Don Paris Schlotman with Swelter and Burn at The Modbo

Don Schlotman

Please join us for a great night of music with Don Paris Schlotman.  He’s on tour from Brooklyn, and he’s funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns.  Opening for Don is Swelter and Burn, Colorado Springs’ only risque and comedic piano duet band.  Just a $7-10 donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou.

Don Paris Schlotman

Funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns, Don Paris Schlotman is a Brooklyn-based musician. Most recently he is fronting a wavegaze rock duo called Dolphins Don’t Love on vocals and electric guitar.

Don was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays music the way some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future. Don makes art, plays and writes music, wrestles conundrums, falls down sometimes, and is a cat lady in training. The reports of his wizardry are greatly exaggerated, although he has been known to make things disappear at times, including but not limited to himself.

He’s played stages great and small, from NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Jam and Shibuya Milkyway, to local watering holes all over America.


Synth and bass with Brian Bonz & The Major Crimes

Bass player, vocals, and co-writer/co-founder of everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic rock band, The Sky Captains of Industry. They come from the future to save the rest of your heart.

Two awesome events in the next week or so!

PBR got rescheduled to this Saturday, the 23rd– ignore the date in the image!


Please join us for this short, informative mini-lecture taught by Brett Andrus. You may remember the image above (sans the PBR can) from most of the girls’ college dorm rooms you went into. Painted by John William Waterhouse in 1888, it is emblematic of the intriguing Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a mini art history lesson for just $10! Please reserve by emailing

And before then, on Thursday the 21st…


Join local singer-songwriter/performer Jeremy Facknitz as he releases his 4th solo album “All’s Well” on the unsuspecting citizens of Colorado Springs Thursday, 4/21/2016 at The Modbo. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm. $10 at the door gets you admission to the show and a CD or thumb drive of the album. Metered parking, or use the city lot on Cascade just north of Bijou for just $1. Beer and wine available for donation to those of age. Show open to all ages.

April’s First Friday!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present April’s First Friday on April 1st, 2016.  The Modbo will host a group photography exhibit featuring Tamera Goldsmith, Kristen Rodriguez, Brian Tryon, and James Van Hoy.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s Play Nice: The Conjoined Show, featuring twelve acclaimed Colorado Springs artists paired up, having created pieces in tandem.  Artists in this show chose to work together simultaneously, or by passing their pieces from one artist to the next.  You’ll see pieces by Brett Andrus and Elizabeth Selby, Phil Lear and Christian Medovich, Claire Swinford and Lupita Carrasco, Davoth and Cymon Padilla, Erin Jones and Jess Preble, and Holly Conlon and Jean Cuchiaro.  Both shows are open Fridays through April 29th.  The opening reception on April 1st will go from 5:30 pm til midnight and features music by Brian Elyo of mobdividual and Conor Bourgal.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Tamera Goldsmith first picked up a 35mm camera in 1985, and has been exploring her fascination with line, form and space ever since, lately making a return to shooting film. Her current work is shot using a Diana camera with a plastic lens. There is a nostalgic “snapshot” quality to the final product, taking the viewer back to the time when Polaroid or Kodak Instamatic cameras were the tools used to document life’s progression. Each roll of 120 film yields twelve photographs. The time frame from taking the photo to holding a finished print in one’s hands can be weeks, so the exercise of creating an image is very deliberate. Tamera challenges herself to make only one  photograph of any subject, so each roll of film comes back to her with twelve unique images and nothing repetitive – the opposite of cell phone camera culture.

Kristen Rodriguez is a self taught natural light photographer. Her obsession with photography began at age 13 when she picked up her first Minolta 35mm camera. Learning her craft in the mid 90s, prior to the digital photography age, afforded her the privilege of shooting on film and developing photos in a darkroom. It was the tangibility of film photography that first captured her heart. In recent years, Kristen has experimented with fusing her love of analog photography with digital technology, resulting in her recent Polaroid emulsion transfer work. In a world so obsessed with instant gratification, Rodriguez believes that it is vital to slow down and take the time to create meaningful images. Her work is a synthesis of several different styles, backgrounds and influences. Although her preferences and style evolve year to year, one thing remains constant; her work is an exploration of symmetry… Symmetry in all things, be it nature or human anatomy.  Her series “Linger” is a study of the female form in the soft light of morning. Of this series, Kristen states “There is something so beautifully fragile in the quiet moments we spend in bed each morning.” In these photographs, subtle gestures become visible manifestations of a reality hiding just beneath the surface.

