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Featured Artist Window Exhibitions and Online Gallery Store

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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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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.

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Junk Journals with Judy Kline

Junk Journals with Judy Kline: July 19th, $50, limited to 6 participants

Ready for a relaxing afternoon of making art in a very small group?

Well, we have just the thing for you! At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a fabulous junk journal with lots of pages and pockets to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and loads of unlined papers for sketching. Make one for yourself, or to gift to someone special.

Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor and things you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and somewhat quirky junk journal. Judy Kline’s style of junk journals have ties to hold everything together – and truly, by the time you’ve filled your journal you’ll be happy to have the tie!

Techniques you will learn:

Sewing on paper; index-card-a-day; making whimsical tags; collage; making a “matchbook” using scraps; coffee paper staining, mini-folders and making fold outs. Judy will bring a ton of supplies. Students will be asked to bring some tools. (See supply list below.)

Examples of materials available for the pages:

Old catalog envelopes, used window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric.

DETAILS:

    • Date: July 19, 2020
    • Time: 1 to 5pm (plan to arrive around 12:50 to settle in with a drink before the workshop starts.)
    • 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!

SUPPLY LIST

In the interest of safety from COVID19, we are trying to avoid having multiple people touching the same tools. Please bring your own pencil, ruler, scissors, old coffee cup and stapler. Optional but recommended tool: a paper cutter. Also you might want to bring your favorite washi tapes, your favorite heavy weight double-sided scrapbook papers, extra used business size window envelopes (we will have some available), copies of old photos and other ephemera that means something to you. We will have plenty of materials on hand, so don’t worry if you can’t bring the optional things.

 

ABOUT JUDY

She calls herself a creativity explosion! Judy Kline, the Red Queen, is no shrinking violet, Judy is drawn to vibrant color as a moth to a flame, but she also loves the calm and soothing effect of pale colors like ecru, pink and vintage laces and trims. Her spectrum of work spans from traditional to avant garde.

Judy works in a studio in the former Free Studio building on Logan Street (now under new ownership as The Heath) She is known for her artful, whimsical handmade jewelry, sewn mixed media pieces and greeting cards. She shows her art jewelry at 1+1=1 Gallery during their annual BODY exhibit and annual Holiday Gift Show. Judy will teach you techniques to awaken your creativity, and you’ll come away with a fun journal to fill up or to gift to someone special.

Intro to Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Painting Workshop Super Successful

Darla Myers, talented painter and excellent art educator, led her second workshop at 1+1=1 Gallery on Saturday October 7th. The full day workshop was enthusiastically reviewed by our 6 participants. So much creative exploration and synergy, learning from Darla and from each other.

Most of the workshop participants decided to continue learning by taking one of Darla’s encaustic workshops in her Bozeman studio. We are also planning more encaustic workshops in Helena. Go here to get on the list for notifications about classes and workshops at 1+1=1 Studio. Let us know that’s what you’re interested in!

 

Check out the experiments in encaustic, our studio setup and of course — happy workshop participants!

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Darla Myers Encaustic Workshop

And a few of the works in progress up close:

 

 

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.

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

Studio Art Seshes for kids teens and adults

Studio Art Classes and One-on-Ones Start November 2018

posted by Maureen Shaughnessy

My art classes are kinda un-normal:

I am offering some really fun art seshes this year. I am planning to teach teen one-on-ones; women’s workshops and kids’ studio seshes along with a couple of guest-artist one and two day workshops. These are not your typical “art classes” to learn a technique such as watercolor painting or drawing, although in the process of making, you will learn some great techniques!

I refer to my teaching as “studio creative seshes” and “expressive arts classes” because I go beyond technique. I encourage students of all ages to dive into a subject, explore unusual ways to express themselves and experience the delight of success no matter what you think you are capable of. I believe creativity exists in everyone and it needs to be awakened then nourished by building confidence, making stuff, playing around, contemplating the results with a critical eye, and actually getting down to it and doing. Stop thinking about making art and get doing!

