May’s First Friday Openings at The Modbo and SPQR: Lorelei Beckstrom and Dareece Walker!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) are proud to present a First Friday opening on May 2nd, 2014. The Modbo will host Folkesagn, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lorelei Beckstrom.  S.P.Q.R. will have works of Dareece Walker, in his first solo show with The Modbo.  Both shows will be up until Friday, May 30th. Opening reception is from 5:30 pm til midnight on Friday, May 2nd, with live music by Mobdividual at 9 pm. The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240. 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.

About Folkesagn:

“Some of my favorite memories of my childhood in Minnesota are those spent watching the Aurora Borealis. Soon after my 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’, in which I told some of the great Greek myths through stuffed animals, I stumbled upon a particular Nordic folktale [folkesagn], in which the fox was the creator of the Northern Lights.

I decided to further explore this folklore of my ancestors, and found intriguing stories of the rabbit connecting the heavens and the earth, the deer who ate from the World Tree, and Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin, who flew the world to bring him knowledge.

I was inspired and began work for this show by creating the animal masks to be used in my photoshoots- which always become a fun and serendipitous collaboration between myself and the models. These paintings are loosely based on our interpretation of these stories.

Most of the frames in this show were given to me by the Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey. They were among hundreds of frames collected over his lifetime that were damaged in the 2013 flood that devastated our neighborhood. Some of them were repaired, and some are left in their damaged state. It’s a true honor to give them a new life, along with this series of tales.” –Lorelei Beckstrom

About Lorelei Beckstrom:

Lorelei Beckstrom spent seven years in college in Minnesota, where she dreamt of being a professional student- studying nearly every form of art before finally settling on painting. She then took a decade off to relocate to Colorado and build an unusual off-grid strawbale home, which she considers her greatest work of art to date. After spending years running a publishing business and a yoga studio, she found herself wanting to recommit to art full-time, and began studying oils once again under Brett Andrus.

Beckstrom has since shown prolifically in Colorado, where she co-owned the award-winning Rubbish Gallery. She has also shown at Eggman and Walrus in Santa Fe and Cult Status in Minneapolis. Her work resides in collections in the United States, Mexico, and England. She is represented by The Modbo in Colorado Springs and the Carla Wright Gallery in Denver.

In 2012, Lorelei was awarded ‘Best Artist on the Rise’ by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Her 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’ was featured in a cover story by the Colorado Springs Independent, and was later voted silver for best show of the year.

About Rips and Stains of Fabric and Time:

“My experience growing up as a black man, in the United States, has yielded many questions about the history of this nation as it relates to African Americans. These questions inspire my interest in the history of black representation, and provoke me to create work in response to my discoveries. I use recycled wood and cardboard because of the color, they relate to commodities, are low quality and easily replaced. As a black American I feel underestimated, and I empathize with these qualities of being used, undervalued, and discarded.” –Dareece Walker

About Dareece Walker:

Dáreece Jordan Walker was born in 1989 in Manhattan, Kansas. He is currently living and working in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dáreece received his bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in May 2013. Recently he has shown at The Business of Art Center, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Dáreece has been published in The Gazette, CS Independent, The African American Voice, Revolution Newspaper, and the New American Paintings Blog.

Awards include the Campus Auxiliaries excellence award in visual arts at UCCS, a purchase of his piece “March With King” by UCCS for permanent collection, RAW Colorado Springs Visual Artist of the Year 2012, and the African American Voice 2013 “Talented Ten” award. Dareece will be moving to New York this fall to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts NY.

Spring/Summer 2014 Adult Art Classes Announced!

Info here!

April’s Arts Alley Openings: Cymon Padilla at The Modbo, Monique Viger at SPQR


The Modbo and SPQR, the Arts Alley District, present new works by Cymon Padilla and Monique Viger for April’s First Friday. Padilla’s show, “Postcards from Hyperborea,” will be featured in the Modbo, while Viger’s “Branches… Birds and Bugs” hangs in SPQR. Opening reception from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, April 4th. This show will run through Friday, April 25th. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903. 633-4240.

SPQR will host new works by Monique Viger, “Branches . . . Birds and Bugs.” Monique Viger is one of Modbo Collective’s newest members, and has studied under Brett Andrus for almost five years at the ModboCo School of Art. Her work has been in galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and hair salons throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Here, at her first solo show, Monique experiments with how light abstracts images within nature.

