January 2019

Shaped by History: 100 Years of the Irish Declaration of Independence

2019 marks 100 years since the Irish Declaration of Independence.  This proclamation on January 21, 1919, as well as the Anglo-Irish War from 1919-1921, marked the creation of modern Ireland and its freedom from British rule.  This informational exhibit explores the events and characters in Irish history that brought about this pivotal event in Irish history.

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


Future exhibits: 

February 1-28: Cathy Friel

March: TBA

April 1-30: Lisa Faugut

May 1-June 15: Continuum: Contemporary American Indian Art from the MAM Collection

More information here

June 15-August 1: Michael Jorgensen

August: TBA

September: TBA

October 1-November 15: Christine Martin

November 15-December 15: Gordon McConnell: When the West Was Won

More information here

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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 carlegallery.bsbpl@gmail.com.