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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 … and we will be sure to have just a few visitors inside the gallery at one time, masks required.

Event Details:

WHAT: All-day Open House with refreshments. Coffee, tea, brunch-food
WHEN: Oct 17, 10am to 4pm
WHERE: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch in Helena
WHO: Anyone – we’re practicing social distancing so everyone can attend safely
WHY: Because you love 1+1=1 Gallery and you are itching to get out of your house and see Art!
PLEASE: practice social distancing when you come into the gallery. Thank you!

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Dan McArdle has been showing at 1+1=1 Gallery for many years and has some fantastic new carvings on display. In this exhibit is a piece McArdle considers his best native Montana grass carving, perfect as a statement piece for some lucky buyer. We also have two of McArdle’s sought-after trout stream carvings. Dan will be at the open house to answer questions and talk with you about possible commissions as well as how he makes his magic happen!
Bozeman artist, Boyd Carson joined our artist roster a couple of years ago. His turned wood vessels are exquisite examples of a woodworker thinking outside the box. Customers always wonder how Carson turns his delicate, lightweight vessels — the process may be simple, but it seems like magic. His latest artworks push the notion of “vessel” beyond expectations, including some outside-the-box wall pieces. Come find out how he does what he does!

Master woodworker Tim J. Carney is co-owner of 1+1=1 Gallery. Carney has been creating furniture and cabinetry for over 50 years. Hundreds of Helena folks live with and love his exquisite furniture, and he is constantly busy making custom designs for new fans. Tim’s artistry focuses on bringing out the beauty and grace of “flawed” wood, helping us connect to the spirit of nature through his furniture. This year Carney is showing several of his signature “urban organic” furniture pieces – a gorgeous keepsake cabinet; a graceful live-edge sofa table and a brand new Tim-style walnut and curly maple rocker!

 

Wood & Wax Exhibit Opens October 6

We are thrilled about our upcoming exhibit, Wood & Wax, featuring a handful of talented artists who've dedicated their craft to working with two beautiful and challenging mediums in diverse ways.  They've shaped, molded, painted, carved, sanded and melted in means that promise to surprise and delight.

When: Opening Reception Oct 6. Show runs through Nov 14.

Where: 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 North Last Chance Gulch

What: Casual panel-style gallery talk by the artists from 5:30 to 6p. Wine/appetizer reception 6 to 8p.

Who: anyone interested in fine contemporary art, folks who want to learn more about woodworking and encaustic; adults and children. Everyone is welcome.

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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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