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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!

 

Artists in TWO, Feb-March 2019


Brand New Featured Artists Events All Year Long

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

Beginning this month in 2019, our Back Gallery will be a place for us to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. 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.

This month, from Feb 15 through March 16, we are featuring Boyd Carson,Larry Calkins and Becky Street (Calkins and Street form a collaborative, back40prints) We are absolutely delighted to have these three on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on March 9th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

Here’s great chance to meet Boyd Carson, of Bozeman, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. He will be at the gallery for a few hours, to tell you about how he makes his exquisite wood vessels and answer your questions. He has some fine stories to tell of the trees and fence posts he uses as raw material and about his philosophy of revealing the soul of damaged trees with his art. You can pick his brains about his tools, shop, inspiration and life experiences.

Come on downtown Saturday, March 9th anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Brunch-style treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and appetizers from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. So exciting! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

Wood & Wax Exhibit and Opening Night

A big thank you to everyone who came downtown for the opening reception of Wood & Wax 2018!

That was one of the best attended openings we’ve had since we started 1+1=1 Gallery. Just. Wow! What a great way to celebrate our 5th anniversary as a gallery — and to proudly show off the work of the seven encaustic and woodworking artists in the exhibit. We are so glad and so lucky to have the support of many members of the Helena community. Thanks again to you all!

Whether you were able to come in person to the opening night, or sometime before November 24th, when this show comes down, you are welcome to check out the exhibit pieces in our online catalog. If you are interested in a piece (or more than one) please click the “inquire” button by that piece and ask any question, on the note that pops up. We’ll get right back to you. We are happy to make flexible payment arrangements, and we ship just about anywhere. Thank you for your support.

Introducing our online catalog for Wood & Wax 2018:

As we try to do after every opening, we are posting some photos from the evening festivities:

2nd Annual Wood & Wax Exhibit

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October 19 – November 24, 2018

It’s Our 5th Anniversary … Come Celebrate with Us!

Our second annual Wood & Wax exhibit opens Friday evening, October 19th and runs through November 24. Seven artists come together in this exquisite group show that features art made from wood and art made from beeswax, pigments and resins.

Who: anyone who likes art, particularly really cool art
What: opening reception to celebrate Wood & Wax exhibit AND our 5th Anniversary
Where: 1+1=1 Gallery at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana
When: Friday Oct 19 from 5 to 8pm
Why: cuz you like art, good food, and we like you!

 

Our 5th Anniversary Month — a Perfect Time to Bring Back One of Our Most Exceptional Exhibits: Wood & Wax

Since our beginnings five years ago, we have proudly represented some of the best Montana woodworkers, at 1+1=1 Gallery. Helena artists, Dan McArdle, Tim Carney and John Andrew, are back at the gallery with all new finely crafted carvings, furniture and turned wood vessels. This year we welcome another wood turner, Boyd Carson of Bozeman. This year, we are also introducing encaustic artist, Erika James, from Portland Oregon.

All seven of the artists in Wood & Wax 2018 are talented, mature artists and we are delighted to show their work! Although we show their work year-round at the gallery, seeing it in exhibit and meeting the artists is an experience not to miss!

Curious about encaustic art?

Come to our opening to find out more about encaustic. What it is. How to care for it, how these three artists have explored the wax medium in their unique ways.

Darla Myers of Bozeman Montana, returns to Wood & Wax with a series of sumptuous yet whimsical forest paintings. Myers’ emotive abstracts are distillations of nature’s colors, light and shadows. She spends many hours outdoors, hiking, sketching, camping and walking her dogs. When you see her encaustic images of forest trails, filtered light and seasonal color, you’ll be reminded of some of your favorite Montana places.

Joyce Watts Coolidge, a former fiber artist from Anchorage, Alaska, joins us for a second year with contemporary encaustic and sculptural mixed media pieces. Coolidge uses hundreds of layers of fused wax and pigment with horsehair, handmade paper and wood to evoke stories any of us might imagine. Joyce will be at the opening all the way from Alaska. Please give her a hearty Helena welcome!

Erika James’ dramatic encaustic landscapes are inspired by the fog, rain, gorges, coasts and crusty mountains of her native Oregon. She seems to have an emotional, even profound connection to gigantic earth forms that dwarf humans, yet the wax and pigment medium she uses give an intimate experience when viewed up close in person. Don’t miss seeing Erika’s work in Helena! We are betting you will love it.

Curious about woodworking and wood carving? 

Woodworkers have a saying that they “make sawdust.” Well, I think our woodworkers make “elegance.” Consider the wood objects you live with: wouldn’t your life be more lovely if some of those useful objects were elegantly made by an artist? If your answer is yes, don’t miss this exhibit! 

John Andrew, a long-time Helena resident who has been turning gorgeous bowls from local trees for many years and there are hundreds of folks in our town who are proud to own one of his masterpieces. Many of John’s wood bowls are truly functional though they must be given care. Every bowl John turns is a work of art!

Tim J Carney, one of Helena’s masters of fine furniture design and woodworking is displaying a stunning Cherry and Ebony dining table with chairs; a live–edge walnut bistro table with stools; and other fabulous pieces of live edge exotic and local woods. Tim has the reputation of making the most comfortable chairs in Helena. Come try one – you’ll agree!

