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The Sixth Annual Small Works Show at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Opens Friday!

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The Modbo cheerfully presents its Sixth Annual Small Works Show! This amazing show features work by right around 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular display of hundreds of pieces. (To be more exact, we have over 400 pieces this year! The most yet!!)

Throughout opening night, look for tidbits of live music by Ryan Flores, Jeremy Van Hoy, and more!

A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works is a cash-and-carry event. See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you! All pieces are under 24″ in every dimension.

Shop local! Support local artists and local galleries! Knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list! Support Downtown Colorado Springs!

The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 6th. The show runs through Friday, January 10th. Don’t miss it!

(psssssst save the date: The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret, is on Saturday, 12.14!)


CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The Modbo announces a call for artists for its newest juried show, “The Figure, Form, and Decay.” Pieces may speak to any aspect, or combined aspects, of the show’s title. Submissions in all media are welcome. Drop-off and will occur between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, September 2nd at The Modbo, 17c East Bijou. Pieces must be wired and ready to hang, complete with screw eyes or d-rings. There will be an $8 fee per piece submitted to jurying. Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Be Creative, and take advantage of this opportunity.


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.


WAR!

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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.


Modbo Ho Ho

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most wonderful Cabaret is here! Please join us for The Modbo Ho Ho, a very, very irreverent look at the holidays with a lot of singing, a smattering of dancing, a story or two, and some of your favorite holiday tunes redone in ho ho style.

Friday, December 16th,*****(TWO SHOWS)***** 7 and 9:30 pm; $10 suggested donation, The Modbo. Seating for this show will be first come, first served, and doors open half an hour before the performance. Adults only, please.

The Modbo Ho Ho is delighted to feature vocalists Claire Anderson, Nisa Ari (9:30 pm show only), Judeth Shay Burns, Brian Harris, Jessie Oliver, Solveig Olsen, Charles Schnetzer, pianists Lauren Andrus and Mark Arnest, dancers Cherry Glitterbomb, Camille Loftin and Trish Doyle-Stahl, a reading by Tracy Mobley-Martinez, and some special surprise guest appearances to boot!


CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular Fourth Annual Small Works Show.

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, December 3rd.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $2 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be ready to hang (two screw eyes or two D-rings).

The show will open on Friday, December 9th in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.


Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition!!!! Whoop Whoop!

Friday, October 21st, 8 pm and 10 pm, $10ish suggested donation. Reservations recommended; email themodbo@gmail.com.

The Modbo is ecstatic to present the latest installment of Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition. Pianists/Cabaret Mistresses Jana Lee Ross and Lauren Andrus have compiled their favorite numbers from several years of cabaret shenanigans. The resulting show is sure to provide a mix of laughs, gasps, and groans! (This R-rated, mostly inappropriate show is not intended for children, or for those who are easily offended!) Come listen to the amazing vocal feats of Judeth Shay Burns, Solveig Olsen, Jessie Oliver, Claire Anderson, Charles Schnetzer, Kevin Bennett, and more! Also featuring a cameo appearance by Kellie Palmblad!

(N.B.: New to this cabaret—TWO SHOWS! PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEAT! These shows tend to be standing room only!)


The Modbo’s Big Week of Stuff

Wow, this week is packed with things to do in the Arts Alley!

come join us for stuff all week.

First, on Wednesday………

The Modbo is excited to host the return of members of the acclaimed anti-orchestra Mount Righteous with local indie favorites Constellation of Cars. This show takes place on Wednesday, October 12th, at 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation.

With their nationally known anti-orchestra Mount Righteous on a short hiatus, record company Flight Music Group (FMG) has taken this opportunity to shine some light on the talent of front-man Joey Kendall. FMG currently has Joey in the studio for his first conventional solo release. Kendall’s “Was Here,” a retrospective compilation of lo-fi demos, live recordings, and a few studio tracks with Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Mountain Goats, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Mount Righteous), was released to rave reviews. With accompaniment from his wife Kendall Kendall (yes, Kendall Kendall), Joey is touring the West side of the U.S. this October.
Constellation of Cars is comprised of Andy Tanner (Laymen Terms, Headhum) and Kellie Palmblad (Eyes Caught Fire). They formed in October 2009 to find a nice medium to each other’s songwriting styles, landing their plane in the sea somewhere between dreary, dreamy Iceland and weathered, warm Texas. Cars released their debut EP, “The Ambiguous U,” in early 2011 to great acclaim. You can hear their music atwww.destinationmoonmusic.com

 

Then On Friday ……

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

READ the earlier post for more info on the two Artists.

