Art Classes

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.

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

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

feb 2013 show card

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. “




August Arts Alley Openings: Holly Parker Dearborn’s “Fog of War” and Works by Roy Linton


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley, announce August’s first Friday art openings.  Holly Parker Dearborn will show “Fog of War” in the Modbo, while Denver artist Roy Linton displays his work at S.P.Q.R.  The opening reception is from 5:30 til midnight on Friday, August 2nd, and the show runs through Friday, August 30th.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou Street, and can be reached at,, or 719-633-4240.

About Holly Parker Dearborn:

Holly Parker Dearborn received her MFA from American University in Italy and Washington DC (’06), where she was awarded the American University Graduate Assistant Scholarship and the Mellon Fund Graduate Research Grant. In 2007, Holly won “Best Local Exhibition” award by the Pikes Peak Arts Council for her creation of the “Hot Off the Press” Colorado printmakers invitational at the Business of Art Center, and was responsible for curating many other award-winning exhibitions and programming

for various arts organizations.  Holly is a Colorado native who served in the Colorado Springs art community for a number of years. Among other graphic design and advertising director positions, she spent over eight years in management for the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts as the Executive Director & Curator.  Holly currently serves as the Independent Curator for the new Ivywild School project, is a member of the Museum Committee of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and continues to build her studio career.  See more of Holly’s work at:

“Fog of War” is Holly’s first local, solo exhibition of work from her Active Ingredients Series; a body of work featuring the active ingredients of Used Motor Oil & Earth combined as a conceptual painting medium to create dramatically ambiguous landscapes based on “battlefields”. A number of works from this series were featured

in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s “Colorado Springs Abstract” exhibition in 2009, as well as at the American University Museum and Prada Gallery in Washington D.C.

In the Modbo exhibition, Holly will also include several new works from the Active Ingredients Series, as well as a sub-series of sculptures from the Active Ingredients suite called WMDs.  Like the counterpart paintings in this series, the WMDs are crafted from Used Motor Oil & Earth and include embedded objects.  Each WMD is accompanied by an X-Ray photograph to reveal its contents.  These works presciently serve as a commentary on the power of nuclear technology to both detect and destroy. Additionally, hinting to the myriad ways that invasive surveillance impacts our daily existence.

About Roy Linton:

It’s the summer of 1969– Jimi Hendrix is refining the Star Spangled Banner.  Roy Linton and Roy Funnell are silk screening mischievous and satirical posters, first for events at their alma mater, Palmer High School, and then beyond– reflecting the values and attitudes of the late 20th century.  Expanding beyond Hobbit Hole Posters, Roy Linton created numerous collages, some consuming 30 years to complete.  Says Linton, “They are like viewing a movie all at once; only you can take your time to watch what you want when you want to.”  Roy Funnell passed away in 2012; Roy Linton carries on in Denver promoting the philosophies and entertainment that started with the novel beginnings of Hobbit Hole Posters.

Introducing The ModboCo, a new school of art at Ivywild!


The Modbo, an award-winning art gallery in downtown Colorado Springs, announces its newest venture: The ModboCo, a school for the arts located at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs. Classes will begin in August, and more information is available by contacting Lauren Andrus at 719.633.4240,, or at

The ModboCo serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to those who seek to learn about art. An expansion of The Modbo’s popular art classes, the ModboCo will offer classes for adults, children, youth-at-risk, home-schooled students, and more! Occasional weekend workshops on subjects ranging from film to encaustic to community-minded arts projects also will be offered. Students can count on teachers with a wide variety of experience and knowledge, who create their own work with integrity, and seek to share their methods with others. As learners of all ages and skill levels, students can depend on a focused, but fun, process, leading to real-world skills and abilities in the subject of their choice.

