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February’s First Friday: the surREALism exhibition, plus a mini class!



The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present The surREALism Exhibition, a new show of breathtaking art by local artists opening on February 5th, 2016.  Featuring: Sean O’Meallie, Andy Tirado, Rodney Wood, Catherine Porter-Brown, Davoth, Brett Andrus, Tom Vail, Lindsay Hand, Cymon Padilla, Clive Nyles, and Lauren Ciborowski.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through February,  ending February 26th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

“I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.” ― André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism

Breton published his Manifeste du surréalisme in 1924, signaling the beginning of an artistic realm. The award winning artists The Modbo presents in this show may not consider themselves to technically be surrealists, but their work invites the viewer to access the subconscious. We invite you to wade in and experience a different world in this once-in-a-lifetime, all star exhibition.

Additionally, please join us for the first in our new lecture series: Sound Smart at the Museum: SurREALism Style. Saturday, February 13th. 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. RSVP to the

June’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Reciprocity by Rodney Wood and Brett Andrus, plus Works on Paper



The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present June’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, June 5th, 2015 members of the Modbo Collective and guests will present Works on Paper in the Modbo, while “Reciprocity” by Rodney Wood and Brett Andrus premiers at SPQR.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through June, ending June 26th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

“RECIPROCITY”  Statement:

Brett Andrus and Rodney Wood first crossed paths as the result of Rodney’s first solo exhibition of his paintings at an early incarnation of The Modbo gallery. This led to more collaborations over the years as they developed not only a strong business relationship but also one of kindred art passion. After many years of shared art promotion and advocacy along with long-winded conversations/rants, Brett and Rodney found they share many similar opinions and ideals. Interestingly, they have never shown work together. “Reciprocity” has finally put an end to that drought. While their work has media in common, their “style” is quite different. That said, their work is similar in its use of the human form and enigmatic allegory. They both use their paintings to explore the unique and curious world of the human psyche. More mystery and query than answers, their work compels the viewer to interact with the pieces; be that intellectually, emotionally or spiritually. Simply put, Brett Andrus and Rodney Wood are not only art co-conspirators but also inspire each other’s artistic evolution and vision. “Reciprocity” offers an extraordinary opportunity for their work to be in a symbiotic environment that will that will allow others to participate in that magical process.


Rodney Wood’s artistic path? “What a long and strange trip” … it continues to be. As artist, educator, arts advocate/activist, he has worn many hats. His passions have been focused on making art and encouraging others to do so. He has taught art at all levels within various environments and disciplines. He has served on numerous art based boards and steering committees. For years, Rodney was the Director of the Business of Art Center and then the Director of Fine Arts at the State Fair. Currently, he is the founder, director and organizer of the art car festival, ArtoCade, in Trinidad, CO.  As an artist, his early focus was on 3D media such as jewelry/metalsmithing and sculpture. Photography has also been an active part of his repertoire. Just over ten years ago, Rodney’s art voice became painting. This shift has resulted in a long list of exhibitions and publications. His reputation has evolved with his work now being on display and collected internationally.

A Colorado native, Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at the Savannah School of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001.  Andrus divides his time between a career in the financial industry, co-ownership (with his wife Lauren) of the award-winning art galleries The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., directing and teaching art classes out of the galleries, working as a musician (in projects that include Waterbear, The Men of Deep Throat, Team Laser Wolf, and Headhum), and producing as a disciplined artist.  Over the last fifteen years, Andrus has exhibited his work in Santa Fe, Denver, Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Trinidad and Colorado Springs.  You can currently also see his work in a solo show at the Mike Wright gallery in Denver.

Rodney Wood is Back!!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries, in conjunction with the Millibo Art Theater in their first ever collaboration, are proud to announce “Galerie Vivant,” a new solo exhibition by internationally known artist Rodney Wood.  This exhibition will debut over twenty new paintings by the acclaimed artist.  In addition to the opening reception, to be held from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, June 8th at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., there will be two wildly unique performances presented on The Millibo’s stage.  These shows will occur at 8 pm on Friday, June 1st, and 4 pm on Saturday, June 2nd, at the MAT, 1367 Pecan Street.  Much more than an artist’s talk, audience members will glimpse a special view into the creative process.  There will be the opportunity to see some of Wood’s muses, as well as other kinds of inspiration.  Look for live performances by violinist David Siegel, model and belly dancer Kristina Reich, soprano Jessie Oliver and pianist Lauren Andrus, dancer Camille Loftin, illusionists Joe and Carol Givan, Vlad the doll, model and poet Kim Helgoe, and other surprises.  Both programs will be followed by a viewing for an up close and personal look at the artwork as well as the opportunity to meet the artist and performers.  Tickets are only $9, and can be purchased at  Seating is limited, don’t delay!  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or the Millibo Art Theater at 465-6321.

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!

Rodney Wood is Back!!!!

 Two New Work Shops With Rodney Wood

Art Biz & a Kick in the Butt
Artists often find themselves at an impasse, faced with a host of confusing choices and lacking direction about what to do next. Those seeking a career in art or those that simply want art to be more active in their lives can be limited by a lack of information in regard to real options and opportunities that exist for their creative aspirations. Participants in “ArtThrive” will learn effective practices and methodology for dealing with the oft tricky relationship between business and art. We will also explore ways to keep artistic passion alive and thriving; today, tomorrow & beyond. This program is part workshop, part seminar and part self-assessment – look, see, understand and then do.
Topics covered will include: Marketing, portfolio development, artist statements, gallery representation, work habits/discipline, effective studio design, long/short term goal setting and various ways in which to simply keep the artist spirit motivated and productive…….
Making art has value far beyond sales and notoriety. Art is important and those blessed with such a passion must seeks ways to keep it a priority. Note: this is a very interactive non-lecture based program focused on the visual arts. It applies to all artists; be they part/full time, vocational, avocational, emerging, mid-career or in a transition toward greatness.
When: Saturday February 26 (9am-5pm) Where: SPQR (next to Modbo in Alley Arts District) 17b East Bijou Street – Colorado Springs, CO….. How: Reserve your space ASAP 719.650.2381
Cost: $55

Creativity Workshop for Artists
Are you a fountain of ideas and motivation? Is your art growing and perpetually evolving to higher levels? Are you overwhelmed with exhibition opportunities? All artists have periods of feeling uninspired or being in a rut-rut-rut. “Artstorming” will explore techniques and methods for keeping one’s art fresh and growing. Through the use of various exercises, activities and projects participants will discover their patterns and comforts zones. Can creativity be learned? Everyone is creative. The issue is one of access and process. The power of creativity can best be found and used by following a few simple steps. Along with learning these principles, participants will look at their own work with new eyes. This is a very hands-on action packed workshop offered in an atmosphere of experimentation, innovation and most of all inspirational fun.
When: Thursday February 17 (6-9pm) and Saturday February 19 (10am – 5pm)
Where: SPQR (next to Modbo in Alley Arts District) 17b East Bijou Street – Colorado Springs, CO….. How: Reserve your space ASAP 719.650.2381
Cost: $125