First Fridays: Sumo Wrestling

The library will kick off it Japan: Art, Language, & Culture series with out January First Fridays.  We will explore Sumo Wrestling.  This Japanese sport is highly ritualized and has strong Shinto religious meaning.  We will view a series of documentaries that explore the history, present, and future of the sport. Sumo 101 (National Geographic) Girth, grit and training can bring victory in Japan’s most beloved traditional sport. Sumo wrestling dates back to Shinto ceremonies more than 1,000 years old; its traditions dictate everything from pre-show rituals to the wrestlers’ diet. Ireland’s First Sumo (BBC) Colin Carrot becomes Ireland’s first sumo wrestler at the World Sumo Wrestling Championships in Japan. Little Miss Sumo (Netflix) A female sumo wrestler fights against tradition and stigma to win her place in the...

Japan: Art, Language, Culture

The Carle Gallery will exhibit a collection of Kimonos from long-time Whitehall resident, Keiko Nabb.  Nabb, a native of Japan, has collected family Kimonos for several decades.  The Kimonos will be on display from December 15th through February 29th. In addition to the exhibition in the Carle Gallery, the library will host several events.  Japan: Art, Language, and Culture will feature a series of events including origami classes, beginning Japanese, Japanese Temples, and Japanese crafts.  Below is the full schedule. Friday, January 3rd: Sumo Wrestling: Past & Future.   Sumo 101, Ireland’s First Sumo, & Little Miss Sumo  shown as part of First Fridays at Noon Tuesday, January 14th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 21st: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 28th: Sewn Japanese sketch books at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 4th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Friday, February 7th: Japanese Internment in Montana as part of First Fridays at noon with Kristjana Eyjolfsson (Fort Missoula) Tuesday, February 11th: Tour Japanese Temples at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 18th: Koi Windsocks at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 25th: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Saturday, February 29th: Closing Reception at 2:00pm.  Special guests: Erik & Tomoko Rose from the Japan Friendship Club as well as Games & Crafts for the whole...

WWI Memorial Exhibition @Carle Gallery

April 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the US entry into WWI. The Carle Gallery is hosting an exhibit to celebrate this commemoration. The exhibit consists of both informational and copies of WWI propaganda posters from the Library of Congress online collection. The text focuses on the impact in Montana, particularly in Butte....

Call for artists!

  Registration is now open for “Seasons of Montana.”  This is a curated show and open to entries of all mediums.  We are looking for artwork that expresses, if not pushes the boundaries of the concept of “seasons.”  The only requirement is that subjects be of Montana. Applications and electronic copies of submissions are accepted until February 24, 2017.  Notifications will be by February 27, 2017. Art work should be fully rendered and delivered to the Carle Gallery no later than March 6, 2017. Opening reception will be March 9, 2017. For applications, please download from The Carle Gallery page here....

HOLLY GO-BOLDLY: Paintings of Global Travels and More

For the month of June, the Carle Gallery will host the work of Butte artist Holly Morgan-Fitterer in her exhibit “HOLLY GO-BOLDLY.” A reception will be held Tuesday, June 2nd from 5-8pm. At 6pm, Holly will share some of the stories behind her paintings, and then show us all how to draw her iconic koi fish at 6:30. A prize will be awarded to the best koi! These large-scale oil on canvas paintings are meant to express a nonlinear sense of place with bold lines and vibrant colors. Holly’s interests reside in surreal compositions of foreign and domestic destinations. Each painting is a multitude of experiences combined into one piece. She uses various photographs from her global travels and her personal family archive as references.  Every piece is a unique collage of a place. The color gold is used liberally throughout her work to enhance memory and beauty in a whimsical manner. Holly is a graduate of St. Olaf College where she obtained degrees in Studio Art and Art History, along with a concentration in Asian Studies.  She recently completed the Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP).  This event is free and open to the public. “Holly Go-boldly” will run from June 1st – 20th.  For more information, contact Nerissa at 723 3361 x6305 or...

May Art Exhibit: Signature Show (MT Artrepreneur Program)

For the month of May, the Carle Gallery has invited distinguished students of the Montana Artrepreneur Program (from the Pintler and Three Forks cohorts) to submit signature works to be juried and selected for an exhibit we are calling “Signature Show.” An opening reception will be held Tuesday, May 5th from 5-8pm. A presentation about the program will begin at 6pm. The Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) is an art-centered business development program of the Montana Arts Council, taught by working artists and open to all visual artists.  MAP provides over 40 hours of college-level instruction, demystifying the world of business and affirming the title of “Artist” as a credible profession.  The Montana Artrepreneur Program has earned national acclaim and has documented impact for more than 300 artists across Montana. Artists interested in participating in the 2016 session of the program may learn more the reception presentation, May 5th at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. “Signature Show” will run May 1-23.   For more information, contact Nerissa at 723 3361 x6305 or ncook@buttepubliclibrary.info....