The Modbo cheerfully presents its Sixth Annual Small Works Show! This amazing show features work by right around 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular display of hundreds of pieces. (To be more exact, we have over 400 pieces this year! The most yet!!)
Throughout opening night, look for tidbits of live music by Ryan Flores, Jeremy Van Hoy, and more!
A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works is a cash-and-carry event. See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you! All pieces are under 24″ in every dimension.
Shop local! Support local artists and local galleries! Knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list! Support Downtown Colorado Springs!
The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 6th. The show runs through Friday, January 10th. Don’t miss it!
(psssssst save the date: The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret, is on Saturday, 12.14!)
Open invitation for any artist who would like to participate in the wildly popular annual exhibition at The Modbo.
Voted Best Exhibition in Colorado Springs numerous times over the last 5 years by the Gazette and Indy Best Of.
A great opportunity to sell work for the holidays.
All work must be smaller than 24 inches in any dimension (yes, that includes frames)
Work must be ready to hang (2 D-ring hangers or 2 screw eyes). Drop off work in person
Saturday, November 23rd 10 pm-3 pm
Show will be lightly juried $3 hanging fee per piece (for work that is selected)
It goes without saying, our community and state have gone through some trying times in the last 16 months.
The goal of this exhibition is to document our community’s strength, heartbreak, and resolve.
To heal, and move forward.
To see possibilities, and to create.
Join us on Friday, November 1st 5:30 pm -12:00 pm for a community exhibition remembering the experiences that touched us and brought us together over the last 16 months.
You Need Art, Art Needs You.
The Modbo and SPQR present October’s Arts Alley Openings. The Modbo will contain Stardust, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lindsay Hand, while SPQR hosts collective member Phil Lear and Christian Medovich. The opening reception is Friday, October 4th, between 5:30 pm and midnight. The show runs through Friday, October 25th. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 719.633.4240. themodbo.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stardust, Lindsay Hand’s most recent body of work, is a collection of twelve figurative oil paintings dripping, raw and loose in their rendition. The ethereal reference of stardust is brought into play with sparkling, stark white stars surrounded by earth tones and accented with pops of color. Works, deconstructed through technique and color, reveal layers in process and concept, all together resulting in an exhibit sweet and honest in its portrayal of life’s moments.
Lindsay Hand, born and raised in Colorado Springs, has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state, beginning with Wunderkind 2001 at the BAC and most recently at The Modbo for the past 4 years consecutively. Her most recent body of work, “Stardust”, will open October 4th at The Modbo. Hand was nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Best Visual Artist 2012 and is featured in Studio Visit Magazine in 2013, Volume 21. She is scheduled in April of 2014 to show her work at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as part of an exhibit marking the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. You can see her work at www.lindsayhand.com
Phil Lear’s painting strives to present a certain poetic insight into the world around. His style and brushwork harmonize with the character of his subject, to reveal the inborn charm of painting.
Born in Ontario, Canada in 1975, Phil grew up with a very close love of art. Always drawing and sketching, he expressed his creativity early by writing and illustrating stories and cartoons. His family moved to the United States in 1990, where Phil developed his skills in all the high school art classes, and worked with a select group of young artists known as Smiling Shep Designs, producing banners and artwork for the surrounding community.
In 1993 Phil enrolled in Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time the he began to realize a passion for painting, and for expressing the beauty he saw all around. Personal study and a deep love for the art of the Renaissance and late-Victorian eras increased both his knowledge of painterly innovation, and his fast-beating desire to become an artist himself.
After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps toward entering the professional world of painters. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and has displayed work in several public exhibitions and competitions. Phil now furthers his study and artistic journey in the company of other fine artists at the Cottonwood Artists’ School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
His paintings deal with the beauty in common scenes of nature and everyday folk. He finds inspiration in the touching effects of light and shadow, and the narrative splendor of the simple things in life. Like the Academy painters of the 1800’s, Phil prefers to work with a warm, limited palette, using subdued colors to bring a calm and natural mood to the canvas.
Christian Medovich has spent over two decades in the visual arts. He has taught technical theater at Colorado College as well as papermaking and Art History at the Club of the Arts. Christian can also be found at the Fine Arts Center building scenery, teaching at the ModboCo and designing lights for various dance performances in Colorado Springs. In 2010, Christian reinvested his time back into drawing and painting through the Modbo classes, training with Brett Andrus. It has been through careful instruction and curiosity that Christian finds himself participating in the tradition of peddling his created images. He thanks those who have had a hand (you know who you are). His newest body of work was inspired by the Tom Waites song, “Murder in the Redbarn,” as well as the artist’s interpretations of various societal taboos.