Boyd Carson’s sensual turned wood vessels drew me in from my very first sighting. Our newest gallery artist, Boyd is a retired furniture maker and building contractor now living in Bozeman. His sculptural vessels are remarkable art pieces — and each one has a fascinating story. Come hear his stories!

Dan McArdle, an incredibly talented artist, makes gorgeous relief carvings on wood and stains them with dyes. His inspiration comes from the many hours Dan spends outdoors, fishing, mountain biking and back country skiing. Our customers have loved Dan’s ravens, wolves, trout streams and prairie scenes since we began showing them three years ago. You have to see what Dan made this time!

2017 Small Works Holiday Gift Show

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.

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.

So ... Wood and Wax:

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Forest Stream Prairie Opening Night

FOREST STREAM PRAIRIE 2016: featuring new work by Dan McArdle & Maureen Shaughnessy

Mounting an exhibit takes us a couple of days. We take down the previous exhibit and pack up pieces that have sold. Unsold pieces go into our art storage downstairs. Then we patch holes in the walls, re-paint walls and pedestals and clean up. Next comes arranging the new artwork, hanging it, setting out pedestals and sculptures … then lighting, labels, window decor and many other tasks. Whew!

Pre-Opening Quiet: When we are done hanging and lighting the show, I like to take photos of the whole exhibit before the crowd comes. It’s quiet and I’m always really pleased with the new art and new arrangement.

Opening night was a blast! An appreciative crowd. Excellent gallery talks by the artists and a fabulous reception. Great way to spend a Friday evening in downtown Helena.

We are always so grateful for all the folks who attend the openings, listen to the talks and celebrate the artists with us on opening night. We also love seeing you any day we’re open. Sometimes a quiet afternoon at the gallery is the perfect time to really look deeply at the exhibits.  Thank you for your support!

Our Back Gallery features artworks by artists we represent, including:

Peter Shaughnessy, Jean Albus, Trudy Skari, Patty Ceglio, Nancy Goughnour, Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Maureen Cole, Sarah Magar, Sam Briegel, Gregg Edelen, Elizabeth Hughes Bass, Andres Cross Guns, Tina Albro, John Andrew and Tim J. Carney.

Catching some time with friends in the studio behind the gallery

One Family: Three Visions Opening Pics

Thank you to everyone who came to our opening reception for the gallery talks and wine/sushi party afterwards. We had a full house and lots of fun. I am so glad my friends and gallery supporters had the opportunity to meet some of my creative siblings, my mom and my son, who painted the installation mural for me.

Peter with "Splice Of Life"

Peter Shaughnessy is an accomplished sculptor, home-builder and outdoorsman. He brought 12 exquisite wood sculptures from his home in Tatlyoko British Columbia, for this show. His wife, Roma, is an integral part of Peter’s art in many ways. Just seeing the way she carefully wrapped the sculptures for the trip to Montana, and seeing her bopping around taking photos impressed me!

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Mary Beth Shaughnessy has been painting and drawing for many years, using her skills as an architect and artist interchangeably it seems. Her colorful acrylic paintings illustrate the relationship she cultivated with her children as they explored the natural world together. She tells stories through her art — the kind of stories we used to tell each other as children and parents and children pass along, about the trees, creeks, boulders, animals and other plants in the places we love.

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Gabe Shaughnessy lives and works in Portland, Oregon — he spends about half his time writing design code for a large software company, and the other half in his art studio creating art and murals with Lumenal Code. Gabe helped me paint the mural for my installation, Mother Tree.

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Mary, Peter and Roma Shaughnessy drove down from BC with our mother, Pat Shaughnessy who was our guest of honor at the opening. She and our dad, Ed, were the ones who started this, that’s for sure — and we were enormously glad to have her here!

And, of course, we couldn’t manage without Tim Carney, who makes the physical space happen, no matter what configuration Maureen comes up with. Thank you, Tim!

Whether you were able to come to opening night — or not — we invite you to enjoy these photos, and if you’re in town, stop by the gallery anytime between Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 to 6 pm  or Saturdays/Sundays 11 to 5pm. We’re open Sundays just for the holidays.

I will add more pics as I get them uploaded. In the meantime, enjoy! And warm wishes at this time nearing Winter Solstice!

Helena Art Gallery Opening Night

John Andrew, Alaina Buffalo Spirit and Bill Ryder are featured in "A Natural Connection" at 1+1=1 Gallery until March 30.
John Andrew, Alaina Buffalo Spirit and Bill Ryder are featured in “A Natural Connection” at 1+1=1 Gallery until March 30.

Oh boy, we got lots of great photos from the opening reception of A Natural Connection. Thank you to our wonderful artists who worked hard to create unique artwork specifically for the exhibit. We had a packed house at the art gallery opening Friday evening, Feb. 13th. Over 60 people were entertained and educated about wood turning, sculpting with old machines, and ledger art with a feminine twist during the gallery talks. You all gave fascinating talks and had visitors entranced and laughing. John Andrew, Alaina Buffalo Spirit and Bill Ryder, we appreciate you and are glad you are exhibiting with 1+1=1 Gallery!

 

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