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Lindsay Hand

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.)


Breaking Out The Big Guns

The Modbo and SPQR present October’s Arts Alley Openings.  The Modbo will contain Stardust, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lindsay Hand, while SPQR hosts collective member Phil Lear and Christian Medovich.  The opening reception is Friday, October 4th, between 5:30 pm and midnight.  The show runs through Friday, October 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 719.633.4240.  themodbo.com. themodbo@gmail.com

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Stardust, Lindsay Hand’s most recent body of work, is a collection of twelve figurative oil paintings dripping, raw and loose in their rendition. The ethereal reference of stardust is brought into play with sparkling, stark white stars surrounded by earth tones and accented with pops of color. Works, deconstructed through technique and color, reveal layers in process and concept, all together resulting in an exhibit sweet and honest in its portrayal of life’s moments.

Lindsay Hand, born and raised in Colorado Springs, has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state, beginning with Wunderkind 2001 at the BAC and most recently at The Modbo for the past 4 years consecutively. Her most recent body of work, “Stardust”, will open October 4th at The Modbo. Hand was nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Best Visual Artist 2012 and is featured in Studio Visit Magazine in 2013, Volume 21.  She is scheduled in April of 2014 to show her work at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as part of an exhibit marking the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. You can see her work at www.lindsayhand.com

In SPQR:

Phil Lear’s painting strives to present a certain poetic insight into the world around. His style and brushwork harmonize with the character of his subject, to reveal the inborn charm of painting.

Born in Ontario, Canada in 1975, Phil grew up with a very close love of art. Always drawing and sketching, he expressed his creativity early by writing and illustrating stories and cartoons. His family moved to the United States in 1990, where Phil developed his skills in all the high school art classes, and worked with a select group of young artists known as Smiling Shep Designs, producing banners and artwork for the surrounding community.

In 1993 Phil enrolled in Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time the he began to realize a passion for painting, and for expressing the beauty he saw all around. Personal study and a deep love for the art of the Renaissance and late-Victorian eras increased both his knowledge of painterly innovation, and his fast-beating desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps toward entering the professional world of painters. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and has displayed work in several public exhibitions and competitions. Phil now furthers his study and artistic journey in the company of other fine artists at the Cottonwood Artists’ School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

His paintings deal with the beauty in common scenes of nature and everyday folk. He finds inspiration in the touching effects of light and shadow, and the narrative splendor of the simple things in life. Like the Academy painters of the 1800’s, Phil prefers to work with a warm, limited palette, using subdued colors to bring a calm and natural mood to the canvas.

Christian Medovich has spent over two decades in the visual arts. He has taught technical theater at Colorado College as well as papermaking and Art History at the Club of the Arts. Christian can also be found at  the Fine Arts Center building scenery, teaching at the ModboCo and designing lights for various dance performances in Colorado Springs. In 2010, Christian reinvested his time back into drawing and painting through the Modbo classes, training with Brett Andrus. It has been through careful instruction and curiosity that Christian finds himself participating in the tradition of peddling his created images. He thanks those who have had a hand  (you know who you are).  His newest body of work was inspired by the Tom Waites song, “Murder in the Redbarn,” as well as the artist’s interpretations of various societal taboos.


Scoot! July’s Art Opening at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.- a scooter-themed art show.

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-work by Lindsay Hand

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries present Scoot, a new show featuring scooter-themed art in honor of the National Lambretta Rally (to be hosted by The Modbo this year).  The art opening for this show will be on Friday, July 5th, from 5:30 until midnight.  The show runs through Friday, July 26th.  The Modbo may be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou.  Featured artists include: Douglas Rouse, Lorelei Beckstrom, Phil Lear, Lindsay Hand, Trevor Thomas, Nick Campbell, Christian Medovich, Jean Cuchiaro, Gary Weston, Dan Romano, Danny Gillies, Cymon Padilla, Candice Torres, Susan Fletcher, Jen Meyer, Wesley Wayne, and Nicolas Mandelkow.


Big happening in the Alley! Lindsay Hand and Phil Lear

        

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, proudly present a new opening on Friday, October 5th. Lindsay Hand will show her new body of work, “Speaking with the Dead” in The Modbo, while Phil Lear will have new work at S.P.Q.R. The opening reception is on Friday, October 5th, from 5:30 pm until midnight. The show will remain up until Friday, October 26th. The Modbo is located at 17B and 17C East Bijou, and may be reached at 633-4240, themodbo@gmail.com, or www.themodbo.com.
About the artists and

their work:

Lindsay Hand was born, and currently lives, in Colorado. She is primarily self-taught and has consistently exhibited her work since 2005 at various galleries throughout the state. Hand began painting with oils four years ago; the richness and depth of the medium has allowed her to create works that express a vision, a world of captured moments infused with nostalgia. A keen interest in working with paper has fueled her exploration of various print and book making techniques. As a strong believer in the powerful energy of creation, she had been a teacher, facilitator and volunteer with the nonprofit organization FutureSelf, which advocated transformation through the Arts to the youth of Colorado Springs. She was recently nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for Excellence in the Arts: Artist of the Year.

Says Hand, “As I began work for this show, I noted the empathy I experienced while studying my source material. Exploring the phenomena of shared memories, I painted each piece from photo’s left behind in a strangers wake. My mental cobwebs began to clear as I walked through my own past while meditating on someone else’s. Hence, ‘Speaking with the Dead.’“

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As a narrative figurative painter, Phil Lear’s mission is to create work that embodies a classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.
Murky grays, browns, and strokes of sky blue pile on the canvas to form a barrage of color that both intrigues and gratifies the eye in a fresh painterly realism. As a painter,
he is a story-teller. The often odd settings and remarkable characters of his work is are once inspiring and disquieting. “I’m not much of a landscape painter,” he says. “I paint
portraits.” Charming yet sinister, playful and mischievous, they are portraits not just of people, but of humanity.

Lear’s newest body of work intends to challenge viewers to examine themselves through the scenes and subjects in the paintings. Part urban myth, a sprinkling of Shakespeare, a bit of murder mystery, these pieces illuminate the darker side of the causes and effects of people behaving on impulse.


Mountain Standard opens this Friday!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are delighted to present Mountain Standard, the first ever exhibition by Build A Fort, a Colorado based curatorial team.  Comprised of gallery curators, owners, and artists along the Front Range, Build A Fort has created a juried exhibition of Colorado artists with the aim of distinguishing regional artistic trends.  Beginning in The Arts Alley District, this exhibit will run from Friday, April 8th, 2011 through Friday, May 6, 2011 and then continue on to other venues in the Front Range.  A wide variety of media are presented in this show by the following artists: Justin Beard, Sterling Crispin, Atomic Elroy, Jamie Emerick, Lindsay Hand, Phil Lear, Harry C. Walters, Letha Wilson, and Mario Zoots.

 Please visit http://mtnstandard.com for a full description of Build A Fort, the exhibition itself, and biographies and pictures of the artists.

OPENING RECEPTION is Friday, April 8th, from 5:30 pm until midnight.


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.