A New Show and A Call For Artists!



“I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra,” said the late Carrie Fisher.  And so The Modbo presents a very special call for artists — a never-before-done fan art show.  For just $12 (for up to three entries), you can enter your favorite fan art for The Modbo’s “Drowned in Moonlight” show, opening Friday, March 3rd.  Depictions of celebrities who passed in 2016 up until the show’s submission date are welcome (e.g., Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie). Work and payment must be dropped off at The Modbo on Wednesday, March 1st, between noon and six.  Any piece submitted must be ready to hang, with two D-rings or eye screws affixed to the back of each piece — no exceptions.  A panel of three jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, March 2nd.  Questions? Please email Lauren at


On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, the newly re-imagined Modbo gallery presents a very special First Friday.  From 5:30 until midnight, visitors are invited to see “Lew(d) Tilley”: a unique cross-section of the work of the late Broadmoor Art Academy era artist. A prolific artist, Lew Tilley is known well for his BAA paintings, drawings, and watercolors.  This new show at The Modbo features a collection of his naughtier bits, so to speak.  Never before seen in Colorado Springs, this body of work includes pieces spanning from 1945 all the way through 1998. Curated by Lauren Ciborowski, who is newly the sole owner of The Modbo, this eclectic collection of nudes, “Naughty Numbers,” and more is sure to delight a variety of audiences.  On Friday, February 17th at 5:30, there will be a talk led by Eve Tilley, one of Lew’s daughters, as well as art expert Blake Wilson, who will share some anecdotes and history.


The Modbo is located at 17C E. Bijou Ave., 80903.  More information at,, or by calling 719.633.4240.  The show will remain open through February.


About Lew Tilley:


Lewis Lee Tilley III, painter, poet, printmaker, photographer, illustrator, watercolorist, animator, filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, computer art expert, scholar, experimental architect, actor, set designer, raconteur, gourmet cook, jazz fan and world traveler, was born in Parrott, Georgia, May 17, 1921, to the union of Margaret Wright and Lewis Lee Tilley II. Lew was an artist from the beginning.  His mother could always tell where he had spent his day by peeking in his sketchbook.  He began his professional career in 1937 at the High Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, studying with Lamar Dodd, Jean Charlot, and John Held Jr., and came to the Pikes Peak Region in the summer of 1938 to study with Boardman Robinson, Adolph Dehn and Lawrence Barrett. Lew received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1942 and returned for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School eventually becoming an instructor in painting, drawing, printmaking and design at the FAC School and the Colorado College.

A “migratory bird” at heart, he took his family to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1952, where he bought his first camera and added photography to his repertoire. Upon returning to Colorado Springs, he became a freelance artist, writer, teacher and muralist and photographer. This interest led to filmmaking, and from 1958 to 1962 he was writer-producer-director at Alexander Film Company.

In 1962, Tilley took a two-year tour of duty with USAID in Kaduna, Nigeria, working with the British Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps. He returned to be professor of art at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He returned to San Miguel de Allende summers to receive his M.F.A. in 1968 from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, through the University of Colorado, where he studied at the Instituto de Allende. He was also a pioneer in computer art and wrote articles and designed covers for the British publication, “Your Amiga Magazine” in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s.

His accolades include winning the purchase prize at the inaugural Canon City Blossom Festival (the first arts festival of its kind in the country), where he completed the circle when he returned as judge for their 50th anniversary. At USC, he was voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” for 1979-1980 and also won an annual co-eds’ “Male Chauvinist Pig” award. Lew Tilley died in Colorado Springs, October 4, 2005.


Your last chance…

…to see the Small Works Show is tonight, Friday, January 6th, from 5:30 til 8ish!  Stop on by!

Also, artists, as you signed and agreed to on your contract, outtake is Saturday, January 7th, noon til two.

It’s not too late to see the Small Works show!

Please stop in and see us tonight, Friday the 30th, from 5:30 until at least 7.  Or on Friday, January 6th, from 5:30 til 8ish.  There’s still some art left!

Hours for the Week of December 5th

The Small Works Show can be seen on Wednesday, December 7th, from 5:00 til 8, and on Friday, December 9th from 5:30 til 9 pm.  There’s still work left to purchase, so please come on by!

