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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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Adult 2021 Workshop Series

We Offer Unique, Creative Classes and Workshops for Adults

During this exceptionally weird year – 2020 – we postponed our adult workshops because we wanted to keep our staff and customers safe from Covid-19. We hope 2021 is different in that we will be able to meet in person for one-day ora  one-afternoon 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 Ema. And … subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified by email when the workshop dates are set. Thank you!

Art of Self Portraits with Maureen Shaughnessy Dates TBA $240, limited to 4 participants 

Maureen is an experienced, creative printmaker opening her studio and classroom to 4 students who want to explore ways to express their true selves through artful self portraits. Even if you don’t know how to draw, you will be delighted with what you can make during this workshop. Truly! Learn a few different ways to make self portraits in this extremely popular 3-day workshop. With photography, printmaking, collage and other mediums, learn how to visually express the qualities and characteristics that make you special. A treat for your heart and brain. Cost includes all supplies and tools. 

Day 1: photographic self-expressions and conversation

Day 2: drypoint etching plate making & printing using a press

Day 3: using collage to expand our drypoint prints


Red Dream Box by Maureen ShaughnessyWorking with Dreams through Art with Maureen Shaughnessy: Date TBA $140, limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

In a group of women, over two Sundays, we’ll explore illustrative techniques for working with our dreams. Not a therapy group, but an opportunity for artists and creatives to use their personal dreams as a launch pad for artistic expression and exploration of themes from our unconscious. We’ll use assemblage, sculptural construction and mixed-media methods to create one or more pieces over the two day workshop. Cost includes most supplies. Participants are welcome to bring special materials from home. 

Day 1: presentation and conversation about the value of making art around dreams both current and past, and ways to remember more of your dreams. Gather your materials and begin a sculptural mixed-media assemblage. 

Day 2: conversation over coffee, tea and breakfast recalling last week’s beginnings and interim thoughts. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive into construction and completion of our mixed-media pieces.


Maureen Intuitive PaintingIntuitive Painting: Date TBA $280 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

In this 4-week (4 days) workshop, we will delve into our intuitions and imaginations, and explore ways to connect what you already know as a human being, with handmade brushes, ink, paint, pastels, music, meditation, charcoal and paper. 

Week 1: Enzo painting with very large brushes and guided meditation

Week 2: Making Personal Marks – Make handmade brushes and with them, put down some calligraphic/asemic markings. With music, developing a personal vocabulary or mark-making language. 

Week 3: Making Body Marks and Leaving a Trail – Expressive Drawing with our Whole Bodies along with our handmade tools and brushes… guided meditation, movement and music. 

Week 4: Go Large Go Loose – begin with expressive drawing and mixed media on large paper and using abstract painting methods, respond to your own marks with intuition and confidence (will be mounted on wood panels upon completion)


Printmaking Series: Date TBA, $365 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

This a 5-week (5 days) workshop to explore printmaking methods you can use at home or in the studio. We will spend the last day exploring ways you can take your prints further. No printmaking experience needed, though artists who have a foundation in printmaking will definitely learn some new methods. 

    1. Day 1: Making collagraph plates and embossing with found materials
    2. Day 2: Printing our collagraph plates and begin shellac plates
    3. Day 3: Printing with shellac plates and drypoint etchings
    4. Day 4: Relief printing with linocut blocks
    5. Day 5: Beyond the press and brayer: collaging and inking our prints

Paper Crown Making with Bonnie Lambert: on a weekend day 10 – 4. DATE TBA. $50, limited to 4 participants

Have fun making paper crowns with all kinds of ephemera, scraps, doodads and thingamajigs—cardboard, paper, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, dried flowers and leaves, seed pods, wire, odds and ends, tape, photos, old books, drawing tools, and lots of other bits and pieces. We will have plenty of inspiring, delightful and sometimes humorous materials for you to use. If you wish, bring your own materials you may have stashed for creative projects. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 

 

 


Junk Journals with Judy Kline: Winter 2021 on a Sunday afternoon. DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants 

At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a journal with room to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and lots of unlined papers to fill with sketches. Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor, plus stuff you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and quirky journal. Examples of materials we’ll use for the pages include used mail, catalog envelopes, window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric. Cost includes a variety of materials, and we ask participants to bring some of their own tools. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 

 


Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray: Winter 2021 DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants

Spend an afternoon in a 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! This course is an introduction to art as meditation using oil pastels.  Linda McCray will share her creative spiritual art process as well as teach a few oil pastel techniques and basic design principles. All supplies and tools will be provided and are included in the cost of this workshop. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 


Smash Books: An evening workshop taught by Maureen Shaughnessy DATE TBA $50, limited to 4 participants 

Spend a relaxing and fun evening creating unique and slightly whacky journals. Covers and pages from vintage books  become a journal, a wedding guest registry, a memory book gift, a gratitude book, a place to collect quotes that inspire you … your imagination is your only limit. We will supply a variety of papers, vintage books, found materials, ephemera and sometimes odd stuff Maureen has collected over a lifetime. We invite you to bring some personal materials you may have lying around. 

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced.

Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified when the registration for this workshop opens. 

 

 

 


 

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.

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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 tools, printed handouts, snacks and beverages. Bring your own lunch

Register Now, below. Space is Limited to 6 Participants:

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In Darla’ Introduction to Encaustic Painting workshop, you will learn the history of encaustic painting and its current resurgence as a painting medium. Instructor demonstrations, examples, as well as lots of student painting time allow for hands-on learning. This workshop covers exploring painting techniques with encaustic, fusing and layering. It also includes demonstration of collage and toner-based image transfers specific to encaustic painting. Other topics include choosing encaustic materials, studio setup, safety considerations and care of encaustic artworks.

