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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 themodbo.com, 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 http://www.downtowncs.com : “ 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. “

 

 

 


WAR!

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The Rubrittican Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historical Society of Ceralusia present “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia,” opening in the Arts Alley District on Friday, May 4th. This opening will take place at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. and goes from 5:30 pm until midnight. The show runs through Friday, June 1st.“Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” is an historical exploration of war; an opportunity to examine both human nature and the foibles of memory.


BOYS VS. GIRLS!! In the Arts Alley!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, are delighted to present a new opening, “Boys vs. Girls,” on Friday, August 12th, from 5:30 until late.  This exhibit will feature Trevor Thomas, Drew LiVigni, and Jeremy Grant in The Modbo and Jess Preble, Erin Jones, and Nina Peterson in S.P.Q.R.  Remember to cast your vote for the winner of Boys v. Girls!

The Boys in The Modbo

Drew LiVigni is primarily self taught and has worked with many types of media through the years. He is currently working in digital/mixed media.  His works are small narrative snapshots filled with nostalgia and whimsy.  Drew lives and works in Colorado Springs, is married to artist Lindsay Hand, and they are expecting their first child.

In college, Jeremy Grant began to collect pieces of junk and, drawing on his past 15 years of experience in art classes, began to assemble those found objects into wall-hanging sculptures. This means of restoring and redeeming the throw-away artifacts of society inspired him and, in this union of concept and form, Jeremy found his artistic niche. Seven years later, after receiving Bachelor degrees in Illustration and Graphic Design from John Brown University, Jeremy continues his restorative sculpture work as he plays a mild-mannered graphic designer by day and a fearless fine-artist by night. He seeks to restore the good faith of his neighbors, friends, and anyone else willing to engage with contemporary art through speaking about art in a way that is inclusive and easy to understand. Jeremy Grant’s sculpture has been featured in Colorado galleries, public spaces and online.

 Trevor Thomas is a representational painter and draftsman from Colorado Springs, CO. He is a recent graduate of Colorado College (2010) with a B.A. in fine art and is currently the apprentice to Eric Bransby on a mural commission for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center [projected to be completed in fall 2011]. Trevor is also represented as a collective member of the Modbo and SPQR in downtown Colorado Springs.

Trevor has a strong foundation in figurative drawing and painting. While at Colorado College, he devoted himself to studying the figure. This involved several study abroad programs, including a three monthfigure drawing intensive at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Locally, Trevor has studied the figure with Bogdan Swider, Chris Alvarez, and Eric Bransby.

Since November 2010, Trevor has worked along side Eric Bransby on the Fine Arts Center Mural. During this time, Trevor has established a profound understanding of the figure and wall painting. Under Eric’s tutelage, Trevor is learning fresco painting practices and figure drawing intricacies. Upon completion of the mural, Trevor has aspirations to earn an MFA in painting.

The Girls at S.P.Q.R.

Nina Peterson, a member of The Modbo Collective, recently graduated from UCCS with a degree in Art History.  She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Art History as well. Her current work attempts to identify and dismantle gender stereotypes by redefining traditional gender roles and reappropriating the female nude.  The usage of two disparate mediums, paint and ball point pen, allows Nina to explore control in relation to both gender and artistic relationships. However, aesthetics are paramount to her finished work as she finds her subject matter – nude women or mutilated rabbit maxillae – to be beautiful.  Nina spends many hours sunbathing in her studio as she works under the adoring gaze of her most supportive and fluffiest fan, Fat Cat Bobby.

Erin Jones, 20, is an emerging artist native to Colorado Springs. Her role in the community started in 2003 with the non-profit youth art organization, Futureself, where she dove into countless art mediums as a student, volunteer, assistant, and teacher. She gained success in high school with enrollment into AP and IB art classes, a paid internship at the Smokebrush Foundation of the Arts, and participation in many juried art exhibitions such as Wunderkind, Scholastics, and the Young Peoples Art Exhibitions. Since then, Erin has shifted her attention to a new-found love of oil painting. With a primary focus in portraiture and figurative studies, she is inspired by the opportunity to capture one’s story by depicting scenarios just outside of reality. Erin is eager to continue creating a body of work to show in galleries across the state and country.

Jess Preble, 23, is a native Colorado artist who has spent time studying fine art and painting independently in multiple cities in Colorado as well as in San Francisco.  She currently attends Pikes Peak Community College in the Associates of Arts program. Jess has become integrated in the local artistic community recently in hopes of strengthening the presence of all forms of tactile, visual and sensory emotive expression. She is the newest member of The Modbo Collective.  Jess works full time as a figure model for various art studios and galleries, as playing muse for another seems just as pertinent as finding them for herself.  The juxtaposition of experience and personally subjective interpretation of provoked external influence has culminated in her current series of misfit portraits and cityscapes.


New Exhibitions in the Arts Alley District

The Arts Alley District, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., are delighted to present two new shows opening March 11th, 2011.  The Modbo will feature Picture Postcards, a solo show by Lindsay Hand.  S.P.Q.R. will house Young Hot Sh*ts 2, an exhibit of seven local artists all under the age of 22.  Opening receptions begin at 5:30 pm on March 11th and continue until midnight.  The show runs through Friday, April 1st.

Lindsay Hand’s latest body of work, Picture Postcards, was inspired by two albums of photographs that she found at a thrift store.  Packed with photos and carefully assembled, the albums held images from the early 40s to early 50s.  Hand was moved by the images, the owner of which she was never able to ascertain. Picture Postcards is the result of living in the album owner’s world for a little while and exploring the mystery of their identity.

Lindsay Hand is an artist living and working in Colorado Springs, and is currently a member of The Modbo Collective.  Although predominantly self taught, Hand considers with gratitude a great number of friends, peers and mentors among her teachers.  The past two years have been dedicated to oil painting after a brief study at the Art Students League of Denver under Joshua Falik in 2008.  Using a muted color palate inspired by the Old Masters, Hand’s subjects include portraiture, mid-twentieth century images reinterpreted or delving deeper into that obsession with generations past, taking inspiration from the forgotten snapshots that persons unknown have left behind and a series of pieces featuring her own family’s history.  A strong believer in the healing power of art, Hand has been a volunteer, teacher and facilitator since 2005 with the nonprofit organization, FutureSelf, which invites transformation through the Arts to the youth of Colorado Springs.

This year’s Young Hot Sh*ts, showing in S.P.Q.R., introduces 7 great young artists to the Colorado Springs art community. Adam Dickerson is a 21 year old Art Studio major at Colorado College.  He is a Colorado Springs native whose mother is a professional portrait artist.  Siara Gray is a 21 year old Colorado Springs native.  She is working towards her BFA with an emphasis in painting at Denver Metro.  Jess Preble is a 22 year old Colorado native.  She is studying at Pikes Peak Community College and is enjoys delving into the texture of painting.  Erin Jones is a 20 year old Colorado Springs native.  Her parents are both artists, and Erin has been a part of FutureSelf for the past 8 years as both a participant and teacher. Nina Peterson is 21 and a member of The Modbo Collective.  She is studying art history at UCCS.  She has shown her signature ballpoint pen pieces to great acclaim.  Caitlin Goebel is a 21 year old Colorado Springs native who has shown in numerous places and is currently a co-owner at Closed Gallery in Denver.  Logan Bartlett is a 21 year old Colorado Springs native.  He considers Bill Waterson to be one of his inspirations and has shown at Nocturnal Mockery among other places.