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STORIES: August 21 – Sept 30, 2021

An Exhibit of Four Storytelling Artists' New Works

"When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice." ~ Cheryl Strayed

Please join us on August 21st from 10 to 4, to meet the four Helena artists featured in STORIES. Each of thes artists is a storyteller and an optimist. Each is a magical being who uses narrative in her art, to tell about the human condition through humor, strength, story and beauty. Each speaks through art-making, in a true voice and therefore a universal voice. We invite you to spend time viewing these stories during the exhibit, and hope that you will bring their meaningful ideas into your own lives and homes. 

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COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life

COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life features diverse artworks by four artists

The exhibit runs from Aug 9 through Sep 14, 2019

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Please join us for an opening on Friday evening, Aug 9th from 5 to 8pm. Our openings are fun opportunities to meet the artists and hear about their inspirations, motivations and methods. We’ll serve beer, wine, cold beverages and lots of delicious appetizers and desserts.

COMPANION features the work of four contemporary artists working in a range of mediums, the exhibit encourages viewers to consider their relationships with each other and the animals with whom we share our lives. Each artist has interpreted ‘companion’ in her own way, and we think the resulting exhibit is powerful, thought-provoking and fascinating.

** Seattle printmaker Dawn Endean, states that she is drawn to dogs’ vulnerability – to how “dependent they are on the luck of the draw. They accept their lot; often with joy, loyalty and sweetness… and give back a hundred fold.” Her emotional images are made with intricate layering of intaglio plates, monoprinting and collage.

** Dara Daniel of northern California, looks back through history at our human capacity to connect with animals, particularly horses, who have been companions, escorts, guides and even counterparts to their human friends. She paints horses because their souls are beautiful to look at while expressing excitement, joy and spirit.

** With her distinctive voice, Susan Mattson has expressed for years, the close connection between human and non-human beings. Her sculptural clay vessels often depict animals with bodies covered by a mass human faces. Are we separate or are we life-companions? How do our actions affect every other being on this planet? Can we learn from our companions? Who is in charge?

** We are sharing our journey of life on Earth with uncountable species. Betsey Hurd believes, as do many indigenous peoples of Earth, that we are all one. No separation of species. Where does one of us end and another begin? What exactly is our connection? Hurd’s polymorphic fabulism pieces are about the integration of species. And … as a horse-woman and experienced artist, Betsey’s horse-beings are often the subject of her ceramic sculptures, along with other beings like deer, dogs, cats, bison and birds.

COMPANION runs through September 14th. Stop by 1+1=1 Gallery anytime we’re open and see the show in person!

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Detail, Susan Mattson

 

What: new exhibit, “COMPANION: Perspectives on a Shared Life” — featuring ceramic sculptures, paintings and monoprints by four artists

When: Friday August 9 through Saturday, September 14, 2019

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:

• Dawn endean, Seattle Wa
• Betsey Hurd, Helena MT
• Dara Daniel, Weed, Ca
•Susan Mattson, Helena MT

Our online catalog for COMPANION goes live on Aug 10th! 

All artworks featured in COMPANION will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the weekend 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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WORKS ON PAPER June 25 – August 3

“WORKS ON PAPER” features a diverse collection by seven artists

The exhibit runs from June 25th through August 3rd. 

What: new exhibit, “WORKS ON PAPER” — featuring artwork created on paper by 7 local and regional artists

When: Friday June 25 through August 3rd, 2019

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:

• Abbie Birmingham, Seattle wa
• larry calkins, issaquah wa
• april coppini, portland wa
•bonnie lambert, helena mt
•michele landsaat, seattle wa
• doug turman, helena mt
• lauren zalewski, seattle wa

 

Our online catalog for WORKS ON PAPER goes live on June 26th! 

All artworks featured in WORKS ON PAPER will be available through our online exhibit catalog beginning the weekend 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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BODY 2019 Opens May 10th

“BODY 2019″ 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 2019” — our fourth 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 2019 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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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.