Check out our topic line-up:

Painting with Music & Intuition  .  Self Portraits with Camera & Printing Press  .  Casting Body Parts  .  A Range of Printmaking Processes  .  Contemporary Collage Explorations  .  Making Our Own Paint Brushes

This year’s classes are for kids, teens or adult women:

  • Kids’ Creative Seshes are limited to 5 students ages 9 through 13 beginning on Nov 18th and will run through the winter on Sunday afternoons. We will have our annual “Young Voices” art exhibit and fundraiser in February with all Maureen’s students invited to participate in the show, even adults. Kids’ seshes generally last 3 hours with a snack break.
  • Studio one-on-ones for teens will be available by request on early-out Mondays after school beginning Nov 26th and will run through the rest of the school year. One-on-Ones are generally two or three hours long with a snack break.
  • Women’s Expressive Arts workshops will be announced as I organize them. Each workshop will be either one or two full days.

FAQs

1. Do you have scholarships? Yep!

We do have a strong scholarship fund, so don’t be shy about applying for financial help for any classes. Send us an email to [email protected] letting us know you would like a scholarship. We are dedicated to making our art classes accessible to anyone with a desire to learn.

2. Where is the class schedule? 

Watch for an email announcement with our class schedule and workshop dates. Classes fill up very quickly, so when you see the schedule, jump on it! Kids must be registered for the entire season of studio sessions. Teens can do studio one on ones anytime I’m available. Women’s workshops will have a registration online or you can register and pay in person at the gallery.

3. Seems like your classes are so small. How can I possibly find out in time to reserve my space?

Our classes are small so I can give lots of individual guidance to each student. Be the first to get the class schedule. I notify folks who have subscribed to my class info list first. The day after I send that email out, I send it out to our general love-note list of 3000!  Sooo … if you are seriously interested and don’t want to miss out on getting a space in the series you want, subscribe with the blue button below. Make sure you add my email to your contacts list so it doesn’t end up in your promotions or spam folder!  Thank you.

How do I sign up my teen for some one-on-ones?

Teens ages 13 to 16 can come to my studio after school on available Mondays and either work alongside me while I am working on a personal project … or they can request that I teach them something specific within the mediums of drawing, painting or printmaking. If Monday’s don’t work for your teen, OR if my Mondays are filled, I am open to discussing another time that fits my schedule at the gallery. We have scholarships for these one-on-one sessions, however there is a very reasonable cost for supplies used.

Call me (431-9931) or email me at[email protected] to ask about one-on-ones. I’ll need your phone number and your teen’s name and age and interests. I’ll call you and set up a time to meet in person to talk about the sessions. I’m excited to meet you and your teen, and really love this way of sharing my creative heart.

I’m an adult. Can I still do a one-on-one with you? 

Yep, although the times I can do one on ones with adults are more limited. Stop by the gallery and let’s talk about it.

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3rd Annual Young Voices

 

Please join us for an exceptionally wonderful event that supports blooming artists and local charities. Our 3rd Annual Young Voices exhibit opens Friday, February 2nd at 5:00pm. Grab a snack and beverage, listen to youngsters bravely deliver their artist talks, browse their original artwork and choose a piece of framed, funky, ready-to-hang art for your home. 40% of all sales go to local charities selected by the young artists themselves. This year the students have chosen Montana WILD and The Angel Fund to receive their donations. What’s not to love?!

During the summer and fall of 2017, these students have worked with artist and art educator, Maureen Shaughnessy, exploring different mediums and techniques. Now, the gallery walls are theirs for the duration of the show which runs from February 2nd-17th. Winter gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 to 6pm and Saturday 10 to 5pm.

In preparation for this exhibit, the six students helped to mount the show with their own two hands; they chose, framed, signed and titled their pieces; helped to patch and paint the gallery walls and pedestals, wrote artist statements, bios and gallery talks and, in return, gain confidence as young artists and entrepreneurs.

Artists featured are: Scarlet Carpenter,Silas Fruge´Lilly Hamper,Adia Terry, Ema Terry and Rachel Kuntz. They range in age from 8 to 15 years old. Over the summer, the students learned to work in various mediums, focusing particularly on 3-D and “Teen Art Adventure” plein-aire art. 

A few peeks at some of our art seshes from last summer: 

Last year the students chose the Helena YWCA and The Friendship Center as recipients of their fundraising efforts. Here they are presenting checks and some of their art which was purchased by gallery patrons and donated to the two organizations to enliven their walls.

 

And here are some scenes from last year’s opening night reception and artist talks at 1+1=1 Gallery: