Brett and Lauren Andrus, owners of The Modbo, are delighted to announce their newest business venture, SPQR. Named for the motto of the ancient Roman Republic, SPQR will be a multi-functional arts space located in the building adjacent to The Modbo in the Arts Alley District.
Since opening The Modbo in June of 2009, Brett and Lauren have seen eager crowds of art buyers, music listeners, and poetry readers. Art classes, taught by Brett, have also been incredibly popular, filling the small space with easels and canvases. SPQR will allow the Andruses to expand their offerings, with art classes running concomitantly in both spaces, as well as exhibits and musical events.
“We really appreciate this opportunity,” says Lauren Andrus. “The landlords and building manager of the Saks Building have been so kind and receptive to what we want to provide for the arts community.” Brett agrees. “With this expansion,” he says, “we’re able to really focus on our mission of bringing high-quality arts to the community. We’ll have additional space to teach out of and a larger variety of everything that we offer.”
A new round of classes will begin in both spaces in January, with new teachers from The Modbo Collective and a variety of subject offerings such as Figure Drawing, Introduction to Oil Painting, and more. Information is available at email@example.com
SPQR is located in the former Rubbish Gallery, at 17B East Bijou. Brett and Lauren would especially like to acknowledge those who spent so much time and energy to make Rubbish a great arts space, including Lorelei Beckstrom, Caitlin Goebel, Carlita Trujillo, and Josh Kennard. Without their tireless efforts, the Arts Alley District would not be what it is today.
Although openings will continue at The Modbo, look for the grand opening of SPQR on Friday, December 10th. The Modbo’s famed Small Works Show will open in both spaces on that evening at 5:30, for the Biggest Small Works Show Ever. Just in time for the holidays, you can shop for art in two buildings packed to the gills with works under 24 inches. Additionally, there will be live musical entertainment that evening by hip-hop group Pirate Signal, local indie rocker favorites HEADHUM, and the usual Modbo-esque dash of classical. It will be a musical mash-up not to be missed!
Brett and Lauren would like to thank the arts community for their support; without our fans and supporters, this expansion would not have been possible. Here’s to keeping the Arts Alley District alive and well!
The Modbo is delighted to host its popular open mic poetry night every last Friday of the month. This month, our featured poet is Philip J. Curtis. Originally from New York, Curtis relocated to Colorado Springs with the intent of mixing the artistic cultures of both cities. He introduced himself to the Pikes Peak region by creating luvsaverb.com, which features his own work as well as the work of other artists– everything from written works and spoken word to original vocals. Curtis has hosted open mic nights at various city locations. His poetry delves not just into the art of the word, but also into the intent. Curtis strives to integrate discussion topics on hot, current events into a format such that the audience can communicate, opinionate, involve, share, and agree to disagree. He recently released his first cd entitled “What’s It All For?”
Join us this Friday at 8 pm– it’s free!
Please join us for an evening of jazzy loveliness with the amazing Vivian Gail, including guitarist Douglas Zinn and pianist Bryant Jones! This is sure to be an amazing and special evening, full of brand new music from Vivian’s new CD. Tickets are $10, and should be reserved ahead of time– seating is limited to just 40 people! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 633-4240 to reserve your space. Wine shall be served, and you can check out Vivian’s music at http://www.myspace.com/viviangailanddougzinn
Vivian has been performing across the country for more than 15 years as a solo jazz vocalist. She is excited to share her original songs with the Springs and is also looking forward to producing her 3rd solo album which is set to be a compilation of lullabies. Vivian is honored and humbled by the welcoming fans and friends in Colorado and is excited to be performing at The Modbo, downtown’s newest arts space!