October’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Douglas Rouse’s Smorgasbord of Reflection

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present October’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, October 2nd, 2015 viewers can enjoy a panoply of work by Douglas Rouse in his newest show titled “Smorgasbord of Reflection.”  The show will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through October, ending October 30th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Douglas Rouse is an internationally-seasoned artist living locally since 2001.  Focusing mainly on large scale murals, he is a non-linear thinker who loves to be challenged.  Art is his business.    From works on canvas and sides of buildings to speed painting and 3D street art on asphalt, Douglas is inspired to share his vision and imagination.  This show, titled “Smorgasbord of Reflection,” is a collection of both old and new paintings, flirting with his career as a painter in Colorado Springs.  For a complete scope of his talent and completed projects please visit

September’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Clive Nyles’ “Awaken” and New Works by Cole Bennett


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, September 4th, 2015 viewers can enjoy new works by Cole Bennett as well as “Awaken,” a new show by Clive Nyles.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through September,  ending September 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Clive Nyles attended the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Although originally from England, Nyles remained in Georgia after his time at S.C.A.D.  This is Nyles’ third show at The Modbo.  He draws inspiration from automatic surrealist painters like Gustave Moreau and Max Ernst. Nyles works in a way that tries to interface with and react to the subconscious, allowing it to come forward.  

Cole is a graduate of Colorado College both as a Studio Art major and a MAT graduate. He is a  Visual Arts Teacher at West Middle School and has been showing work at various venues, concerts, and galleries in the front range area for five years, after returning to his hometown of Colorado Springs. Cole’s main artistic interest is artwork that arises organically, out of conversation with a community of ideas. As a member of the Modbo Collective, Cole enjoys responding to other artist’s feedback, attempting to push himself into uncomfortable territory. Because critique is so central to his process, many of his ideas are generated by conversations with students as well.

 Bennett’s new show is a collection of work inspired in part by the delicacy of Japanese woodcut prints, as well as the content of Buddhist mandalas. Mandalas did not always depict the Buddha or known practitioners, or even specific characters from Buddhist texts. Often there were depictions of enlightened beings from other universes, completely imagined by the artist. Here, Cole has similarly imagined what beings from other worlds may look like if depicted in otherworldly religious artwork.

July’s First Friday Openings at The Modbo and SPQR: Chelsea Boucher and Hannah Moghbel!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present July’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, July 3rd, 2015 Chelsea Boucher’s “The Sun and the Neighbors” will open at The Modbo, while Hannah Moghbel’s “Appetite” debuts at S.P.Q.R. The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and the pieces will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through July, ending July 31st.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Chelsea Boucher has lived in Colorado Springs for 17 years off and on, with stints in Denver and both U.S. coasts. It was life in San Francisco and a Midwestern childhood that created desire to elevate the mundane in a culture of extravagance, and a return to Colorado that kickstarted this expression through public exhibition. Since 2011, her work has shown a number of times in juried shows at S.P.Q.R. and The Modbo, a recent solo show, Girls, at G44 Gallery, and in 2014’s The Postmodern Show at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, where her bricolage piece “The Condition of Mary” was awarded Second Place. She is continually fascinated with human interaction, also motivated by a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting, and the not-traditionally-found-in-high-art use of everyday and specifically non-archival materials. In addition to The Modbo’s The Sun and the Neighbors, a collection of her new works is currently showing in A Fertile Dialogue, a five-woman show at Cottonwood, where she works from studio 104.

The Sun and the Neighbors is a story about all of us, as we live under the same star with wildly varying results. Humble materials mix with more expected media in this observation of how we, as humans, both shape and are shaped by the perceptions and expectations of our literal and figurative neighbors, and the number of turns we take (or don’t) around the Sun. Themes throughout this collection of work range from cause and effect, to conditional interest, and our tendency to distance ourselves from those we perceive as “other,” or “less than.” The viewer is asked to consider what happens in their own shadow, and the scope of impact it has on neighbors near and far, on and beyond this little blue dot.

