Exhibiting until February 29th:  Keiko’s Kimonos

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.  It is also available on our website.

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 family.

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


Future exhibits: 

March 1-31: Dean Petersen

April 1-30: Dave Johnson

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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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If you are an artist and would like to exhibit at the Carle Gallery, please  send information about yourself and images of your artwork to carlegallery.bsbpl@gmail.com.