Carle Gallery


THE SURGING, THUNDERING HERD: VINTAGE BISON ENGRAVINGS, 1766-1910, sponsored by the Historical Museum at Ft. Missoula, features a cornucopia of vintage engravings depicting the iconic animal of the American West—the buffalo, as it is commonly called. These engravings span 144 years of art, from early European copper plate engravings by artists who never actually saw the animal (they copied shamelessly!) to artists who witnessed these massive animals on the western frontier, and finally, to early 1900s color chromolithographic postcards. Many of these vibrant bison images were drawn from 19th-century publications such as Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, plus other now rare sources. Notable frontier artists whose derivative prints (creations evolving from their paintings) are in the exhibit include; Frederic Remington, George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, and William M. Cary. Five images are hand-tinted, and seven images were originally produced in color.

Join us July 5th, 5-8 pm for the Uptown Art Walk!

Upcoming Exhibits

For more information, please call Shari Curtis at 723-3361 x6302.


The Carle Gallery is located in the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library in historic uptown Butte, Montana. The gallery was established by the library as a tribute to artist John Carle, whose murals and paintings depict Butte, its historic buildings, and inhabitants. The gallery seeks to continue to honor and support local artists by providing an opportunity for them to present their work professionally and to begin a dialogue with the community about their art, as well as hosting exhibits by artists from outside of Butte.

John Carle

John M. Carle was born and raised in Butte. He started drawing at three years old. As a freshman in high school, he found himself in advanced painting. In 2000, he graduated from Butte High. Carle spent time working in the mine and fighting wildfires before picking up the brush again in 2007. He started painting portraits, wildlife, scenery, and character art. His best known paintings were from the “bar” series, which included Metals Bank, Club 13, and the M&M. In 2012, Carle painted a mural of the original Butte Free Public Library on the balcony of the present library. He passed away on September 18, 2012. He was 31 years old. The staff at Butte-Silver Bow Public Library dedicate this art gallery in memory of John Carle.

To apply to exhibit your work at the Carle Gallery, please review these exhibition guidelines and complete this application and return it to Butte-Silver Bow Public Library.

Below is the video of the painting of the library’s mural:

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Exhibition Proposal Application

If you are an artist and would like to exhibit at the Carle Gallery, please fill out this form and send images of your artwork to