February’s First Friday: the surREALism exhibition, plus a mini class!



The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present The surREALism Exhibition, a new show of breathtaking art by local artists opening on February 5th, 2016.  Featuring: Sean O’Meallie, Andy Tirado, Rodney Wood, Catherine Porter-Brown, Davoth, Brett Andrus, Tom Vail, Lindsay Hand, Cymon Padilla, Clive Nyles, and Lauren Ciborowski.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through February,  ending February 26th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

“I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.” ― André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism

Breton published his Manifeste du surréalisme in 1924, signaling the beginning of an artistic realm. The award winning artists The Modbo presents in this show may not consider themselves to technically be surrealists, but their work invites the viewer to access the subconscious. We invite you to wade in and experience a different world in this once-in-a-lifetime, all star exhibition.

Additionally, please join us for the first in our new lecture series: Sound Smart at the Museum: SurREALism Style. Saturday, February 13th. 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. RSVP to the

Modbo’s December Hours and the Ho Ho!

Wednesday, 12.9.15, come see Small Works from 5 pm til 8 pm as part of the Downtown Holiday Stroll!
Friday, 12.11.15, come see Small Works from 5:30 pm til 9ish!
Saturday, 12.12.15, come see Small Works from noon til 5 pm!
Friday, 12.18.15, come see Small Works from 5:30 til 9ish.
Saturday, 12.19.15, The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret!
Wednesday, 12.23.15, come shop Small Works on Xmas eve eve, 5:30-7:30 pm.

The Modbo Ho Ho is here…


The Modbo naughtily  presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Friday, December 19th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Claire Anderson, Lauren Ciborowski Andrus, and Solveig Olsen as well as many other guests for this naughty performance that will surely augment your holiday cheer! Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  $10-$12 strongly suggested donation. Seating is limited, and is first come, first served. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or

Now in its sixth year, The Modbo Ho Ho is an irreverent and festive romp through the holidays, including songs both earnest and tawdry, some dance of varying (and occasionally dubious) natures, and the odd skit here and there. We’d list the performers, but none of them want to get in trouble with their jobs.  It’s that kind of show.


Coming December 4th, it’s Small Works 8!!

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The Modbo jovially presents Small Works 8!  This amazing show features over 300 pieces of art by nearly 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works 8 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.  Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 4th.  The show runs through Friday, January 8th.  The galleries are open on every Friday night at 5:30, with additional hours throughout the holiday season– check facebook or for more information.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240,


Small Works Call for Artists on Saturday the 21st!


The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 8.

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang (two screw eyes or two D-rings).

The show will open on Friday, December 4th in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.

Questions? Email .

First Friday and a Show on Saturday!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present November’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, November 6th, 2015, art-goers can see “A Brush with Nature” by Deb Komitor in The Modbo, and “May I Be Your Oppressor?” by Davoth in SPQR.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through November,  ending November 20th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Deb Komitor developed her love of the deep woods while growing up in Ohio. After studying painting at Columbus College of Art and Design she came to Colorado to receive her MFA at  Colorado State University. It was there that she realized she had found her heart’s home in the  mountains. In 1996 she moved to Colorado Springs.

A constant thread throughout her art career has been expressing the emotions conveyed in  nature. One feels the energy in each brushstroke as her paintings evoke both the force and  serenity in nature. You are not just drawn into Komitors paintings; they come out and get you. Her decision to portray these works in an almost pixelated fashion asks the viewer to take a step back in order to see her works fully realized. This, in turn, draws you in and keeps you there while her warm interpretations make you stay and take in the details. Her paintings seem  alive.  “I want my paintings to bring the viewer back to nature. I want them to slow your breath, clear your mind, and ease you into quiet peace.”

You can find more about Deb’s work at

Near the end of the last century, Davoth almost accidentally found himself beginning to make art to be viewed by the society he felt so amused by. He set out with his naivety and guidance from monolithic mentors, finally having a platform from which he could spew his myriad ideas. Over the years, before and since, he felt his way along using various materials and ideological approaches, through sculpted objects, photography, paint, pencil and craft, and along the way, also found a way to access parts of himself and found a voice, using often darkly clouded humor as a conveyance to portray topics and absurdities. An observer first, his deep respect for those who create original, masterful ideas, objects and lifestyles, compels him to seek creativity before technique and concept before beauty, seeing all these things and more as important to the process. He endeavors to never lose a drive to search for new ways of seeing or thinking and an endless quest for adventure, artistic or experiential. Davoth has been in Colorado since 1996. He creates original art and furniture (The Splinter Project) in his home studio in Denver, CO since 2009.

Of his show, Davoth says: “Being of reasonably sound mind and moderate functionality, I am often and deeply affected by the events of our modern world. We seem to be progressing as quickly toward a hopeful future as we are toward our self-inflicted demise. These dualistic perceptions on existence call on art to become my therapist and ridiculous friend, at the same time becoming my demanding master. Even the act of art creation leaves me conflicted. Does art matter? Does my art matter? Is it meaningless? How much is driven by my own ego? My goal is to provide artwork that brings up topics of discussion, vague to acute, while still leaving the viewer room for individual  outcomes. And although darkness is present in my work, I hope to get to that stupid place with at least a mischievous grin.”

Kristina whisper show

The Modbo is delighted to present comedian and writer Kristina Hall in a one-woman show, “Some Things Can’t Be Whispered,” on Saturday, November 7th.  Comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn will open.  Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm, adults only please– this show will be irreverent, poignant, and salty in the best way possible.  Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance (, or $20 at the door.  Limited seating, so buying in advance is highly encouraged.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.  More info at, by emailing, or by leaving a message at 633-4240.

Formerly a denizen of Colorado Springs, Kristina Hall now works as a writer, coach, and performer in the Denver area.  She began her comedy career in 1986 and has appeared in nationally televised comedy shows on PBS, the Comedy Channel, FOX (ironically) and Showtime. Additionally, Kristina has performed a gazillion times nationally in clubs, colleges, theaters, art galleries, bars, bowling alleys, and other venues best forgotten. Except for The Modbo.  That’s an art gallery she performed in once that she’d like to remember forever.  Fondly.  Kristina went on to earn a degree in creative writing at Colorado College, and she has written and performed solo shows such as: When My Father Died and Other Ordinary Tales and In Pursuit of Cheese.

When We Knew Everything at The Modbo

Please join us for a very special event this Thursday at 7 pm at The Modbo! Just $12, benefitting Inside/Out Youth Services! Hear community members read embarrassing thoughts from their adolescent diaries, all for an amazing cause.



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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