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Lorelei Beckstrom

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.)


May’s First Friday Openings at The Modbo and SPQR: Lorelei Beckstrom and Dareece Walker!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) are proud to present a First Friday opening on May 2nd, 2014. The Modbo will host Folkesagn, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lorelei Beckstrom.  S.P.Q.R. will have works of Dareece Walker, in his first solo show with The Modbo.  Both shows will be up until Friday, May 30th. Opening reception is from 5:30 pm til midnight on Friday, May 2nd, with live music by Mobdividual at 9 pm. The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240. 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. themodbo.com. themodbo@gmail.com

About Folkesagn:

“Some of my favorite memories of my childhood in Minnesota are those spent watching the Aurora Borealis. Soon after my 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’, in which I told some of the great Greek myths through stuffed animals, I stumbled upon a particular Nordic folktale [folkesagn], in which the fox was the creator of the Northern Lights.

I decided to further explore this folklore of my ancestors, and found intriguing stories of the rabbit connecting the heavens and the earth, the deer who ate from the World Tree, and Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin, who flew the world to bring him knowledge.

I was inspired and began work for this show by creating the animal masks to be used in my photoshoots- which always become a fun and serendipitous collaboration between myself and the models. These paintings are loosely based on our interpretation of these stories.

Most of the frames in this show were given to me by the Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey. They were among hundreds of frames collected over his lifetime that were damaged in the 2013 flood that devastated our neighborhood. Some of them were repaired, and some are left in their damaged state. It’s a true honor to give them a new life, along with this series of tales.” –Lorelei Beckstrom

About Lorelei Beckstrom:

Lorelei Beckstrom spent seven years in college in Minnesota, where she dreamt of being a professional student- studying nearly every form of art before finally settling on painting. She then took a decade off to relocate to Colorado and build an unusual off-grid strawbale home, which she considers her greatest work of art to date. After spending years running a publishing business and a yoga studio, she found herself wanting to recommit to art full-time, and began studying oils once again under Brett Andrus.

Beckstrom has since shown prolifically in Colorado, where she co-owned the award-winning Rubbish Gallery. She has also shown at Eggman and Walrus in Santa Fe and Cult Status in Minneapolis. Her work resides in collections in the United States, Mexico, and England. She is represented by The Modbo in Colorado Springs and the Carla Wright Gallery in Denver.

In 2012, Lorelei was awarded ‘Best Artist on the Rise’ by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Her 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’ was featured in a cover story by the Colorado Springs Independent, and was later voted silver for best show of the year.

About Rips and Stains of Fabric and Time:

“My experience growing up as a black man, in the United States, has yielded many questions about the history of this nation as it relates to African Americans. These questions inspire my interest in the history of black representation, and provoke me to create work in response to my discoveries. I use recycled wood and cardboard because of the color, they relate to commodities, are low quality and easily replaced. As a black American I feel underestimated, and I empathize with these qualities of being used, undervalued, and discarded.” –Dareece Walker

About Dareece Walker:

Dáreece Jordan Walker was born in 1989 in Manhattan, Kansas. He is currently living and working in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dáreece received his bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in May 2013. Recently he has shown at The Business of Art Center, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Dáreece has been published in The Gazette, CS Independent, The African American Voice, Revolution Newspaper, and the New American Paintings Blog.

Awards include the Campus Auxiliaries excellence award in visual arts at UCCS, a purchase of his piece “March With King” by UCCS for permanent collection, RAW Colorado Springs Visual Artist of the Year 2012, and the African American Voice 2013 “Talented Ten” award. Dareece will be moving to New York this fall to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts NY.


New Exhibitions in The Hot Bed Of Nothingness

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present their newest opening on Friday, September 7th, 2012, from 5:30 pm until midnight. Modbo will host the incredible talent of local artist Sean O’Meallie in his newest show, “Things That Burn.” Meanwhile, a juried exhibition of art from community members called “The Figure, Form, and Decay” will be displayed in S.P.Q.R. The show will run through Friday, September 28th. The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, and may be reached at 633-4240, themodbo@gmail.com, or www.t

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.O’Meallie has been a leading artist in the region for years. He’s had two solo exhibits at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center which owns four of his sculptures, and his work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in NYC, The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, and the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR. His work has been toured in the US and Europe, and is included in the college text, Launching the Imagination, by McGraw/Hill Higher Education. O’Meallie has a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn in downtown Denver called Cowboy Pajamas.

O’Meallie has a background in higher education (he taught art at UCCS for 9 years) and toy invention (10 years in the international market). Though known as a highly skilled object maker, his work is cited for its wry observational wit and originality.