The Modbo presents a call for artists for its November show, Fire, Fire, Flood. Intake is on October 26th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou Street, 80903, 633-4240. This is a juried exhibition with a $5 entry fee. Work must be ready to hang with two stable points of attachment. It goes without saying, our community and state have gone through some trying times in the last 16 months. The goal of this exhibition is to document our community’s strength, heartbreak, and resolve. To heal, and move forward. To see possibilities, and to create. We hope you join us. All media welcome.
September’s Arts Alley Openings: Caitlin Goebel’s Horror Vacui in The Modbo and the Comic Art Fest in SPQR!
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s Arts Alley opening on Friday, September 6th, from 5:30 pm until midnight. The Modbo will host Horror Vacui: a show of new work by Caitlin Goebel, while SPQR presents its first ever Comic Art Show in anticipation of the Comic Art Fest on Saturday, September 7th. At 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on the night of the opening, look for special performances by Colorado Springs’ very own Evilettes, go- go dancing, bee-hive rocking, invaders who are armed with sax-a-ma-phones and insta-fry ray guns. These singing enchantresses just love to perform– don’t miss them!
In the Modbo:
Caitlin Goebel is a twenty-four year old big dreamin’ perma-teen residing in Colorado Springs, CO. Largely self-taught, but well versed in a broad spectrum of techniques and materials, she prefers unorthodox supplies like fluorescent paints, glitter, and rhinestones to more traditional media. Goebel’s work intends to meld two of her biggest obsessions, the erudite web Modern Art and theory and the glitzy glamour of trash-fashion culture. Goebel has shown her work throughout the region since 2007, and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Art History and Gallery Management at UCCS. Horror Vacui is her first solo exhibition.
Horror Vacui, can be defined as the filling of the entire surface of an Art object. This body of work questions the idea of surface, a physical plane. While these pieces allude to the idea of “flattening” the surface of a painting with clean, geometric patterns and a matted finish, their flat-footed modernity is confused by the addition of one or multiple layers of a similarly themed, though glossy and “surfaceless,” image. The space that is covered is not a left to right plane, but rather a forward and backward space. Depth is created via the “stacking” of supine and ultra-simplified images. The content is arbitrarily selected and inspired by the campy, glitzy, and oft-vapid gloss of post-Internet Millennial culture.
In honor of the Comic Art Fest, to be held on Saturday, September 7th at SPQR, the gallery will be showing a special selection of comic artists for the month, including T.K. Miller, Langdon Foss, Joe Oliver, Kevin Johnson, Nate Hamel, Dan Crosier, and more! Comic Art Fest is a celebration of comic book art, recognizing artists in the Colorado area. This year – the third annual event – will feature over 15 local and regional professional comic artists who will show their work and do sketches and art demonstrations. The event will include several artist Q&A panels, an art auction and an art activity area for kids.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley, announce August’s first Friday art openings. Holly Parker Dearborn will show “Fog of War” in the Modbo, while Denver artist Roy Linton displays his work at S.P.Q.R. The opening reception is from 5:30 til midnight on Friday, August 2nd, and the show runs through Friday, August 30th. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou Street, and can be reached at themodbo.com, email@example.com, or 719-633-4240.
About Holly Parker Dearborn:
Holly Parker Dearborn received her MFA from American University in Italy and Washington DC (’06), where she was awarded the American University Graduate Assistant Scholarship and the Mellon Fund Graduate Research Grant. In 2007, Holly won “Best Local Exhibition” award by the Pikes Peak Arts Council for her creation of the “Hot Off the Press” Colorado printmakers invitational at the Business of Art Center, and was responsible for curating many other award-winning exhibitions and programming
for various arts organizations. Holly is a Colorado native who served in the Colorado Springs art community for a number of years. Among other graphic design and advertising director positions, she spent over eight years in management for the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts as the Executive Director & Curator. Holly currently serves as the Independent Curator for the new Ivywild School project, is a member of the Museum Committee of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and continues to build her studio career. See more of Holly’s work at: http://www.parkerdearborn.com
“Fog of War” is Holly’s first local, solo exhibition of work from her Active Ingredients Series; a body of work featuring the active ingredients of Used Motor Oil & Earth combined as a conceptual painting medium to create dramatically ambiguous landscapes based on “battlefields”. A number of works from this series were featured
in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s “Colorado Springs Abstract” exhibition in 2009, as well as at the American University Museum and Prada Gallery in Washington D.C.