The Modbo was founded in 2009, with the mission of bringing joy to those who collaborate in the arts. For the past four years, owners Brett and Lauren Andrus have done just that– providing monthly art openings, art classes, musical concerts of all genres, performances of all kinds, and poetry readings. A second gallery, S.P.Q.R., was added in 2010, expanding the offerings to an eager public. Both galleries have won a myriad of Best Of the Springs awards from both The Gazette and The Independent for Best Galleries, Best Place to Buy Art, Best Place to See Emerging Artists, and more.

The classes in particular have been very popular. Taught by Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Brett Andrus on a variety of subjects from drawing to oil painting, classes have exceeded capacity in many instances. ModboCo at Ivywild will accommodate a larger number of students and a variety of teachers; ModboCo also will collaborate with many other individuals and organizations in the Ivywild complex, such as Millibo Art Theatre. The original Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries will continue offering high-quality exhibits and performances.

The ModboCo is a non-profit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

You need art, art needs you.


Brett and Lauren Andrus

P.S. On a more personal note, Brett and Lauren would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support and patronage over the years.  Your participation makes all the difference!  Thank you, thank you!


The Modbo announces a call for artists for its newest juried show, “The Figure, Form, and Decay.” Pieces may speak to any aspect, or combined aspects, of the show’s title. Submissions in all media are welcome. Drop-off and will occur between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, September 2nd at The Modbo, 17c East Bijou. Pieces must be wired and ready to hang, complete with screw eyes or d-rings. There will be an $8 fee per piece submitted to jurying. Questions? Email or leave a message at 633-4240.

Be Creative, and take advantage of this opportunity.

Dr. Sketchy’s is Back!!

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, and it’s better than ever, on Sunday, March 4th! This month’s model is Gezelle Za Belle. Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served! Plus, we have special prizes from Zodiac and more!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring some first Sundays from 6:30-8:00 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, March 4th. A strongly suggested $12 donation. An open figure drawing session with a serious twist. The Modbo, 17C East Bijou.

The Modbo is pleased as punch to announce that is now an official branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and in partnership with our local burlesque troupe, Peaks and Pasties. Dr. Sketchy’s is an open figure drawing session with a twist— the models are burlesque dancers and the atmosphere is not exactly what you’d expect from a traditional art class.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement and quite possibly the coolest art class you’ll ever go to. Every month, over 3,500 people gather in nearly a hundred cities. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn by two artists. You absolutely do not need to be an artist to attend this event. For more information on Dr. Sketchy’s, go to For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at .

This month’s session features a special afterparty—starting at 9 pm, Leonhardt and Antique Scream will be performing, all the way from Seattle! Add local favorites The Men of Deep Throat into the mix, and you’ve got one helluva night! Just $5 for those who attend Dr. Sketchy’s as well!

New Classes!

The Modbo is delighted to announce its newest round of art classes. Are you ready to try your hand at something new or expand upon your artistic experience? These fun classes draw a great, eclectic mix of students and take place in the coolest, most eclectic possible art studio environment, downtown in the Alley Arts District. Don’t miss your chance to get a space in these very popular classes! Space is very limited, so please reserve your space by emailing as soon as possible.

On Monday nights, beginning January 30th, The Modbo will offer an Intro to Drawing class. The class will run for ten sessions, and each class goes from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. $135 with a $10 model fee.

Also on Monday nights, beginning January 30th, The Modbo will offer an Intro to Oil Painting class. This class is ten sessions long and goes from7:30 pm until 9 pm. $135 with a $10 model fee.

On Tuesday nights, beginning January 31st, The Modbo will offer a Materials and Technique class. *Brand New!* This class is ten sessions long and goes from 5:30 pm until 7 pm. $150 with a $10 model fee (includes some materials). This class intends to broaden your artistic horizons– instruction will be provided for the utilization of four to five separate media. Some experience preferred—please contact to determine eligibility.

On Tuesday nights, beginning January 31st, The Modbo will offer an Advanced Oil Painting class. This class is ten sessions long and goes from 7:30 pm until 9 pm. $135 with a $10 model fee. A strong foundation in oil painting is required. Please contact to determine eligibility.

