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Bruce Kitts Featured Window Artist

Bruce Kitts of Missoula, Featured Artist in Gallery Window

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.

Atmospheric Firing: Chawan, Yunomi, Bowls and Vases

Bruce’s one of a kind pieces are the result of atmospheric firings, a labor intensive process that involves introducing elements to the kiln at extreme temperatures that flux out and create a surface, or glaze, on each piece. The work’s location in the kiln determines how much the atmosphere has an effect, making each piece truly unique. No piece can ever be duplicated. Predominately using a mixture of baking soda and water, Bruce doesn’t hesitate to incorporate other elements such as wood and/or salt. Every piece encapsulates the spirit of these elements, revealing a profound story within the surfaces. The work displays exacting attention to ergonomics and functionality, taking care not to hinder the aesthetic value.

Bruce states, “My utilitarian work is not only meant to serve good function, it is meant to create an experience. This experience should go beyond the basic use of the object. It is meant to create an event that brings joy and a deeper understanding of the work. The work is not complete until it is put to use.

Much like my everyday life, I am just as enticed by the journey of my work as the destination. Using a vast array of materials and processes, I aim to create a surface that reflects a fascinating journey; providing a prodigious amount of information while provoking many questions as well. Through texture and form, I wish to make work that is both ergonomic and tactile. My ultimate goal is not to find a balance of aesthetic and functionality, but instead a harmonious synergy between the two that intrigues the viewer to closely inspect the work in its entirety.”

 

How can I purchase Bruce Kitts’ pottery?

Stop by 1+1=1 Gallery at 434 North Last Chance Gulch, to purchase Bruce Kitts’ artwork in person, or buy directly from our Online Gallery Store below, and we will deliver (in Helena) ship (almost anywhere in the world) or hold for you to pick it up.

 

 

What is a Featured Window Artist?

Well, this year we decided to make rotating special exhibits in our large, front window.  It’s a gift to the folks who frequent downtown Helena. The featured window artists’ exhibits are street-facing, lighted and visible 24/7. Anyone can enjoy the artwork anytime of day or night. Every few weeks, we’ll have a different artist showing their work in the window. This is in addition to the regular exhibits we’ve always had inside the gallery and our retail Gallery Shop near the front. Our Featured Window Artist displays are one way we are adapting to the pandemic. We hope many local Helenans will enjoy these tiny exhibits!

If you see something in the Featured Window Artist exhibit that you’d like to take home with you, just go to our Online Gallery Store to purchase. Or call 406-431-9931 to reserve the piece and we’ll make it happen for you.

 

A Little Something about Bruce

Bruce Kitts received his BFA from SIU at Carbondale in 2009 that followed up with a two year residency at Terra Incognito in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his MA from EIU in 2012. As a member of the Illinois Artisan Program, his work has been displayed in various galleries and museums throughout Illinois. In 2015, Bruce left for the west coast where he was a studio tech and artist in resident at the Mendocino Art Center. Since then, his work has been displayed in several nationally juried exhibitions. In 2017, Bruce moved to Helena, MT to work as a studio potter and currently resides in Missoula, MT where he is a co-founder of Wildfire Ceramic Studio.

 

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

 

Trudy Skari featured ceramic artist in our Gallery Shop

And wow!

We are so excited for all of Trudy’s fans to see what she has been up to in her clay studio lately. Skari’s delightful new ceramic pieces will put a smile on your face under whatever mask you’re wearing today. They’ll give you hope in this weird time and stimulate your imagination. They might even make you want to take one home.

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.

We have hares and bears, too

Check out Trudy’s other works at the 1+1=1 Gallery Shop. Long eared rabbits, earnest bears and even a tortoise. Come to the Gallery Shop in person before November 14th, when the current exhibits will be taken down. Or shop the online catalog. Don’t miss taking home one of Trudy Skari’s endearing creature-sculptures. 

When can I purchase Trudy Skari’s new work online?

Local visitors to the October 17th Open House will have first dibs on Trudy’s work. Her new ceramic sculptures will be added to our online catalog on October 18th for everyone else. Watch our FaceBook and Instagram pages or check back on this post where we will announce the catalog is available for purchasing her works!

 

 

A look at our gallery retail shop

Our New Gallery Shop Opens Online and In Person

A look at our gallery retail shop

Find New Items to Take Home or Give as Gift in 1+1=1 Gallery Retail Shop

It’s Something New

Early this year, we reduced the size of our gallery exhibit floor to about half 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 and entry portion of the gallery into a retail shop.

