beverage, listen to youngsters and teens bravely deliver their artist talks, browse their exquisite work and choose a piece of framed, funky or elegant, ready-to-hang art for your home. The art is super affordable — and 75% of all sales go to local charities selected by the young artists themselves. What’s not to love?!

During the winter of 2018/2019, these students have worked with Maureen Shaughnessy in her studio, exploring different printmaking and painting mediums. Now, the gallery walls are theirs for the duration of the show which runs from February 15th- March 13th.

 

What’s so Special about the Young Voices art exhibit?

In preparation for this exhibit, Maureen’s students personally helped to mount the show; they chose, framed, signed and titled their pieces; helped to clean and paint the gallery walls and pedestals, wrote artist statements and gallery talks and, in return, gained life skills, generosity and confidence as young artists and entrepreneurs.

Artists featured are:

Ema Terry, Rachel Kuntz, Hannah Fleischmann, Adia Terry, Lilly Hamper, Evey Linden and Ciana Williams-Standley. These artists range in age from 9-16 years old.

 

The artists have generously chosen two local organizations as beneficiaries of the exhibit: 

 … and the winners are … God’s Love homeless shelter and the Holter’s Art for Survival Program.

As part of the preparation for this exhibit, we ask the students to research a list of a couple dozen local non-profits and to pick their top two or three favorites. They all come together and advocate — to each other — for their choices. This year we had some difficult choices to make. So many great organizations were on their short lists! After discussion and some lobbying, we use a consensus process to settle on two that everyone feels good about donating to. They are working hard to raise these funds, so we want them all to feel heard, and have ownership in the outcome.

As galleries do, artwork sales are split 50/50 with the artists. These seven youth will donate half of their commission and the gallery will donate all of ours. Your purchases encourage young artists in gaining confidence and contribute to these deserving local organizations. 

Check out some of the exhibit highlights and behind-the-scenes pics:

For more, go to our Facebook event page or Maureen’s studio Instagram account. We’ve been posting photos throughout the months of preparation. 

 

These classes and wonderful event would not be possible without the support of our community

We would like to thank the individuals who have made these classes and art exhibit possible with their own generosity. Christine Eckel donated all of the frames. Three anonymous donors contributed two full scholarships for students from low-income families. And the Alex Team asked 1+1=1 Gallery to manage an auction of Alexandra Swaney’s personal art collection, with proceeds going to our scholarship fund and to Musikanten Montana, two of her favorite causes. The Alex Team is MJ Williams, Nancy Owens, Melissa Kwasney, Nan Parsons, Bryher Herak and John Sims. It takes a village to raise a child. And a village’s engagement and commitment to each other, to create a great place to live for all.

To everyone who attends openings, purchases art, donates time and funds, comes in on ordinary days to view and appreciate the art of all of our artists: Thank you for your ongoing support.

~ Maureen Shaughnessy and Tim Carney