Hannah Moghbel grew up as a German-Iranian immigrant in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Art Education from Shepherd University in 2007. She explores themes of lust and feminine identity through large scale representational paintings.  She moved to Colorado Springs late 2014 to pursue an artist residency in her grandma’s basement and has since transitioned to painting in her boyfriend’s closet.

Says Moghbel, “All art is self portrait.  I began painting fruit as an undergrad.  The vision of lusty otherworldly tangerines came to me first, not unlike a dream.  It came on the eave of a struggle with infatuation.  My husband at the time, my former high school sweetheart, had developed a serious crush on a girl at work.  I, myself had always had crushes growing up, so I in part understood.  When our marriage ended my own tendency to hyper-focus on that sort of idealized perfection of the intangible came back with a vengeance.  I continued to paint through the years as I wrestled with the idea of lust and longing verses everyday love and the realities of having.  In the meanwhile I have fallen in love with the textures, colors, and luminescence of fruit.  The act of painting has become more about my own perfectionism, my obsession for detail, as well as a desire to create and to exist in my own little utopian bowl of cherries.”

June’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Reciprocity by Rodney Wood and Brett Andrus, plus Works on Paper



The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present June’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, June 5th, 2015 members of the Modbo Collective and guests will present Works on Paper in the Modbo, while “Reciprocity” by Rodney Wood and Brett Andrus premiers at SPQR.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through June, ending June 26th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

“RECIPROCITY”  Statement:

Brett Andrus and Rodney Wood first crossed paths as the result of Rodney’s first solo exhibition of his paintings at an early incarnation of The Modbo gallery. This led to more collaborations over the years as they developed not only a strong business relationship but also one of kindred art passion. After many years of shared art promotion and advocacy along with long-winded conversations/rants, Brett and Rodney found they share many similar opinions and ideals. Interestingly, they have never shown work together. “Reciprocity” has finally put an end to that drought. While their work has media in common, their “style” is quite different. That said, their work is similar in its use of the human form and enigmatic allegory. They both use their paintings to explore the unique and curious world of the human psyche. More mystery and query than answers, their work compels the viewer to interact with the pieces; be that intellectually, emotionally or spiritually. Simply put, Brett Andrus and Rodney Wood are not only art co-conspirators but also inspire each other’s artistic evolution and vision. “Reciprocity” offers an extraordinary opportunity for their work to be in a symbiotic environment that will that will allow others to participate in that magical process.


Rodney Wood’s artistic path? “What a long and strange trip” … it continues to be. As artist, educator, arts advocate/activist, he has worn many hats. His passions have been focused on making art and encouraging others to do so. He has taught art at all levels within various environments and disciplines. He has served on numerous art based boards and steering committees. For years, Rodney was the Director of the Business of Art Center and then the Director of Fine Arts at the State Fair. Currently, he is the founder, director and organizer of the art car festival, ArtoCade, in Trinidad, CO.  As an artist, his early focus was on 3D media such as jewelry/metalsmithing and sculpture. Photography has also been an active part of his repertoire. Just over ten years ago, Rodney’s art voice became painting. This shift has resulted in a long list of exhibitions and publications. His reputation has evolved with his work now being on display and collected internationally.

A Colorado native, Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at the Savannah School of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001.  Andrus divides his time between a career in the financial industry, co-ownership (with his wife Lauren) of the award-winning art galleries The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., directing and teaching art classes out of the galleries, working as a musician (in projects that include Waterbear, The Men of Deep Throat, Team Laser Wolf, and Headhum), and producing as a disciplined artist.  Over the last fifteen years, Andrus has exhibited his work in Santa Fe, Denver, Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Trinidad and Colorado Springs.  You can currently also see his work in a solo show at the Mike Wright gallery in Denver.


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Please join us for a night of music outside in the arts alley (or in the gallery, if it’s raining) at The Modbo and SPQR with local bands Waterbear and Eros and the Eschaton. Friday, May 29th, 8:30 pm. $5 suggested donation. The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, 80903. 633-4240.