Some painting experience is suggested but not required. Individual creativity and experimentation is encouraged while learning to paint with the molten wax (encaustic.) Darla is an excellent teacher as well as an experienced artist. She provides a professional, creative, fun and encouraging learning experience for all.

Workshop supplies include: birch plywood panels (to paint on) encaustic paint and oil sticks, encaustic medium, collage and image transfer materials.

Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be standing much of the day. Dress comfortably in clothes you don’t mind messing up — you could drip wax on your clothes and it’s hard to get out!

We will have working aprons and gloves available.

 

Instructor Darla Myers lives in Bozeman where she has her own studio and teaches workshops. She is represented in Helena by 1+1=1 Gallery.  Darla has shown all over Montana in art galleries, including for the last four years at 1+1=1 Gallery. We are honored to have her work in Helena.

Here are a few images from past encaustic workshops by Darla Myers, at Maureen’s studio behind 1+1=1 Gallery.

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 open Tuesday through Saturday Aug 21 – Sep 14, while the shows are up! And, join us on the last day of the shows to celebrate.*

*We invite you to join us on September 14 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. Maureen Cole will do a demo showing some of the methods she uses for her tiny houses. Nancy Goughnour will be demonstrating her figurative sculpting techniques. Both artists are eager to talk with visitors about their inspirations and their artwork.

Come on downtown Saturday, Sept 14, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Brunch, Mimosas and Grazing Boards for everyone! Coffee and tea will also be served with a big friendly smile.

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.

 

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?

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:

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.

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.

 

2nd Annual Wood & Wax Exhibit

postcard front for 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 from beeswax, pigments and resins.

Who: anyone who likes art, particularly really cool art
What: opening reception to celebrate Wood & Wax exhibit AND our 5th Anniversary
Where: 1+1=1 Gallery at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana
When: Friday Oct 19 from 5 to 8pm
Why: cuz you like art, good food, and we like you!

 

Our 5th Anniversary Month — a Perfect Time to Bring Back One of Our Most Exceptional Exhibits: Wood & Wax

Since our beginnings five years ago, we have proudly represented some of the best Montana woodworkers, at 1+1=1 Gallery. Helena artists, Dan McArdle, Tim Carney and John Andrew, are back at the gallery with all new finely crafted carvings, furniture and turned wood vessels. This year we welcome another wood turner, Boyd Carson of Bozeman. This year, we are also introducing encaustic artist, Erika James, from Portland Oregon.

All seven of the artists in Wood & Wax 2018 are talented, mature artists and we are delighted to show their work! Although we show their work year-round at the gallery, seeing it in exhibit and meeting the artists is an experience not to miss!

Curious about encaustic art?

Come to our opening to find out more about encaustic. What it is. How to care for it, how these three artists have explored the wax medium in their unique ways.

Darla Myers of Bozeman Montana, returns to Wood & Wax with a series of sumptuous yet whimsical forest paintings. Myers’ emotive abstracts are distillations of nature’s colors, light and shadows. She spends many hours outdoors, hiking, sketching, camping and walking her dogs. When you see her encaustic images of forest trails, filtered light and seasonal color, you’ll be reminded of some of your favorite Montana places.

Joyce Watts Coolidge, a former fiber artist from Anchorage, Alaska, joins us for a second year with contemporary encaustic and sculptural mixed media pieces. Coolidge uses hundreds of layers of fused wax and pigment with horsehair, handmade paper and wood to evoke stories any of us might imagine. Joyce will be at the opening all the way from Alaska. Please give her a hearty Helena welcome!

Erika James’ dramatic encaustic landscapes are inspired by the fog, rain, gorges, coasts and crusty mountains of her native Oregon. She seems to have an emotional, even profound connection to gigantic earth forms that dwarf humans, yet the wax and pigment medium she uses give an intimate experience when viewed up close in person. Don’t miss seeing Erika’s work in Helena! We are betting you will love it.

Curious about woodworking and wood carving? 

Woodworkers have a saying that they “make sawdust.” Well, I think our woodworkers make “elegance.” Consider the wood objects you live with: wouldn’t your life be more lovely if some of those useful objects were elegantly made by an artist? If your answer is yes, don’t miss this exhibit! 

John Andrew, a long-time Helena resident who has been turning gorgeous bowls from local trees for many years and there are hundreds of folks in our town who are proud to own one of his masterpieces. Many of John’s wood bowls are truly functional though they must be given care. Every bowl John turns is a work of art!

Tim J Carney, one of Helena’s masters of fine furniture design and woodworking is displaying a stunning Cherry and Ebony dining table with chairs; a live–edge walnut bistro table with stools; and other fabulous pieces of live edge exotic and local woods. Tim has the reputation of making the most comfortable chairs in Helena. Come try one – you’ll agree!

Boyd Carson’s sensual turned wood vessels drew me in from my very first sighting. Our newest gallery artist, Boyd is a retired furniture maker and building contractor now living in Bozeman. His sculptural vessels are remarkable art pieces — and each one has a fascinating story. Come hear his stories!

Dan McArdle, an incredibly talented artist, makes gorgeous relief carvings on wood and stains them with dyes. His inspiration comes from the many hours Dan spends outdoors, fishing, mountain biking and back country skiing. Our customers have loved Dan’s ravens, wolves, trout streams and prairie scenes since we began showing them three years ago. You have to see what Dan made this time!