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BODY: 2nd Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Show

BODY 2018: Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational

May 25 – June 23, 2018

Running from May 25 through June 23 this year, BODY will focus on one-of-a-kind art jewelry and unique contemporary figurative artworks (woodcuts, embroidery, oil paintings and ceramic vessels.) Please join us Friday evening, May 25th for an opening reception and to meet the artists.

Figurative art can often affirm us, push our buttons, inspire or disturb us. Figurative artists challenge us with their reflections on gender and human bodies to think about ourselves with awareness, tenderness, acceptance and even forgiveness. Ouida Touchon of New Mexico, Laurie Shaman of Illinois, Kate Fisher of New York, and Elizabeth Hughes Bass of Butte Montana, are the featured figurative artists this year.

Art jewelry sometimes pushes the boundaries of what we may think of as ornament for our bodies. We have invited jewelry artists whose studio jewelry is unique, contemporary or traditional, to be part of the show. Montana and national jewelry artists will be featured. We have art jewelers who work with fabric, felt, ribbon, paper and found objects, botanicals, silver, gold and other precious metals, stones, semi-precious stones, fossils, clay and natural objects, along with vintage and antique buttons and beads. You never know, we might even end up with some jewelry featuring tiny vintage toys. Come see the incredible variety and fabulousness!


Featured Artists in 2018 Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art invitational:

Dave Barnes ~ Helena, MT
Elizabeth Hughes Bass  ~ Butte, MT
Lori Blaylock ~ Billings, MT
Kate Fisher ~ Rochester, ny
Paul Guillemette ~ Los Angeles, CA
Lynde Howe ~ Missoula, MT
Shelley Jones ~ Richmond, VA
Judy Kline ~ Helena, MT
Kris Kramer ~ Kalispell, MT
Ouida Touchon ~ Santa Fe, NM
Laurie Shaman ~ Chicago, IL
SaraHJess Swann ~ Bozeman, MT
Bonnie Lambert ~ Helena, MT
Didem Mert ~ Cincinnati, OH
Kristin Wornson ~ minneapolis, MN

Contemporary one-of-a-kind body ornament . Bodies on ceramic vessels . Contemporary embroidered figurative pieces . Accomplished brushwork in oil on panels . Fascinating artists . Scrumptious food . Wine . Lovely company . Elegance all around

 

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BODY: Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Invitational

BODY: Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art Invitational

July 7th – August 15th

 

Running from July 7 through August 15, BODY focuses on one of a kind artist-made jewelry and unique figurative woodcuts and ceramic vessels. Please join us Friday evening, July 7th for an opening reception and to meet the artists.

Art jewelry pushes the boundaries of what we may think of as ornament for our bodies. We have invited jewelry artists whose work is one of a kind, contemporary or traditional, to be part of the show. Montana, national and international jewelry artists will be featured.

Figurative art can often push our buttons, disturb us or affirm us. Figurative artists challenge us with their reflections on gender and human bodies, to think about ourselves with awareness, tenderness, acceptance and even forgiveness. Ouida Touchon of New Mexico and Laurie Shaman of Illinois are the featured figurative artists this year.


Models

Contemporary one-of-a-kind body ornament

Large figurative woodblock prints

Bodies on ceramic vessels

Fascinating artists

Scrumptious food

Wine

Lovely company

Elegance all around


July 7th 5 to 8pm: it’s the weekend after the 4th of July — you know you’re gonna wanna!

featured artists in First Annual Art Jewelry & Figurative Art invitational:

Ouida Touchon

Laurie Shaman

Margaret Regan

Bonnie Lambert

Lori Blaylock

Kris Kramer

Shelley Jones

Dave Barnes

Virginia Nicolucci

Judy Kline

Kat Allen

Paul Guillemette

Pyper Hugos

Suzy Fabian

 

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Peter Shaughnessy

Elements Opens August 12

Elizabeth Hughes Bass Painting

Our next exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery is “Elements: Water Earth Air Fire,” featuring seven artists from Montana, and British Columbia. The work of these artists fits harmoniously into our theme of the natural elements of which all things are made. Each artist has been working on pieces for this show that embody one or more of the elements in some way. Some pieces have a elemental theme, others by the nature of the medium, represent an element such as clay/fire; wood/earth.