From solo performances to band collaborations, Waterbear has been brought about through the intention to mix styles, genres, songwriting concepts and talent from different Colorado Springs musicians. United by the songwriting blue prints and vocal work of Kellie Palmblad, Water Bear creates and eclectic and unique sound with passion in the face of an ever changing platform of collaborators. In its current configuration, Waterbear also features the bass, keys, and vocals of Brett Andrus with percussion by Joel Brown.

Eros and the Eschaton is comprised of Kate Perdoni, Adam Hawkins, Alex Koshak, Daniel J. Eaton, and James R. Finch. Weaving magic into shoegaze pop, Eros and the Eschaton are like the proverbial feast before the battle, painting with broad, colorful strokes against an ever-changing backdrop. “Injecting romanticism into dreampop forms… that range from Beach House on a warm day to Jeff Buckley and Ben Gibbard-flavored electric folk” (The Indy), Eros and the Eschaton are making “exquisite dream-gaze that carries you through the cloudspheres of your youth and fills your lungs with the breath of your first love and favorite songs…” (Philip Pledger, Estrangers). Their debut album, recorded in Greensboro, is scheduled for release August 13 on Bar/None Records.

May’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: “Film Noir” by Phil Lear and “Remix” by Cymon Padilla



The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present May’s First Friday openings, from 5:30 until midnight on May 1st.  Live music by local quirky and irreverent piano duo Swelter and Burn at 9.  The Modbo will host “Film Noir” by Phil Lear, while S.P.Q.R. features “Remix” by Cymon Padilla. These shows will be open every Friday evening until May 29th.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903., 633-4240,

Acclaimed oil painter Phil Lear’s latest body of work is called “Film Noir.”  Says Lear, “The pieces I have are sort of set in a noir film– a dark, downbeat case of tension and foggy suspicion, hard-boiled anti-heroes, double-crosses and femmes fatales.”  Don’t miss this show– brooding, lovely and dark all in one.

Cymon Padilla’s newest opus exploits the medium of oil painting to blend scenes of every day life with references to art history and philosophy, creating a world that is fundamentally absurd, but not unlike our own.  This selection, “Remix,” includes a new oil painting technique and an exploration of new figurative territory, with a stronger focus on the human form from his previous work.

About the artists:

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.

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.

April’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Transition by Monique Viger and H2O by Jean Cuchiaro


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present April’s First Friday openings, from 5:30 until midnight on April 3rd.  The Modbo will host “Transition” by Monique Viger, while S.P.Q.R. features “H2O” by Jean Cuchiaro. These shows will be open every Friday evening until April 24th.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903., 633-4240.

Monique Viger is a member of the Modbo Collective and has studied under Brett Andrus for almost seven years at the ModboCo School of Art. Her work has been in galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and hair salons throughout the Pikes Peak Region and in Trinidad.  Monique had always wanted to paint, but ended up putting that wish on the back burner for many years. Instead, she focused her time and energy building a career as a hairstylist and raising her two children on her own after a divorce early in their childhood. After her kids were grown she realized that the time had come to focus on her own dreams. Several years ago she happened upon The Modbo Gallery one evening, and as she watched Brett Andrus paint she remembered that painting was, in fact, one of her long lost dreams and so began taking classes.  She has been studying under him ever since.

With Transition, Monique explores images and their relationship with light. These relationships include reflection, diffusion and overexposure.  She continues to be awe inspired by light as it envelopes form. Her work is going through a transformation in subject matter. The past few years she painted spotlight studies in trees. She is now moving towards the study of forms viewed through the interaction between light and particles in the atmosphere. She is also fascinated with overexposure created by direct light.

Jean Cuchiaro is a Colorado Springs native and graduated from the University of Colorado.   After a successful engineering career in microelectronics, she has effectively forged a new career creating art.  She has received atelier-training at the ModboCo School of Art and has taken additional art classes at the Art Students League of Denver.  Her paintings have been in numerous shows along the Colorado Front Range, and she has received multiple awards.

