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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!

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

 

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

Shop Companion in Our Online Catalog

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 – Opening Reception

BODY 2019: our Fourth Annual Art Jewelry and Figurative Art Exhibit

Opening night of our BODY III on May 10th, was a smashing success. Check out our photos of the reception and plan to make it to our next opening reception on June 21st!

Opening Night or Quiet Gallery Day?

Do you like parties and groups? As always, if you like to be social and surrounded by friends new and old … if you like a good party with great food, wine and other beverages, and stimulating conversation … if you like to be part of the buzz and happenings of downtown Helena, then our opening receptions are a perfect way to spend a Friday evening. We greet everyone with equal enthusiasm and consider you to be part of the 1+1=1 family. Save the date – June 21st – for another fabulous opening party!

Or do you like quiet days better? If you are more of a calm-afternoon art lover … someone who likes to take your time viewing art in a peaceful yet visually energetic atmosphere … if you want to look at each artwork closely and carefully … if you like to browse art exhibits in the middle of the week or a lazy Saturday afternoon, then 1+1-1 Gallery is the perfect place to be. Come on in and find something wonderful, original and evocative next time you are in our neighborhood. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and good conversation (or peace and quiet) anytime.

Here’s our album of photos from May 10th:

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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