Brian W. Tryon is a photographer/artist born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is a self-taught artist and photographer who is influenced by street art such as Keith Haring, Cincinnati artist Gabe Leonard, Diane Arbus, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Brian has exhibited at Go-See Art exhibition Venue, The Ivywild School, Kreuser Gallery, and The Cottonwood Center For The Arts. Brian lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and children.  Tryon’s photographs are a slideshow of the weird, wonderful and spiritual side not only of Colorado, but wherever his journey takes him. His love for photography and art brought him to this point of his art journey, and he feels he’s just beginning.  Black and white photography is his favorite to shoot. Street, portrait and anything he finds interesting are his photography subjects. Brian is also a freelance photographer.

Living in Colorado for 7 years, James Van Hoy has enjoyed the travel, environment and wonderful scenery here and throughout the southwest. Upon his semi-retirement as an electrical and electronic engineer, Jim began to seriously work on his photography by hanging around with other photographers and learning from them. And, taking lots of pictures! From this exhibit, one can see his interest in landscape and macro (close-up) photography. In addition, Jim began to experiment with adding texture layers and using digital filters to his work in order to add another dimension. Jim has won numerous awards in a number of shows here in Colorado, including two Best of Shows along with other place awards. More of his work can be seen on

March’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Lupita Carrasco and Jess Preble


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. happily present March’s First Friday, opening on March 4th, 2016.  Featuring Lupita Carrasco in The Modbo, with her new show “Paints Like a Girl (observations of the male experience) and artist Jess Preble in S.P.Q.R. with “First, Second and Third Person.”  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through March, ending March 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Jess Preble is a Colorado native who has spent time studying art in San Francisco, Austin and Colorado Springs. She creates her art in a neo-impressionistic fashion, portraying as much emotion as possible in each individual brush-stroke, and using a vignette of detail – leaving completion and emotional conclusion to the mind of the viewer.  About her new show, “First, Second and Third Person,” Preble says, “It  is a part of my story – moments I’ve reflected in, and while giving you my representation of the moments of others, asking you – the viewers – for the final perspective and interpretation.”

Preble believes that art is raw information, which should not be hard boiled and spoon-fed to the viewers. As the most honest form of communication, art requires a dialogue between the artist and audience – one that will differ with each person’s contemplation of a piece. She believes that using loose strokes, and bold implications lacking refinement allows this exchange to occur in an open and lasting manner.

Artist Lupita Carrasco creates a wide variety of work, from mixed media landscapes and haunting organic abstracts to portraits laced with symbolism. Her paintings are as rich in emotion as they are in detail and color. Even as a very young child she felt compelled to create as a coping mechanism for an often tumultuous upbringing. Over the years, Lupita has remained passionate about her art, always seeking out new knowledge from other artists and her own experimentation to better express her emotions, dreams and view of humanity through various mediums. Lupita’s vibrant Mexican culture and traditional Roman Catholic upbringing demand a strong presence in her paintings. Drawing her inspiration from the natural world, religion and social and political themes, her creative process revolves around her life’s desire to investigate and merge the images and themes that surround her literally and in her creative imagination.

Paints Like A Girl (observations of the male experience) is a continued exploration of societal expectations and labels placed on individuals based on age, gender, race and appearance. Carrasco spent some time talking to men about how they see themselves as opposed to how the world sees them, discussing their fears, strengths and things they identify with. Some of the images originated from selfies that caught the artist’s eye as perfect representations or expressions of their personalities. This collection of paintings is an intimate view of male vulnerability and strength, the essence of men Carrasco knows and encounters explored through the eyes, hands and heart of a woman.

A Mini-Class on Surrealism this Saturday, and New Kids Art Classes!

Please join us for the first in our new lecture series: Sound Smart at the Museum: SurREALism Style.  This mini-class, taught by Brett Andrus, will be a crash course in the surrealism movement.  Fun, short, cheap, and informative!  This Saturday, February 13th. 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. RSVP to the

Also, new kids art classes start this Saturday the 13th– please head on over here for more info!


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!!

small works 8 for web

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.


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