In the Modbo, you’ll find Cymon Padilla’s “Postcards from Hyperborea.” Cymon Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. These interests crystallized in his first oil painting class at Pikes Peak Community College,  where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012. His work is primarily focused on using humor  and absurd juxtapositions to illustrate the relationship between human culture and the natural  world. When he’s not at his day job or in the studio, you can find Cymon exploring the outdoor landscapes that inspire much of his art.


March’s First Friday Arts Alley District Openings: Chameleon by Erin Jones and Two India: Photography by Matthew Schniper and Anthony Delao Adams


The Modbo and SPQR, the Arts Alley District, proudly present March’s first Friday opening. The Modbo will host “Chameleon” by Erin Jones, while photographers Matthew Schniper and Anthony Delao Adams present “Two India” at SPQR. The opening reception for this show is on March 7th from 5:30 pm til midnight. Closing on March 28. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. More info at or at 633-4240,

In the Modbo:

“Chameleon” by Erin Jones, is a collection of paintings and intaglio etchings that investigate camouflage and adaptation among people, environments, and objects.  Erin Jones, 23, is a Colorado Springs native.  She graduated from Palmer High School, having taken Advanced Placement and IB Classes in art.  Her first and most prominent art pursuit began with FutureSelf in 2003.  She studied countless art media under dozens of local artists as a student while also moving forward in the program as volunteer, artist assistant, event coordinator and teacher, until the program’s end in 2011.  Erin worked extensively with local artist and mentor Spica Stolfus and the Black Kiowa Gallery from 2006 to present. There, she executed dozens of art projects, shows, and installations throughout the community.  From 2007-2008, Erin worked at the Smokebrush Foundation of the Arts as a gallery assistant and an assistant curator.  In 2008, she was accepted into the highly esteemed annual juried art exhibition “Wunderkind” at the Business of Art Center.  This exhibit spotlights 12 of the top high-school art students in the Pikes Peak region.  Erin fell in love with oil paint in 2010 while studying under Brett Andrus at The Modbo/ SPQR galleries. Heavy participation in the Arts Alley District with Brett and Lauren Andrus has provided Erin with ample amounts of gallery exposure and recognition throughout the community. In an attempt to broaden her horizons in art and travel, Erin applied last year to the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts and was accepted alongside 26 participants worldwide to undergo an intensive abroad study in Italy and Greece for the fall of 2012.


Two India: photography by Anthony Delao Adams and Matthew Schniper, capturing recent travels in India with Yobel International. (10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Yobel International.)

For two weeks in January, 2014, Anthony Delao Adams and Matthew Schniper participated as volunteers on a Yobel International Exposure Trip to Kolkata and Darjeeling, India. In the northern, tea-growing region, they helped teach a business-development curriculum aimed at empowering rural communities to transform their communities under their own power and leadership, to create true self-sufficiency and thereby less dependency on foreign aid. As part of the mission-oriented outreach work, they also visited the largest red light district in Asia, called  Sonagachi, touring the production facilities of partnering fair-trade organizations who work to get women out of the sex trade and into dignified, sustainable labor. The images in this exhibit are not directly related to that mission, but were captured in the same locales, as both photographers interacted with the vibrant landscape and its captivating people. The intent is to provide two unique visual narratives and entry points into the complex and often confounding landscape that is India. This is each photographer’s first time to exhibit in a gallery setting.


Matthew Schniper has been an arts editor and food critic at the Colorado Springs Independent since 2006. He graduated from Colorado College in 2001 with a creative writing and film degree, having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama. He has traveled through more than 35 countries, spent many years inside the restaurant industry, and enjoys organic gardening, beekeeping and outdoor pursuits in addition to photography. He recalls taking volumes of awful pictures on many a  disposable camera, Polaroid or cheap point-and-shoot before getting his first 35mm film camera, an Olympus OM-2N, for a high school photography class. Years later, he would go through a few cheap point-and-shoot digital cameras before moving into a starter-level Canon Rebel XTi. Currently, he shoots on a Canon EOS 50D, affectionately nicknamed “Ginger Snap” by its former owner. Visit, a perpetual work in progress, to view more of his photography.

