Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fruitless: Drawings by Chris Turbuck

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Fruitless, a collection of drawings by Chris Turbuck. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery February 16 – 26. There will be a free public artist reception Thursday, February 18th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The work is composed of many pages from a graphic novel. The overarching story is a recounting of Chris’s failed attempts to become a university art professor during 2008. While the format of comic books (text boxes, speech balloons, panel divisions) may lead the viewer/reader to expect a frivolous, juvenile form of entertainment from his story, the work delivers something different: a new way of looking at regular life that reveals the profound in the ordinary; a chance to identify with his awkward, deeply personal experiences; a quiet note of encouragement that none of us is truly alone.

Chris Turbuck spent the first twenty five years of his life in Canada, graduating from the University of Regina with degrees in Art and English in 2004. He completed his graduate studies in printmaking at MSU in Bozeman in 2008. In early 2009, he was awarded a fellowship award and residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. After his time in California, he was graciously accepted back at MSU as an adjunct instructor. He continues to teach here, working steadily toward the completion of his first graphic novel, the autobiographical Fruitless.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions? Contact Madison Perrins, 406.591.1351.

Filmmaker Jason Burlage @ Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Update: Mi Chacra will be screened Thursday, July 29, 7 pm at The Emerson.

Jason Burlage, a Bozeman local and MSU graduate, will screen his documentary film, Mi Chacra (My Land) at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 19th at 5:30pm at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula.  Burlage’s film is among 46 feature documentaries that will show at the festival between February 12th and 21st.

With the Peruvian Andes as a backdrop, Mi Chacra tells the story of Feliciano, an indigenous Peruvian farmer who works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in hopes of some day taking his son to live in the city. Framed by the seasons, the film chronicles one year in Feliciano’s life, from the planting season in his community to the harvest, and through a season of work on the Inca Trail. It paints a vivid picture of this man’s world, of the conflict between his love of the land and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city.

Burlage originally went to Peru as staff and then director for a program that conducted community service projects in small villages in the Sacred Valley.  It was during one trip that a Peruvian friend told him about the situation of the porters on the Inca Trail and the disappearing culture of the indigenous people. Many porters are subsistence farmers who leave their communities to work on the trail and have difficulty adapting to the outside world. Burlage was struck by this story and knew there was a film to be made.  He spent a total of five months filming Feliciano and his family.

Burlage plans to host a screening of his film in Bozeman sometime this Spring.  For more information, contact Jason Burlage at or go to

Until Now: Sarah Angst @ Sola

Local artist Sarah Angst displays the bulk of her portfolio as a printmaker at Sola Cafe February 2 – March 31, 2010. Please join us for an opening reception February 5th from 4:30-6:00pm.

Sarah and Sola Café are donating 20% of any sales of her original work to The Emerson Center for Arts & Culture.