We call our new art space the Gallery Shop

In the Gallery Shop you can find our Wall Of Cups (full of cups, tea bowls and mugs) and many other smallish items that will make perfect gifts. We also have greeting cards, one-off unframed prints (made by hand by the artists) and inexpensive archival digital prints. Check out the hand-bound journals and sketchbooks by Robin Leenhouts, Darla Myers tiny oil and cold wax paintings, and Laurie Shaman’s elegant tiles illustrated with birds. Trudy Skari’s whimsical ceramic sculptures and platters, jewelry by Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette and Judy Kline, as well as Betsey Hurd’s polymorphic sculptures are also showcased in the Gallery Shop. .

Artists whose work you can find in our Gallery Shop are:

Andrew Rivera, Molly Rivera, Robin Leenhouts, Bonnie Lambert, Paul Guillemette, Laurie Shaman, Judy Kline, Patty Ceglio, Nancy Goughnour, Erika James, Lori Blaylock, Betsey Hurd, Michele Landsaat, Sarah Magar, Maureen Cole, Peter Shaughnessy, Boyd Carson, Dan McArdle, Tim Carney, Maureen Shaughnessy, Dawn Endean, Annie Lewis, Becky Street, Tina Albro, Larry Calkins, John Andrew, SarahJess Swann, Susan Mattson, Eliza Weber, Carla Potter, Debbie Smith, Gabe Shaughnessy, Carol Montgomery, Lauren Zalewski and Linda McCray.

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 we’ll have coming in to the Gallery Shop. 

 

Check Out Our Gallery Shop Online Catalog:

 


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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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Michele Landsaat Etchings Featured in Works on Paper

Like Any Trilogy in Progress … We Anticipate the Next Book in This Series

We are pleased to be able to show the delicate, poignant art of Michele Landsaat. Her work is shown as original prints, — some with chine colle´ — that are also part of her artist books.

At 1+1=1 this month, we are showing Landsaat’s works from three different series – the trilogy, What Was Lost & What Was Found, comprised of three related stories,  Apple, Water and Seed; the Gardener series and the Fountain series.

Michele Landsaat’s prints are part of our 2019 Works on Paper exhibit, running from June 25th through August 9th. Check out our online catalog for available works by Michele, and of course, if you are in Helena Montana, please stop in person by for a cup of coffee and a stunning exhibit! 

Read on for Michele’s Narrative Descriptions

“The main characters are a tiny girl and her beloved horse. Through their experiences, I’m exploring universal themes of love, loss and the fragility of life, as well as the potential for new growth.

The overarching theme of the first book Apple, is an idyllic happiness. The story unfolds around an apple tree in a garden where the two main characters experience a joy unlike any they’ve experienced before. Unfortunately, it’s a joy that cannot be sustained.

Book two, Water, explores the pain and grief of separation from that which we love most.

Book three, Seed, evolves out of book two. It conveys the unforeseen possibilities that arise when we suffer through the tension of opposing forces such as love and loss, as well as a sense of compassion that emerges and a sense of wonder for life as it is.”


The Fountain Series

The images in the Fountain series won third prize in the 2018 Chen Bochui International Original Illustration Exhibition in Shanghai, China. These are multi-plate etchings – each color is a separate plate. Michele writes about her inspiration for the Fountain series:

As a child the magic of fountains always captivated me. The idea that you could throw a coin into the fountain and make a wish that might come true was purely magical. I would dream about the fairy who looked after all of those wishes in the fountain. Since I was a huge animal lover, the fairy took the form of a tiny winged horse. I always hoped to catch a glimpse of this ethereal creature. In these illustrations, I hope to capture this childhood experience of wonder and possibilities. When she is dreaming, a time when the imagination is unfettered by logical thought, the little horse fairy comes alive and pays her a visit.

 

The Gardener Series:

This story involves a Gardener and her very mischievous cat who leaves to go on an adventure. The cat, while trying to eat a bird for dinner, inadvertently becomes the hero as he helps the bird escape from an unfriendly man who has caged it. The bird does not get eaten by the cat, much to the cat’s disappointment. 

 

Visit Michele Landsaat’s website for more about the artist and her portfolio. Michele is represented in Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. Please call us 406-431-9931 or inquire via our online catalog, if you are interested in the works we have available at 1+1=1.