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Debbie Smith Solo Window Artist This Month

Miles City Family Ranch to Helena Art Gallery: Debbie Smith

We are delighted to introduce the Helena Community to one of our favorite artists, Debbie Smith. Her whimsical mixed-fiber-media sculptures have become so popular we decided to offer her the solo exhibit space in our large front window. Don't miss seeing her lighthearted corvids and "Guardians" in this 24-hours-a-day 7-days-a-week show! Her artwork will continue to be available through our Online Gallery Store for the rest of 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Featured Artist 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 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 avilable 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!

Artists whose work you can find in our Featured Window Artist Exhibitions and in our downstairs art storage rooms throughout the year, are:

Chip Clawson, Jennifer Thompson, Robin Leenhouts, Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette, Laurie Shaman, Judy Kline, Caroline Davis, Lori Blaylock, Betsey Hurd, Michele Landsaat, Maureen Cole, Peter Shaughnessy, Boyd Carson, Tim Carney, Maureen Shaughnessy, Dawn Endean, Annie Lewis, Becky Street, Tina Garrick Albro, Larry Calkins, John Andrew, SarahJess Swann, Susan Mattson, Eliza Weber, Carla Potter, Debbie Smith, Lauren Zalewski, Joyce Watts-Coolidge, Joan Wescott and Clare Clum.

Check out our artist pages here to see available works by the above artists.

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 that have arrived at 1+1=1 Gallery. Subscribe to Maureen’s Love Notes to receive announcements, event invitations and updates about gallery artworks!

 

 

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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.

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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 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. 

I plucked.

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.

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

Details:

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

DATES:

  • 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.

TIMES:
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.

Know a kid who would like to attend? Give them a gift card!