The Modbo and SPQR, the Arts Alley District, present new works by Cymon Padilla and Monique Viger for April’s First Friday. Padilla’s show, “Postcards from Hyperborea,” will be featured in the Modbo, while Viger’s “Branches… Birds and Bugs” hangs in SPQR. Opening reception from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, April 4th. This show will run through Friday, April 25th. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903. themodbo.com. 633-4240.
SPQR will host new works by Monique Viger, “Branches . . . Birds and Bugs.” Monique Viger is one of Modbo Collective’s newest members, and has studied under Brett Andrus for almost five years at the ModboCo School of Art. Her work has been in galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and hair salons throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Here, at her first solo show, Monique experiments with how light abstracts images within nature.
In the Modbo, you’ll find Cymon Padilla’s “Postcards from Hyperborea.” Cymon Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. These interests crystallized in his first oil painting class at Pikes Peak Community College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012. His work is primarily focused on using humor and absurd juxtapositions to illustrate the relationship between human culture and the natural world. When he’s not at his day job or in the studio, you can find Cymon exploring the outdoor landscapes that inspire much of his art.
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. email@example.com
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
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.
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Modbo, an award-winning art gallery in downtown Colorado Springs, announces its newest venture: The ModboCo, a school for the arts located at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs. Classes will begin in August, and more information is available by contacting Lauren Andrus at 719.633.4240, http://www.themodbo.com, or at email@example.com.
The ModboCo serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to those who seek to learn about art. An expansion of The Modbo’s popular art classes, the ModboCo will offer classes for adults, children, youth-at-risk, home-schooled students, and more! Occasional weekend workshops on subjects ranging from film to encaustic to community-minded arts projects also will be offered. Students can count on teachers with a wide variety of experience and knowledge, who create their own work with integrity, and seek to share their methods with others. As learners of all ages and skill levels, students can depend on a focused, but fun, process, leading to real-world skills and abilities in the subject of their choice.
The Modbo was founded in 2009, with the mission of bringing joy to those who collaborate in the arts. For the past four years, owners Brett and Lauren Andrus have done just that– providing monthly art openings, art classes, musical concerts of all genres, performances of all kinds, and poetry readings. A second gallery, S.P.Q.R., was added in 2010, expanding the offerings to an eager public. Both galleries have won a myriad of Best Of the Springs awards from both The Gazette and The Independent for Best Galleries, Best Place to Buy Art, Best Place to See Emerging Artists, and more.
The classes in particular have been very popular. Taught by Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Brett Andrus on a variety of subjects from drawing to oil painting, classes have exceeded capacity in many instances. ModboCo at Ivywild will accommodate a larger number of students and a variety of teachers; ModboCo also will collaborate with many other individuals and organizations in the Ivywild complex, such as Millibo Art Theatre. The original Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries will continue offering high-quality exhibits and performances.
The ModboCo is a non-profit operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
You need art, art needs you.
Brett and Lauren Andrus
P.S. On a more personal note, Brett and Lauren would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support and patronage over the years. Your participation makes all the difference! Thank you, thank you!