Anthony Delao is a local travel and portrait photographer focusing on everyday life. Undisturbed, as it is, in the midst of what may appear to be mundane or uninspiring at first glance. In 2009 a former boss placed an old camera in his hands, unintentionally sparking an interest in taking photos. However it was his first encounter with Thailand, in 2010, that really began his journey as a photographer and has allowed him to visit and photograph some of the globe’s most interesting people and places. He spent the better part of his twenties living abroad and working in the non-profit realm, leaving him with the most insatiable case of wanderlust ever to strike a man and his camera. Today, he is a foodie and pastry junkie who dreams of shooting for a travel magazine, AFAR… one day.


HEADHUM and Moonhoney at The ModboCo School of Rock

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Live Music at The ModboCo School of Rock at Ivywild! Please join us on Saturday, March 8th for a night of live music with HEADHUM and Moonhoney. Comprised of Andy Tanner on vocals, guitar, and piano, Jonathan Johnson on drums, and Brett Andrus on bass, HEADHUM is delighted to be reunited for this show. They’ll be joined by Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret (Ryan Flores, Adriana Jones, and Kirk Potillo) for some Latin/Gypsy awesomeness.  This show happens at the Ivywild school, 1604 S. Cascade Ave, in the ModboCo space downstairs. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. $7. More at or 633-4240.


February’s First Friday Opening at The Modbo and SPQR: The Student Show!

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Please join us for February’s first Friday art opening in the Arts Alley District.  The Modbo and SPQR (17c and 17b East Bijou) will happily present works by students and teachers of the new Modboco School of Art at Ivywild. The opening reception for this show is Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  The show may be viewed on subsequent Fridays in the month of February, beginning at 5:30 pm, until the closing on Friday, February 28th.  More information at, or by calling 633-4240.


The ModboCo School of Art has existed in one form or another over the past five years, but opened formally at its new space in Ivywild in August of 2013.  The school serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to students.  Art classes are taught for all ages and skill levels, and in a variety of media.  This new show will feature work from students as young as pre-Kindergarten and all the way up through adult levels.  There will also be pieces from several ModboCo teachers, including Christian Medovich, Brett Andrus, Phil Lear, and Erin Jones.


Don’t miss this fun opportunity to see the progress of our amazing group of students, and perhaps you’ll whet your appetite to take a class yourself!


Also on first Friday this month, don’t miss even more fun than usual downtown– From : “ Downtown will once again play host to an Olympic Celebration, this time for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Starting at 5 p.m. downtown streets will be filled with winter sport activities – like dog sledding, snowmobiles, and ice climbing – even aerialist snowboarders with The Flying Aces. Take part in the Short and Sweet Dash, meet future and former Olympians, and watch the Opening Ceremonies on a giant outdoor screen.  Enjoy live music by Austin Young and Grant Sabin, numerous booths and demonstrations, beer garden and vodka zone, and lighting of a ceremonial cauldron. “




Jacque Ryal returns to The Modbo with Swelter and Burn

Jacque Ryal


Please join us on Saturday, December 28th, for a night of music at The Modbo gallery.  17c East Bijou St., 80903. 633-4240. $8 suggested donation.  Jacque Ryal, all the way from NYC, will be joined by local band Swelter and Burn.  Doors at 8, show at 9.


Jacque Ryal of New York based indie pop outfit, Strip Darling is excited to play her second show at The Modbo.  Time Out New York and the Interrobang’s Filtered Excellence calls the music “atmospheric and an impressively diverse set which is very much on par with artists such as Tori Amos, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.”


Swelter and Burn was created in the summer of 2012 when Willow and Lauren decided that the world finally needed what it has been waiting for all this time– a quirky piano duet band.  Experienced local musician Willow Welter, of Abracastabya fame, brings her lovely, silvery voice to the mix, as well as her impeccable song writing.  Lauren Andrus, coming from a classical background, brings some harmonies and florid pianism.  Together, they write whimsical tunes which delight audiences in both cities in which they have played.


The Sixth Annual Small Works Show at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Opens Friday!

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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!)

C A L L F O R A R T I S T S !

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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)

Fire, Fire, Flood

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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.


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