Not to be typecast, last year O’Meallie created the largest public artwork ever in the Pikes Peak Region. Working under the aegis of Manitou’s Business of Art Center, O’Meallie lead the community of Manitou Springs, using their own property, residents and cityscape, to create “The Chair Project”, a line of empty chairs over a half-mile long through the center of Manitou’s historic district, photos of which are now used to promote the city in its marketing.

From O’Meallie:

Things That Burn is an acknowledgment that these hand-shaped wood sculptures can combust – combustion being on the mind of late – but it’s also a double entendre.

I’ve worked in wood for years though, primarily because of its physical qualities. It’s also biodegradable, renewable, and practical – you can burn it for protection, to see at night, cook with and keep warm. I happily accept wood’s cultural baggage, but I think I’d also be happy sculpting cheese for lots of the same reasons.

There are a number of ideas at play in my work which reveal a range of considerations in my explorations of perception, and discovery. There may be some social commentary – usually about identity politics and human silliness – but there is often a lot of delight and honesty in the result. The art has an idea that guides it, sometimes wholly restrained by it, sometimes not, but it reflects my relationship with time and circumstance. People say the work makes them smile and think, and delights them, too.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a “fair value” art market in Colorado Springs for what I do, but I still support and participate in the frothy mix of art and culture here. Variation is good. Contributing is also important. The art I do display in the area is usually at the request of wonderful, hopeful, hardworking people and organizations. There are many worthwhile returns in doing so. I love what Lauren and Brett are building here and I’m honored to show in their space.

“What thrills and disturbs me about Sean O’Meallie’s sculptures is their ineluctable play between surface and meaning; invitation and repulsion; direct statement and pun; light pop fancy and ponderous foreboding. With surfaces as smooth as porcelain or plastic, one can’t even be certain these sculptures are made of wood. The Jolly Green Giant’s baby’s arm raises a fuck you finger atop an architecturally rendered box in the style and palette of Michael Graves. “Because,” it seems to say before you’ve even had time to ask Why?” – Noel Black


New Exhibition by Brett Andrus

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present “An Invitation: A New Exhibition by Brett Andrus.”  The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  There will be spontaneous performances by Sansara Modern Dance Company and Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret.  In addition to works by Brett Andrus, two Modbo Collective artists, Lorelei Beckstrom and Nina Peterson, have been invited to show work.  The show runs through Friday, August 31st.  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or themodbo@gmail.com.

  

For “An Invitation,” Andrus has created an entirely new body of work to fill both galleries, the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and in an entirely new medium– house paint.  (Specifically, Behr Premium Paint and Primer in One.)  Typically an oil painter, Andrus sought to challenge himself with this new medium while remaining true to his narrative figurative style and also maintaining his focus on the female form.  The result is an oeuvre that conceptually challenges the viewer as voyeur and plays with the idea of time and story through each piece.

Colorado Springs native Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at The Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001. He has showed in Savannah, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs.  Andrus received a Gold from The Gazette last year for “Vögel(n),” his most recent solo show.  He was the also the mastermind and artistic director behind the recent “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” show at the galleries, a body of work that has also been displayed in Trinidad and will travel to other Front Range locations in 2013.  Andrus is the co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and the sole curator for both spaces, as well as several satellite spaces in town: the Rabbit Hole, the Blue Star, Locals, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them.  He also teaches art classes out of the gallery.


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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!


The Modbo Collective Has Escaped!

The Modbo is pleased to announce an exciting exhibition opportunity.  Beginning this Saturday, July 16th, you can see the work of nine Modboco artists hanging in Palmer Lake at the Tri-Lakes Center for The Arts.  The opening reception is from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday the 16th, and will have a cash bar. Modbo Collective  Artists include: Brett Andrus, Lorelei Beckstrom, Troy DeRose, Phil Lear, Trevor Thomas, Nina Peterson with special guests Chris Alvarez, Dave Tweedy, Monique Viger.  The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is located at 304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, 80132, and they can be reached at 719-481-0475.


Big Big Stuff This Weekend!

 

Friday, June 3rd is the closing night for the new exhibitions by Brett Andrus and Lorelei Beckstrom. Don’t miss the last opportunity to see (and purchase the few remaining pieces)  of new work by two of Colorado Springs most dynamic painters.

 

Also! Friday, June 3rd, 8:30 pm, $10 suggested donation, L(i)ederhosen, a night of mostly German music with Judeth Shay Burns, Nisa Ari, Lauren Andrus, and Mark Arnest

AND!! 

