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