We got Golds in the Indy Best Of 2011′

A big thank you to all that voted for us this year in the annual Colorado Springs Indy Best Of.

We won Three Golds! 

1) Best Gallery

2) Best Place to See Emerging Artists

3) Best Place To Buy Art

and our own Brett Andrus took Silver for Best Artist.  We are happy, fell really good! Thank you for the support

Here is the right up from the Indy:

Place to Buy Art
Place to See Emerging Artists

The Modbo

(17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240,

It’s your basic downtown alley: potholes, trash bins, graffiti … until you get to the end that’s home to the Modbo and its companion gallery, S.P.Q.R.

That’s where, most weekends, owners Brett and Lauren Andrus pack so much art and music into the tiny buildings that colors and sounds just have to spill out into the alley.

And you, dear culture-loving readers, love to partake of the smorgasbord they offer. A recent “weeklyish” e-mail blast previewed art shows in each gallery, live music and a theater production, plus an art show Lauren helped curate for Ormao Dance Company — all in the space of about nine days. Brett also curates art exhibits for four other venues around town.

It’s worth noting that both Andruses have other jobs: She’s a piano accompanist; he’s a mortgage loan officer by day, and a painter and painting teacher by night.

Where do they get the energy? It helps that they’re still young: Lauren is 29, Brett is 33. But much of it is simply fueled by a love for and belief in the work they do.

“I just really have a passion for art and feel the necessity to encourage people,” Brett says. “It’s really cool, too, because we’re seeing people doing more collecting.”

They started Modbo in summer 2009 and S.P.Q.R. in late 2010, and the galleries are already “pretty self-sustaining,” he says. They may never get wealthy pursuing this dream, but they’re richly rewarded when they see a classical music aficionado standing next to a Mohawked kid at a concert, or when they watch people fall in love with a painting and realize they can afford it.

“We undeniably feel great about what we’re doing,” Lauren says. “I feel that, whenever one of us feels crappy about how things are going, we’ll buoy each other up.”

Adds Brett with a laugh: “I think we’re both bull-headed enough to make it work.” — RVP


New Round of Art Classes at the Modbo

The Modbo is excited to announce its next round of art classes—Four whole new classes this time!  Have you been wanting to try your hand at something new or expand upon your artistic experience?  These fun classes draw a great, eclectic mix of students and take place in the coolest possible art studio environment, downtown in the Alley Arts District. Don’t miss your chance to get a space in these very popular classes!  Space is very limited, so please reserve your space by emailing as soon as possible.

On Monday nights, beginning July 25th, The Modbo will offer an Intermediate Oil Painting Class taught by Brett Andrus.  The class will run for ten sessions, and each class goes from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.  $135 with a $10 model fee.  Some oil painting experience is required for this class; please contact to determine the most appropriate level for you.

Also on Monday nights, beginning July 25th, The Modbo will offer an Introduction to Oil Painting Class, taught by Brett Andrus.  This class is ten sessions long and goes from7:30 pm until 9 pm.  $135 with a $10 model fee.  No experience required.

On Tuesday nights, beginning July 26th, The Modbo will offer an Advanced Oil Painting Class, taught by Brett Andrus.  This class is ten sessions long and goes from 5:30 pm until 7 pm.  $125 with a $10 model fee.  A strong foundation in oil painting is required.

On Tuesday nights, beginning July 26th, The Modbo will offer an Introduction to Drawing Class.  This class is ten sessions long and goes from 7:30 pm until 9 pm.  $125 with a $10 model fee.  No experience required.

About the teacher:

Brett Andrus is a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and a co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  Having shown along both the Front Range and the East Coast, he is now an active member of The Modbo Collective and has a solo show in May.  Andrus curates both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. as well as several satellite restaurants and bars in the Colorado Springs area.  He has been teaching drawing and painting classes out of The Modbo for over two years.