This year's Small Works Gift Show opened at 1+1=1 Gallery to a big crowd of enthusiastic shoppers and art lovers. Friday night and Saturday saw dozens of small and affordable artworks gift wrapped and heading out the gallery door. We are so happy to feel supported by the Helena community -- and to in turn, give our artists the motivation to keep working in their studios! Read on for photos of selected pieces from the show, and an answer to the question, why buy art for a gift?
The opening reception of our last exhibit of the year is always a festive party
and a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping — or just get ideas the first night.
Come back anytime before Christmas to check off your gift list.
What are Small Works? Why Shop Small? Why Art?
- Small works are sometimes small or sometimes just simpler than the artist’s usual work.
- Small works are affordable.
- Small works don’t always fit in your pocket but sometimes they do.
- Small works make very cool gifts for someone you love. Cuz small works are original. Art. Not made in China.
- Small works are made by your friends, your neighbors, people you know and folks you really need to meet.
- Buying small works to give as a gift — or for your own self — well that just an admirable thing to do.
- When you buy handmade original art from a local artist, you are helping someone from our community make a living doing what they love to do.
- Our gallery is dedicated to making opportunities for artists of all experience levels, so they can thrive and therefore work their magic on all of us.
Consider doing your gift shopping this holiday season at small locally owned businesses that support artists. Can you imagine your city without Art?
Artists featured in our Small Works show include: Tina Albro, John Andrew, Elizabeth Hughes BAss, Lori Blaylock, Tim Carney, Patty Ceglio, Maureen Cole, April Coppini, Gregg Edelen, Nancy Goughnour, Paul Guillemette, Betsey Hurd, Judy Kline, Kris Kramer, Bonnie Lambert, Robin Leenhouts, Sarah Magar, Cristina Simona Marion, Susan Mattson, Dan McArdle, George McCauley, Carol Montgomery, Darla Myers, Page Kelly Piccolo, Poo Putsch, Laurie Shaman, Maureen Shaughnessy, Gabe Shaughnessy, Trudy Skari and Ouida Touchon
Just for the Holidays:
Extended Saturday hours: our usual winter gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 to 6pm and Saturdays 10 to 5pm. We will be open on Saturdays from November 18th through December 23rd from 10 to 7, for your shopping convenience.
Kids Ornament-Making Sesh: From 1 to 4pm on December 16th, drop off your kids (ages 6 to 9) at the studio in the back of 1+1=1 Gallery, to make their own creative unusual ornaments. Gives you a little time to do some downtown shopping. Younger kids must have a parent with them. Donations gladly accepted to pay for supplies.
Festive Winter Concert by Three Form, jazz trio comprised of Ann Tappan, Rob Kohler and Mj Williams. December 10th. Refreshments and socializing from 7 to 7:30. Music starts at 7:30 til 9pm. Come early to get a seat. Limited seating. Free will donations to pay the musicians are encouraged.
Have you seen this kind of gorgeous beadwork as you’re browsing the web? Well, maybe you have — or maybe it’s something brand new to your eyes. Now you can come down to the 1+1=1 and try it on for yourself! See how it looks on you. Or check it out as a gift for someone you love. We are now carrying a wide selection of fabulous handmade Huichol jewelry — at very affordable prices!
Tim and I have been practicing a beautiful, heart-centered spiritual path for over 25 years. We met in 1989 at our study group’s retreat. I am deeply grateful to the Creator, to our shaman-teacher, and to the Huichols, for everything I have learned since then, for the blessings of my life and for the continued opportunity to deepen my relationship with the world around me in a shamanic way.