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April 17-May 23, 2023
The Carle Gallery presents “Pop Cars,” an exhibition of characterful, mixed-media illustrations by Mack Schroer. The unique pop-culture-infused exhibition is on view from April 16 through May 23, 2023.
“Pop Cars” started as a scribble of Homer Simpson on a daily-log sheet in February 2018 during a snow flurry in northwest North Dakota. Those lines etched on the back of a trucker’s daily log sheet soon called for a portrait of Homer and the seed for Pop Cars was planted. From there, the idea grew to encompass other pop culture figures who could get behind the “Pop Car” wheel. From a time-traveling Delorean to the Renaissance Man’s ornithopter gliding along the current of Fibonacci’s spiral, each of the characters that Schroer places in his artwork are defined by their choice of vehicle.
A “Pop Car” is an illustrated popular-culture character biography defined by his vehicle of choice with a pop art aesthetic. It fits into the larger genre of pop art imagery used from mass culture, popular advertising, comic books, and entertainment. They are created using mixed media illustrations drawn on top of the truck stop log sheet. Color pencils begin the sketch, then drawing pens ink the outline along with brushed India ink to give the artwork the comic book aesthetic. The art is colored using colored pencil, Prismacolor marker, chalk pastel, or watercolor. The lettering is hand drawn using Micron pens and a sewer’s ruler for spacing. The word bubbles are often rubber cemented on using a multitude of bright colors.
Mack found his calling on a ranch in Berryton, Kansas through comic books and animation. His love for visual narrative evolved in illustration, 2D animation, and graphic design. He graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Digital Design. At Rockhaven Films, he helped direct the company’s message through graphic design, writing and storyboarding, and motion graphic animation. Mack was awarded over twenty design and web awards by the Kansas Press Association for his work at the Osage County Herald-Chronicle newspaper including the 2015 Kansas Advertisement Designer of the Year. Mack currently works as an independent artist working in illustration, oil painting, 2D Animation, storyboarding, set design, window painting, creative writing and acting at Macklin Art.
The Carle Gallery is open during regular library hours. Admission is FREE. For more information, call the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library at 406-723-3361.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association (MAGDA), a statewide service organization for non-profit museums & galleries, and supported in part by grants from the Montana Arts Council, a state agency funded by the State of Montana; coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana's Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Trust Fund; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Pop Cars is organized by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA), a nonprofit organization of galleries from the Upper Midwest that organizes touring exhibitions from artist and institutional proposals, holds workshops and events, and promotes the arts.
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Big Sky Connection - The federal government is proposing to prioritize conservation more on some of the land that it manages. It's partly an effort to protect these lands against climate change. Comments from Vera Smith, senior federal lands policy analyst, Defenders of Wildlife.
April 10, 2023 - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed a rule that would bring more conservation to the lands it manages.
The agency's proposal would ensure that BLM lands are managed for conservation under its multiple-use mission, alongside uses such as recreation and resource extraction.
Vera Smith, senior federal lands policy analyst with Defenders of Wildlife, said this is especially important as the impacts from climate change become greater.
"What this rule does," said Smith, "is it says, 'We're going to make sure that we're checking in on that sustainability part of the equation. We're going to make sure that the way we're managing will be sustainable ecologically and to provide resources into the future for this country.'"
The Western Energy Alliance is among the opponents of this change - saying it goes too far beyond the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which laid out the multiple uses that should be prioritized on public lands.
The public can comment on the rule through June 20.
Smith said this rule would rebalance the scales for protection of the land.
"We've been focusing a lot for the last half century or century on the extraction side of things, the multiple uses," said Smith, "and now we've got to make sure, hey, are we doing this in a sustainable way?"
Smith also noted that BLM lands are home to many threatened and endangered species.
"We do have a responsibility to make sure that we can keep the lands in good, healthy condition," said Smith, "and I'm hoping that this is a good, measured, balanced way to go about doing that."
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