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WATER

Tim Carney, a master woodworker and artist, creates one-of-a-kind furniture that reminds us of a swift river current, a leaf floating on a stream, ocean waves or steam rising from a caldera. His signature “urban organic”style looks great in an elegant lodge, a midcentury modern home or an urban loft.

"Aspen Leaves" by Tim J. Carney
“Aspen Leaves” by Tim J. Carney

EARTH

John Andrew makes earth vessels from local hardwood trees that have been scarred by beetles, fungi and other natural forces. Peter Shaughnessy is inspired by his love of the environment and uses various woods, bone and glass in his philosophical biomorphic sculptures.

Cherry Burl Vessel by John Andrew
Cherry Burl Vessel by John Andrew
Sculpture by Peter Shaughnessy
Sculpture by Peter Shaughnessy

 

AIR

Elizabeth Hughes Bass‘ oil paintings in this body of work, depict luminous skies, approaching storms and the color of the air and land with luscious palette knife and brush strokes.

Painting by Elizabeth Hughes Bass
Painting by Elizabeth Hughes Bass

FIRE

Gregg Edelen’s raku and wood-fired vessels are simple organic reminders to live with beauty everyday. With bodies covered in human faces and life-size heads, Susan Mattson’s birds, mammals and human figures are provocative and strangely compelling. Trudy Skari tells visual stories and makes ceramic poetry with her delightful animal sculptures and wall pieces.

Handled Mug by Gregg Edelen
Handled Mug by Gregg Edelen

 

Mourning Dove by Susan Mattson
Mourning Dove by Susan Mattson

 

Rabbit sculpture by Trudy Skari
“Fluctuating between more than two things can be interesting” by Trudy Skari

 

Watch for updates here on our website or on our Facebook page. We’ll be posting sneak peeks of the artist’s work as we receive photos. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive an invitation to the opening reception.

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Naked Raku Vessel

New Work by Gregg Edelen

One Shot One Cube Cups by Gregg Edelen

One of these days, we are going to have to have a solo exhibit for Gregg Edelen. He is the most prolific artist on our roster, and the best selling. His work spans many moods from whimsical to serious; from illustrative to contemplative. Gregg has been making pottery and taking community ceramics classes at the Archie Bray Foundation for 20+ years. He is also the main (volunteer) glaze-master for the Bray students and residents.

Gregg has recently truly found his “thing” with his most recent work, and for me it’s like opening Christmas gifts when he delivers boxes of new ceramics. Some of the latest work will be set aside to show in an exhibit later this summer titled, “Elements: WaterEarthWindFire.” But there are dozens of new small ceramic pieces perfect for Mother’s Day gifts, or any kind of gift. From $20 to $150, there is something of Gregg’s for anyone. Stop by the gallery and see what Gregg’s been up to. He just keeps getting better and better every day! Thank you, Gregg. We love having you here at 1+1=1.

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Featured Artist Patty Ceglio

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We love having Patty Ceglio’s ceramics at 1+1=1 Gallery. It’s about time she was our “featured artist” on the website!

Patty continues to grow and evolve with her artwork — exploring the sgraffito technique and new ceramic forms. She dives ever deeper into her work/play to integrate her love of the environment with the urge to create art with her hands. Lately she has been working on a series (what better way to dive deeper, as an artist?) on trees. Every time I see one of her tree works-in-progress, I get more excited for the show coming up in June. I interviewed her for this featured artist post (see below.)

 

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