Douglas Rouse

June’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Heather Bingham, Sarah Tenney, and The Modbo turns SEVEN!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present June’s First Friday on June 3rd, 2016.  The Modbo features a show celebrating The Modbo’s 7th birthday, featuring: Brett Andrus, Lorelei Beckstrom, Shannon Dunn, Lindsay Hand, Phil Lear, Christian Medovich, Cymon Padilla, Jess Preble, Troy De Rose, Doug Rouse, Elizabeth Selby, and Monique Viger.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “THE HOLLOW MEN and the FINE ART of DETRACTION” by Heather Bingham and “Post-Partum”by Sarah Tenney.  Both shows are open Fridays through June 24th.  The opening reception on June 3rd will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  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

The Modbo was founded in June of 2009 by Brett Andrus and Lauren Ciborowski.  They opened a second neighboring gallery, S.P.Q.R., shortly thereafter.  Now, hundreds of shows later, the galleries are proud to still be serving the artists, buyers, and arts scene of Colorado Springs.  Andrus serves as the spaces’ creative director and curator, and teaches the many art classes held there while Ciborowski provides program management, administration, and PR functions.  They are delighted to have stuck it out this long, and thank their many generous and supportive buyers and artists for their loyalty over the years.

About Heather Bingham:

In 2004 Heather completed her BA in Fine Art at UCCS, and since then she has shown art in Washington DC, Colorado Springs, and Denver.  She has also painted murals for the residents of Cedar Springs Hospital, and enjoys painting portraits, commissions, and her own creations.

Now a full time artist, she and her husband Dustin reside in downtown Colorado Springs with two sweet old dogs, Mazzy and Tesla.  They enjoy backpacking, snowshoeing, and a quiet life filled with family and friends.  Heather is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to show art alongside her friend Sarah Tenney.  Sarah was the first friend Heather made when she moved to Colorado in 1999 and has been an important part of her life ever since.


In the many years between college and her pursuit of a career in art, Heather worked in offices.  She loved office work, but the interactions of people in workplaces disturbed her.  What bothered her most was her own willing participation in the act of detraction.  In the Catechism of the Catholic Faith the word detraction is used to describe the act of disclosing another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them.  Very often she would find herself drawing empty suits next to her notes during meetings.

Although her styles are varied, there is a consistent theme in her artistic endeavors: to express emotional concepts and experiences through distortion and abstraction of figures and landscapes.  Eventually, the suits found themselves standing in Heather’s landscapes, using tools of golf as their implements of destruction.   The ridiculous scenes and the muted cool palette of the paintings are a deliberate choice to reflect the peaceful and rather silly attitude which she has adopted towards her past office life.  The titles are references to various business colloquialisms and slang. By the final pieces, in which the figures are alone, the artist wishes to convey the joy and peace of escaping the oppressive atmosphere of detraction.

The title of the show is a reference to T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”

About Sarah Tenney:

A born dreamer, Sarah grew up inventing and illustrating stories. In high school her friend and fellow artist Heather Bingham introduced Sarah to the world of painting and a passion was born.  Sarah completed her BFA in painting from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2006.  Since then she has displayed in over 30 exhibits in galleries, alternative spaces, and art fairs in Colorado.  Her work is in personal collections across the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Sarah enjoys travel by train, her zoo membership, leisurely bike rides, and banter with her witty husband. They live in Denver with their precocious son and two personable cats.

About “Post-Partum”:

Through the artist’s life-changing experience as a new parent comes a deeply intimate series of paintings regarding awe, fear, bravery, and the sad prospect of pipe dreams.  Metaphorical animals combined with raw self-portraiture and Front Range landscapes depict narratives about fighting depression, loss of confidence, and regaining inner strength.  With light-handed application, the artist uses a warm, earthy palette to convey a thinness of skin and vulnerability.  Apparent confrontations indicate a growing reality of personal fortitude and vitality, not aggression, fighting to make a subsequent postpartum experience different. (The artist is due with her second child on June 2, 2016.)

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

November’s New Exhibition

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Alley Arts District, are pleased to present a new art opening on Friday, November 11th, 2011. The Modbo will host work by Marc Huebert and Clive Nyles, while husband and wife team Douglas and Mallori Rouse will present “6 Years of Ink” on the walls of S.P.Q.R. The opening will go from 5:30 pm until midnight on 11.11.11, and the show will run through Friday, December 2nd. The galleries are located at 17B and 17C East Bijou in Colorado Springs. Info at or 719.633.4240.

At S.P.Q.R., viewers will be treated to “6 Years of Ink,” a show by Douglas and Mallori Rouse that celebrate moments and memories of the INKQB8TOR. The INKQB8TOR, sometimes referred to as the INK, is a large warehouse studio/art space originally occupied and created by Timber Kirwan and Douglas Rouse in the spring of 2005.

The INKQB8TOR has been both an art studio and a gathering place for like-mindeds to play together and let their souls be free. It has hosted a number of memorable parties, a ton of art, and the 3-day “Let’s Make a Deal” event which brought together a phenomenal group of artists and performers in a whole new setting of selling art. Since the death of Timber and the union of Douglas Rouse and Mallori Meyer, the INKQB8TOR has become a man-and-wife project, mainly for the incubation and production of artwork and community art projects. Just yards from the railroad tracks, facing Pikes Peak, the inspiration that this space has given us is magical. This show celebrates some of that magic.

Douglas Rouse, now a 10-year resident of Colorado Springs (the longest he’s ever stayed in one spot), is a professional artist specializing in mural painting, live speed painting, trompe l’oeil, and 3D chalk art. He considers himself a contemporary artist when it comes to works on canvas and usually enjoys working large. This show, however, inspired by the recent monochromatic exhibition at the Modbo, is “smaller and more accessible,” according to the artist. Rouse is also creator of the 12 Mural Project and recently completed the mural on the Warehouse Restaurant building and at the Corepower Yoga Nevada studio. Visit for a complete portfolio and to find out more about upcoming projects. Says Douglas, “I am able to thrive in Colorado because my community believes in me. Thank you Colorado Springs.”

Mallori Rouse was born in Colorado Springs and currently resides here as well. She began painting at an early age at the FAC and in school, thanks to her wonderful elementary art teacher. While living in New Zealand she realized her passion for painting and began exploring the art form with deeper expression. Her latest series of paintings is a style she refers to as “vibrating with life”. Mallori’s work was most recently seen at a duo show at A Call to Life and Dine & D’Art fundraiser for ArtReach in Denver.


The Modbo is delighted to host talented local artist Marc Huebert in conjunction with Clive Nyles, a Georgia-based artist.

Marc Huebert is a Colorado Springs artist whose work invokes multiple ideas. He is interested in advancing his technique, but can’t quite shake the childlike joy of random gesture dictating the content. Maybe someday. He graduated from UCCS in 2004 and also studied at UC Boulder and at Bard College in the 90s. He lives on the westside of Colorado Springs where he skateboards, paints, and raises his two kiddos. He also loves rainy days, long walks on the beach and rambling on for days about his feelings.

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. He is thrilled to have his first show in the west, having recently shown in galleries in the southeast where he won several awards for his unique abstract works. Nyles draws from such influences as Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. Nyles’ large, non-objective compositions strive to inspire contemplation.


New Show by Douglas Rouse

“Steam Punk Paraphernalia and the Attack of the Dinosaur”

 With recent work from

Holly Garlow

The runs through the month of September.  Don’t miss it