Spring/Summer 2014 Adult Art Classes Announced!

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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

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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.

Breaking Out The Big Guns

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.


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


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.


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