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

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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 themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

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.

About “THE HOLLOW MEN and the FINE ART of DETRACTION”:

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.)


New Exhibition in the Arts Alley

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present an art opening on Friday, July 6th, featuring works by Trevor W. Thomas and Jess Preble in The Modbo and by Troy DeRose and Jeremy Grant in S.P.Q.R.  The opening reception for this show is at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 6th, and goes until midnight.  There will be live music by The Good Morning Accordion Terrorist at 9 pm on opening night.  The galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, and can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, 633-4240, or online at http://www.themodbo.com.

Trevor W. Thomas is an artist based out of Colorado Springs. Trevor has a strong background in figurative work, having studied in Italy, Spain and Sweden during his college studies. Through his schooling and
travels, Trevor has studied under artists including Eric Bransby, Charles Cecil, Chris Alvarez, Bogdan Swider, and Sparky LeBold. After graduating from Colorado College in 2010, Trevor worked alongside Eric
Bransby for 18 months on a mural for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. With a passion for historical narrative and figurative painting, Trevor currently is working with local institutions and business ventures to create more significant murals in Colorado Springs.  He is also a member of the Modbo Collective.

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.  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 as a figure model for various art studios and galleries, as playing muse for another seems just as pertinent as finding them for herself.

Troy DeRose is one of the original members of the Modbo Collective. He is an artist/graphic designer living in Colorado Springs where he and his wife Sara own Fixer Creative Co., a boutique studio that provides design and writing creative services for businesses and organizations. Fixer Creative was recently selected
as the designers for the new Colorado Springs logo, which was unveiled this spring.  Says DeRose, “There are times when artists have guiding principles, explorations or grandiose themes, and then there are times when we just need to relax, have fun and create work. This body of work is just that. This is me working in a medium that I love, with images that I find compelling, crafting a response that I think is beautiful.”

Jeremy Grant works in the medium of found object assemblage, and is following the theme of redemption. Redemption is that act of finding or revealing the full worth of something; and worth is often found in unexpected places. The teachings of Jesus show that God finds value in every person no matter how cast-off, messed up or just plain ordinary. Exploring that same idea, Jeremy Grant finds beauty and creates worth in cast-off objects, reclaimed wood and old photographs. Using these found-objects, and the associations that come with them, he creates stories and elevates the ordinary.

P.S. Jeremy Grant and Troy DeRose are among the designers at Wild Fire Tees, http://www.wildfiretees.com.  The profits from these shirts get donated to Care and Share, Colorado Red Cross, Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, and Immediate Local Wildfire Relief.  Congrats, Jeremy and Troy, on this wildly successful, charitable effort!


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.


New Exhibition in the Arts Alley

Please join The Arts Alley District—The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.—for its newest art opening! Our +1 Monochromatic Show opens on Friday, September 9th, at 5:30 pm. In the Modbo,  look for monochromatic works by members of The Modbo Collective. In S.P.Q.R., you can find monochromatic works by community members who were selected through a jurying process with jurors Rodney Wood, Lorelei Beckstrom, and Brett Andrus.

The opening reception will feature live music by Paul Riola’s Cellar Door!

Modbo Collective members represented include: Lorelei Beckstrom, Trevor Thomas, Troy DeRose, Brett Andrus, Phil Lear, Jess Preble, and Nina Peterson. In S.P.Q.R., look for 29 community artists such as Sean O’Meallie, Phil Vallejo, up-and-coming artists Dave Tweedy, Monique Viger, and more!


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.