And on Saturday…

October 15th, 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation, The Modbo is especially excited to host the return of Levi Weaver, who played for a full house at The Modbo in September of last year. Levi will be joined by Edith’s Undergarments, comprised of Sarah Hope (of Edith Makes a Paper Chain) and friends. Additionally, The Modbo is pleased to present 13-year-old local phenom Alex Arciniega, the youngest ever singer-songwriter to perform at the gallery.

Levi Weaver hails originally from Rio Vista, Texas, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Birmingham, England. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, a little accordion, some pan flute, and percussion on a vast array of items unintended for use as percussion. His big break came in 2006 when he got a support slot for Imogen Heap in Birmingham and was asked to join her on her entire North American tour. Since then, he’s been touring in the US and has just released his latest album, The Letters of Dr. Kurt Goedel. You can hear him at myspace.com/leviweaver


October, New Exhibition. Phil Lear and Davoth!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

Phil Lear graduated from Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program in 1997, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time that 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-growing desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps towards 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 a group of young artists known as The Modbo Collective, at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Galleries in Colorado Springs, CO. He also shows at Mountain Living Studios in Manitou Springs, CO. In 2010, the Colorado Springs Gazette awarded him the Gold Medal for Best Art Exhibition of the year.

Phil Lear has always strived to bring an emotional charge to his work, a charge that he intends to have resonate with the viewer long after the initial viewing. 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 story-teller, his canvases are peopled, with a disparate, ragtag band of characters whose entrance on the scene can be at once inspiring and disquieting—wild-eyed youth, brooding poets, defiant downtrodden martyrs, spellbinding vixens, and fallen angels, tragic heroes and the criminally bent. They are strangers, but with a deep connection to the distant song of reality and life. “As a narrative figurative painter, I feel a mission to create work that embodies the classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.”

Davoth was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas, and escaped to Colorado Springs in 1996. He began making sculpture and eventually paintings as both a positive and negative response to a trip to Santa Fe, NM. Davoth has kept his creative and aesthetic education to the very individual and minimal so as to both control direction and also to limit influence from various schools of art theory and conserve originality. He now resides in Denver, CO.
Davoth finds the world to be a chaotic, yet incredibly beautiful place. In shunning his more natural sense for clarity and order and making the effort to notice his surroundings at each second, Davoth is able to stay open to the new and the fresh; it is then that he is most in awe of the world. His work comes from a place of simple idea, over which many changes occur organically. The artist prides himself on avoiding academic aesthetic choices, instead trusting his instincts to produce meaningful artistic compositions.


Music this Weekend @ the Modbo

The Modbo; Saturday, July 23rd, 8 pm, Paul Riola’s Cellar Door.  $5-7 suggested donation.  Cellar Door is a new project from Denver based producer and saxophonist Paul Riola. Steeped in the deep grooves of the record bin, Cellar Door is a new trio of live musicians creating a seamless downtempo DJ Set. Building from scratch a unique electronic set, refusing to conform to the preconceived ideas of a laid back style, with a heavy mixture of hip hop, weighty jazz, broken beats, Latin, funk, and soul, with the occasional cheeky bit of psyche rock and drum and bass thrown in.

Cellar Door is comprised of Paul Riola: Saxophones, Electronics, Beats and Samples. Tim Hochman: Bass. Yong Bakos: Keyboards and Thomas Chester Murray: Guitar

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S.P.Q.R.; Sunday, July 24th, 8 pm, Alameda with The Ghost of Michael Clark.  $5-7 suggested donation.

Don’t miss your chance to see  Alameda, a new Portland-based outfit founded by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettwiler.  Compared to the baroque pop of Nick Drake and the slow-core dream pop of early Low, Alameda blends orchestral arrangements with modern instrumentation, thus blurring the lines of genres and moods and offering a lush backdrop for Myles’ folk-inspired songs.