Towns and Urban Sights of Montana

October 2017

This is  curated exhibit that features local artists as they explore the less than rural parts of Montana.  In a variety of mediums, these artist bring alive the everyday street scene, the forgotten house, and the mundane of our everyday landscape.  Interspersed with the art are John Carle’s bar series that explored the urban life of Butte. Viewing is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

Closing reception is Wednesday, November 2, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.



Not Always Black and White by Penny Walde

November – December  2017

Photographs from our 2018 Fund Raising Calendar

January 2018


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 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