In H20, Jean strives to capture the colors, patterns and shapes in her surroundings through intense observation.  As a result, her oil paintings represent a unique and specific perspective of natural elements.  With her sketchbook and camera in hand, she gathers these images while hiking, biking, golfing or skiing.  Most recently, her paintings reflect her interest in capturing the colorful reflection patterns created on a water surface as well as discovering the objects that lie beneath.   Many of the images utilized for this exhibition are of creeks, rivers or ponds in Colorado Springs and Colorado’s Summit, Park, Pitkin and Lake Counties.

in/PLANES and Bluebook at The Modbo this Friday


Please join us for a night of music with in/PLANES and Bluebook at The Modbo on Friday, March 27th. Show at 8 pm, doors at 7 pm. $5. The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, 80903.  633-4240.

in/PLANES (for Planes of Existence) is a duo consisting of musical soulmates, Desirae Garcia (Bass/Ukulele/Vocals) and Inaiah Lujan (Guitar/Vocals), founders and core members of popular folk group The Haunted Windchimes. in/PLANES offers a different take and spin on American music, drawing influences from 50’s pop and doo-wop to the more modern chamber pop sound of the indy persuasion.

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present March’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, March 6th, 2015 Christian Medovich will present “Ungrievability” in the Modbo, while Elizabeth Selby’s “Food Porn” premiers at SPQR.  The work of these talented oil painters will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through March.  The opening reception will also have live music by Katey Sleeveless around 9 or so.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240.


March’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: “Ungrievability” by Christian Medovich and “Food Porn” by Elizabeth Selby


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present March’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, March 6th, 2015 Christian Medovich will present “Ungrievability” in the Modbo, while Elizabeth Selby’s “Food Porn” premiers at SPQR.  The work of these talented oil painters will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through March.  The opening reception will also have live music by Katey Sleeveless around 9 or so.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240.

In the Modbo:

Christian Medovich was born in New Jersey in 1973. Medovich works in oils as his primary medium. He studied theater and production design from Georgia Southern University. Medovich began his painting education through The Modbo under the instruction of Brett Andrus. Medovich has shown work at The Bridge Gallery and at SPQR.  In 2014, he was awarded  an honorable mention at the  2014 plein air festival in Victor, Colorado.

Regarding his show, Ungrievability, Medovich says, “My paintings are from images and photographs that have invoked a personal or emotional response. The ideas are cultivated, analyzed, and sewn together to provide a narrative. I am drawn to the human condition, the everyday and the unseen. The artists who inspire me are Antonio Mancini, Anders Zorn, Ilya Repin, and John Singer Sargent. I currently have had recurring thoughts on the struggles of those affected by terrorism and war outside our countries borders. The subject is the everyday, it is often unseen, yet I question my involvement to this human condition.”


Raised in southern Alabama, Elizabeth Selby has experimented with a myriad of creative mediums from an early age.  After studying counseling at The Master’s College, she now divides her time between being a wife, her work as a barista, and painting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  After a life long relationship with acrylics, she recently began painting with oils, becoming fascinated by the medium under the tutelage of Brett Andrus at the ModboCo School of Art.


Food Porn is a sensual, intimate look at how food welcomes and comforts us.  Instagram and Twitter have become a virtual Rolodex of savory treats, vibrant and tempting from our phone’s small screens.  The series is a gallery of guilty pleasures on an exaggerated scale, inspired by our obsession with the artificial and delicious.


The ModboCo moves back to The Modbo

Brett and Lauren are moving art classes from the Ivywild School back to The Modbo Gallery in central downtown Colorado Springs. After 17 months of operating at Ivywild School, we’ve decided the most pragmatic financial decision would be to re-consolidate our operations to their original downtown location, The Modbo Gallery. (The Gallery was home to classes for nearly five years before the move to Ivywild.)

We enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the growing and vibrant Ivywild community!

Art classes for both adults and children will still be held on a similar schedule, with adult classes in oil painting, drawing, and more on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Kids’ art classes will be held on Saturdays, and will cover introductory levels of art as well as drawing and painting. New classes begin on February 23rd for adults and February 28th for children. The class schedule will be announced within the week and posted at

Current classes will finish out in the Ivywild space.


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