 Please join us for the latest in The Modbo’s series of classical music events.  Beginning at 8:30 (so you can enjoy the other First Friday events around town beforehand!), L(i)ederhosen will offer a selection of mostly classical music, with a smattering of musical theater.  We might even have some Schnitzel.

The Modbo is proud to announce a new partnership with The Downtown Business Improvement District that has resulted in the creation of the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series. 

 Please join us for 2 hours of free, live music by great local bands, most Saturdays this summer from 5:30 to 7:30 pm!  A full schedule is available at www.downtown80903.com

 The first concert is at 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 4th.  You’ll hear the great music of Broken Spoke and Out to Dry.  Feel free to bring a picnic!

 

Following this event, please join us for an Acacia Park Summer Concert Series Kickoff Party in the alley—we’ll have two bands in the alley by The Modbo and two bands in the alley just north, behind ReMax.  Starting at 7:30 pm or so, you’ll hear Anonymity Guru, Charlie Brown and the Great Gospel, Government Camp, and the Flumps.

 Don’t miss this great night of fun, free music!                                                                                                                              AND!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, on Sunday, June 5th!  This month’s model is Misha Minx.  Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served!

 Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School:  Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring every first Sunday from 6-7:30 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, June 5th.  A strongly suggested $15 donation.  An open figure drawing session with a serious twist.

 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.  Ever 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 www.drsketchy.com. For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at lolaspitfire@gmail.com.  And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at themodbo@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another busy Art filled weekend brought to you by the Modbo.  Hope to see you!


New Works By Brett Andrus and Lorelei Beckstrom

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, are pleased to present solo shows by Brett Andrus and Lorelei Beckstrom.  Their first solo shows in three and two years, respectively, Andrus’ new body of work is called “Vögel(n),” and Beckstrom’s, “The History of the Future.”

 

The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, May 13th, 2011, in The Arts Alley District beginning at 5:30 and going until midnight.  Entertainment will include music by The Good Morning Accordion Terrorist, live free jazz by The Bottesini Project, and some special performances that you’ll have to see to believe!

 

Colorado Springs native Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at The Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001.  He has showed in Savannah, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs.  “Vögel(n)”  is his first solo show in three years, although he showed jointly with Lindsay Hand in August of 2010 for “The 30 Day Portrait Experience” at The Modbo.  Andrus is the co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and the sole curator for both spaces, as well as several satellite spaces in town: the VBar, the Blue Star, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them.

 

For Andrus, the process of creating a new body of work for “Vögel(n)”  has been a process of redefining his visual aesthetic and regaining his control of his medium.  “This is a show that I’ve been wanting to paint,” Andrus says.  Inspired by the magnificent art he saw on his recent honeymoon in Europe, Andrus conceived a body of work that was not only painted masterfully, but with the intent of connecting with the viewer on an emotional rather than solely intellectual level.  Additionally, he challenged himself to paint in a much looser and faster style than he had previously been accustomed to.  Andrus refers to his work as “skewed rococo.” Additionally, says Andrus, his work “possesses a touch of the absurd without being inaccessible.”  “Vögel(n)”  is comprised of over a dozen works, all of them large scale narrative oils on panels. 

 

Lorelei Beckstrom hails originally from Minnesota.  After studying painting, sculpture, and graphic design for seven years, Beckstrom ended up in the mountains of Colorado in 1994, thus fulfilling a childhood dream to move to the west.  She took a long hiatus from art to build a mountain dream home, and while she lived in a teepee adjacent to the structure-in-progress, found herself stretching canvases on teepee poles and resuming her artistic passion.  Beckstrom has shown prolifically in Colorado Springs—at the Plantera group, Rubbish Gallery, and The Business of Arts Center among others, as well as Closed Gallery in Denver and Cult Status in Minneapolis. 

 

“The History of the Future” is Beckstrom’s first solo show in two years.  Beckstrom notes that the impetus for the show came from watching the movie “Man on a Wire,” a film about Phillipe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center.  Beckstrom began to immerse herself in a world of wire walkers and audiences, painting with what she eventually realized was an ironic passion—the artist actually harbors a fear of both heights and crowds.  Beckstrom theorizes that she’s responding to her “fears in some odd way, and painting to work through them.”  For Beckstrom, painting with oils, as she has done for this show, was a bit of a novelty; although she had worked with them in the past, she has mostly used acrylics for the past 20 years.  Modbo co-owner Brett Andrus coaxed her into an oil class, and out of this, Beckstrom says she realized that she had “been an artist for all these years, but not a painter.”  She now considers herself to be a painter.  Beckstrom often feels like she’s “leading the painting, up until a point, and then it leads me.  The world created in the painting becomes richer than real life, more real, almost.”