In the Modbo exhibition, Holly will also include several new works from the Active Ingredients Series, as well as a sub-series of sculptures from the Active Ingredients suite called WMDs. Like the counterpart paintings in this series, the WMDs are crafted from Used Motor Oil & Earth and include embedded objects. Each WMD is accompanied by an X-Ray photograph to reveal its contents. These works presciently serve as a commentary on the power of nuclear technology to both detect and destroy. Additionally, hinting to the myriad ways that invasive surveillance impacts our daily existence.
About Roy Linton:
It’s the summer of 1969– Jimi Hendrix is refining the Star Spangled Banner. Roy Linton and Roy Funnell are silk screening mischievous and satirical posters, first for events at their alma mater, Palmer High School, and then beyond– reflecting the values and attitudes of the late 20th century. Expanding beyond Hobbit Hole Posters, Roy Linton created numerous collages, some consuming 30 years to complete. Says Linton, “They are like viewing a movie all at once; only you can take your time to watch what you want when you want to.” Roy Funnell passed away in 2012; Roy Linton carries on in Denver promoting the philosophies and entertainment that started with the novel beginnings of Hobbit Hole Posters.
The Modbo quickly presents an emergency cabaret! This Friday, July 12th, doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Please join us in a last minute, totally awesome, R-rated-as-usual fundraiser for The ModboCo, the Modbo’s new school of art at Ivywild! $10 suggested donation, 633-4240 for more info, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss the (temporary!) return of famed singer Jessie Oliver, joined by cabaret regulars Solveig Olsen, Claire Anderson, and Lauren Andrus. Also featuring: Willow Welter, Kyle Dexter, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Kevin Bennett, newcomer Rachel Rodriguez, Ayanna Martinez, and more! Plus, special celebrity guest appearances by the likes of Babette!
About the ModboCo:
The ModboCo serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to those who seek to learn about art. An expansion of The Modbo’s popular art classes, the ModboCo will offer classes for adults, children, youth-at-risk, home-schooled students, and more! Occasional weekend workshops on subjects ranging from film to encaustic to community-minded arts projects also will be offered. Students can count on teachers with a wide variety of experience and knowledge, who create their own work with integrity, and seek to share their methods with others. As learners of all ages and skill levels, students can depend on a focused, but fun, process, leading to real-world skills and abilities in the subject of their choice.
-work by Lindsay Hand
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries present Scoot, a new show featuring scooter-themed art in honor of the National Lambretta Rally (to be hosted by The Modbo this year). The art opening for this show will be on Friday, July 5th, from 5:30 until midnight. The show runs through Friday, July 26th. The Modbo may be reached at email@example.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou. Featured artists include: Douglas Rouse, Lorelei Beckstrom, Phil Lear, Lindsay Hand, Trevor Thomas, Nick Campbell, Christian Medovich, Jean Cuchiaro, Gary Weston, Dan Romano, Danny Gillies, Cymon Padilla, Candice Torres, Susan Fletcher, Jen Meyer, Wesley Wayne, and Nicolas Mandelkow.
The Modbo, an award winning art gallery in downtown Colorado Springs, proudly announces a regional call for artists. In honor of the National Lambretta Jamboree 2013, to be held at The Modbo in July, the Modbo seeks entries for scooter-themed art, to be displayed for the month of July. Sorry, no sculpture will be considered unless it may be hung from a wall. All pieces must be framed and ready to hang, with two points of attachment (i.e., screw eyes or d-rings) on the back of each piece. Pieces chosen will be subject to The Modbo’s normal commission schedule, information upon request. Entry fee is $10 per piece submitted for jurying, non-refundable. Pieces must be dropped off on June 29th between the hours of noon and three. Pick-up for unaccepted pieces will be on June 30th, between the hours of noon and two. For more information and any other questions, please contact the Modbo at themodbo at gmail.com, with the word “scooter” in the subject line.