Currently Showing


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present October’s First Friday on October 7th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “Cecelia,” a unique show featuring painting by Lindsay Hand and an installation by Nethery Wylie.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “New Souls” by Elizabeth Selby.  Both shows are open Friday nights through 28th.  The opening reception on October 7th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight, with a recital by Lauren Ciborowski at 9 pm.  The closing reception on the 28th will feature a 7 pm recital.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

In the summer of 2016, painter Lindsay Hand purchased a photo album containing pictures of a young lady from near birth through her 20s.  They seem to be from about 1905 onward, and have no other indication of name, location, or context.  Out of this mysterious and beautiful collection of old photos, Hand developed an idea for a show.  In addition to oil paintings based on the photos, “Cecelia” will also involve a photo-transfer fabric installation by Nethery Wylie, and a carefully curated recital by pianist Lauren Ciborowski.  Together, these artists hope to lead you into the world of the inscrutable young lady in the album.

Primarily self taught, local artist LIndsay Hand has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state of Colorado, including The Modbo gallery, and more recently at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum. In Hand’s most recent work there is again the visually driving source material of the past that has dominated her work thus far– now overlapping with an exploration into aspects of spiritualism, the concepts surrounding it and a delving into the subconscious by introducing automatism into her technique.

In Cecelia we see the source material of the past that has dominated Hand’s work thus far now colliding with an exploration of the more esoteric approaches to insight into an individual’s history. Not knowing who Cecelia is or was to those in her life as it would have been recorded in the early 20th century, but relying on the photographs as the sole reference to her existence, is a beautiful mystery to be unfolded for the artist as she paints it. The result is a body of work which invokes the spirit of this woman to manifest in a body of work which Hand has translated from a photo album into an exhibit shining light on a forgotten life’s lasting breath.

Nethery Wylie plays with images and texts through painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation.  She transfers, layers, juxtaposes and rewrites in order to see things in new ways. Nethery has been a college librarian in Colorado Springs since 1985, has an art studio downtown, and recently completed an MFA with University of Plymouth (UK) and Transart Institute. The installation for “Cecelia” at The Modbo features images made large enough to gaze back at the viewer with a life-size presence of their own. More information at

Elizabeth Selby’s current body of work, “New Souls,” is a new endeavor to create portraits of friends to sharpen her skills as a painter. Drawn to the emotion and inner dialogue of her model’s expression, she interprets their personalities onto the canvas with somewhat overdone pops of color and bits of childhood nostalgia.  

Raised in Alabama, Elizabeth has experimented with a myriad of creative mediums from an early age. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2013 and began learning oil color technique under the tutelage of Brett Andrus and the Modbo School of Art and quickly became fascinated by the medium.  She is now in a monogamous, lifelong relationship with oil paint.  Selby had the distinctive honor of being featured in “New American Paintings” in 2015.

An Eclectic Night of Music


Please join us for an evening of music at The Modbo with touring bands Spoken Nerd with Bashful Hips, as well as Bullhed*ded, STONY BERTZ & Earsiq.  Thursday, September 15th, $7-10 suggested donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou Street, 80903.  More info by emailing

Spoken Nerd is a delicious blend of hip hop, indie pop and electronic rock wrapped in satire and social commentary with a sweet inner core of hope. Spoken Nerd has toured throughout North America sharing the stage and collaborating with artists such as Run the Jewels, Ceschi, Listener, Manchild (Mars Ill), John Reuben, Qwel, DJ LORD of Public Enemy and many more.

Bashful Hips is an Avant Garde project from the mind of Ian Fellerman. Bringing his sometimes searing, sometimes hilarious but always poignant observations to bear over an entire stable of Noise Rock/Hip Hop informed Electronica, Ian’s music is never stable, always changing and searching for the sound to express his feelings. Bashful Hips has recently signed to Invisible Library Records and has shared the stage with Yoni Wolf, Serengeti, Spoken Nerd, Memphis Linzy, ECID, Eyenine, KidDead, Lady Shark, BRZOWSKI, Counterfeit Money Machine to name a few. Bashful Hips music has been played on the radio all over North America and Europe and featured in publications like YAB YUM, Vandala, Outside the Dial, Punk Globe, Ear to the Ground, Digital Racket, Indie Bands Blog and many more.


