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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.

 

 

 

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 with powerful spiritual and symbolic meanings. Relax in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere of creativity and meditation. No experience required. We know you’ll be inspired!

Moving Forward through ART+SPIRIT

Are you ready to move forward? We can’t move backwards. This class will start with an exercise of connecting to nature through slowing down to truly SEE+DRAW. Linda will teach you some of her favorite basic oil pastel techniques and expressive design principles. We will connect to feelings through MUSIC+ART. Learn how people through the ages have connected to the Divine through making art inspired by sacred readings and praying with art, experience both. By the end of the afternoon you will have a sketchbook with creative ways to move forward through ART+SPIRIT. No experience needed.

Art-making, meditation and prayer

Art is much like meditation in that it allows us to connect with our true selves no matter what spiritual tradition we may have. Approaching art as meditation or contemplative prayer, helps us tap into our inner stillness, which is where the voice of spirit — however we experience it — speaks to us. This can lead to making images that come from awareness of the present moment, and of the deep spirituality inside us.

 

An example of Linda’s meditative and symbolic approach to painting can be found in a description of her painting, Oneness, left:

“Out of the brown darkness, emerges a gold celestial spiral that connects us with Light and all creation. It floats within soft orange and yellow ethereal Light, mysteriously not clearly seen. Blue-green, burnt orange and gold is mixed with sand from Montana and the River Jordan to convey the sacred ground we are on, right here and now.” ~ Linda McCray

 

DETAILS:

    • Date: TBA on either Saturday or Sunday
    • Time: 1 to 5pm
    • Tuition: $50 includes supplies
    • Location: 1+1=1 Classroom (rear portion of the gallery)
    • Address: 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
    • We will provide snacks and beverages. 
    • Please bring a face mask for everyone’s safety and health. Thank you!

ABOUT LINDA

Linda McCray is a local studio artist, teacher and spiritual director. She translates universal spiritual truths into abstract paintings that speak to others, regardless of their traditions. Her paintings have been included in numerous international, national and regional invitational and juried exhibitions in the US and England. She has had solo exhibitions and is slated to have a solo show at the Holter Museum of Art in the fall of 2020. She has taught as an adjunct professor of art; as well as lectured at art museums, universities, and conferences on contemporary spiritual art and art as mediation.

Some of Linda McCray’s paintings that have been shown at 1+1=1 Gallery


Our new 1+1=1 classroom offers a place to gather in small groups with awareness of social distancing and safety

We know there are hundreds of online/video/zoom workshops available. There is just something about the synergy of an in-person art class to get our creative juices flowing. We will make sure the classroom is set up for safe social distancing, and that we practice sanitary procedures to keep you and our community healthy. For that reason, the workshop is limited to just 6 participants. Register early to make sure you have a space.