July’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Claire Swinford and Tony Achilles


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present July’s First Friday on July 1st, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Denver artist Tony Achilles.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Internal Logic: New Works by Claire Swinford.”  Both shows are open Fridays through July 29th.  The opening reception on July 1st 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 or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Trained as a French literary historian, Colorado artist Claire Swinford used her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University as a convenient excuse to sketch her way through the collections of art museums from Strasbourg to Paris to Nice. Working as an alt-news journalist, she interviewed painter Brett Andrus in 2012 and subsequently began to paint the subjects of her literary research as part of his atelier. She has exhibited her work at Lied Center for the Arts, Black Cat, The Modbo & SPQR, Rooted Studio and, most recently, the Machine Shop. View more of Claire’s work on Instagram @claireswinford or learn more at

In a new series of drawings and oil paintings, Claire Swinford explores reversals, permeating the perceptual boundaries between dark/light, child/adult, artist/subject, alone/surrounded. Each figure projects drama from within a cocoon of transparent fabric, but the narrative remains opaque, resulting in rich images that are best understood according to their own inner logic. “Internal Logic: New Work by Claire Swinford” showcases six months of intensive sketching and painting at The Modbo, an award-winning gallery in downtown Colorado Springs.

Tony Achilles is an oil painter, illustrator, mural artist, and art teacher, born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  He is presently working from his studio in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver.  Though he studied under master painters such as Ron Hicks, Margaretta Gilboy, and Mark Daily at the Art Students League of Denver, Tony considers himself to be primarily a self-taught artist.  Achilles has been showing publicly since 1989. Galleries and nontraditional art spaces where he has exhibited work include: Theory and Practice Gallery, Andrew Clark Photography Studio/Gallery, The Art Student’s League of Denver, The Arvada Art Center, The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Inner City Art Expo Gallery, and most recently, The Modbo Gallery in Colorado Springs.  When he is not preparing work for exhibition, Tony stays busy with commissions and various commercial and decorative art projects. His murals can be found in various businesses, restaurants, and private homes throughout Denver and the surrounding areas.

Says Achilles, “Intrinsically, my artwork is a journal of feelings, perceptions and experiences. My paintings are usually inspired by an emotion that I desire to share or express, rather than a concrete concept. My paintings often don’t have a clear ‘meaning’ until they are completed and I have had time to reflect on things, like what I was processing in my life when the work was created.  Consciously, my work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty, relationship, and life as a sensual experience. Among my major themes are relationship, and personal freedom (or, more specifically, the experience of reaching one’s ‘divine’ potential).  Subjects and images that recur in my work as sub-themes and narrative devices include: the human figure, flowers, fish, birds, bird nests, and tethers.  By and large in my work, birds represent desire and the subconscious, the nest represents the body (the feeling self), tethers (…strings, ribbons, etc.) represent some form of relationship, and the figure simply symbolizes the complex human experience.  Then again… sometimes a bird is just a bird.”


A Mini-Class on Surrealism this Saturday, and New Kids Art Classes!

Please join us for the first in our new lecture series: Sound Smart at the Museum: SurREALism Style.  This mini-class, taught by Brett Andrus, will be a crash course in the surrealism movement.  Fun, short, cheap, and informative!  This Saturday, February 13th. 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. RSVP to the

Also, new kids art classes start this Saturday the 13th– please head on over here for more info!


Modbo’s December Hours and the Ho Ho!

Wednesday, 12.9.15, come see Small Works from 5 pm til 8 pm as part of the Downtown Holiday Stroll!
Friday, 12.11.15, come see Small Works from 5:30 pm til 9ish!
Saturday, 12.12.15, come see Small Works from noon til 5 pm!
Friday, 12.18.15, come see Small Works from 5:30 til 9ish.
Saturday, 12.19.15, The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret!
Wednesday, 12.23.15, come shop Small Works on Xmas eve eve, 5:30-7:30 pm.

The Modbo Ho Ho is here…


The Modbo naughtily  presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Friday, December 19th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Claire Anderson, Lauren Ciborowski Andrus, and Solveig Olsen as well as many other guests for this naughty performance that will surely augment your holiday cheer! Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  $10-$12 strongly suggested donation. Seating is limited, and is first come, first served. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or

Now in its sixth year, The Modbo Ho Ho is an irreverent and festive romp through the holidays, including songs both earnest and tawdry, some dance of varying (and occasionally dubious) natures, and the odd skit here and there. We’d list the performers, but none of them want to get in trouble with their jobs.  It’s that kind of show.


Small Works Call for Artists on Saturday the 21st!


The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 8.

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang (two screw eyes or two D-rings).

The show will open on Friday, December 4th in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.

Questions? Email .