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First and foremost, our thoughts are with those displaced and harmed by the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires.  We know this is a time of chaos and anguish for many.

The Modbo’s big event will go on as planned this Friday.  We hope you will join us to find solace in art and music.

You need Art.  Art needs You.  Now, more than ever.

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The Modbo turns 4!

 It’s hard to believe, but The Modbo gallery turns 4, June of 2013!  Please join us at 8:30 pm, Friday, June 14th, $7 suggested donation, for a very special Modbo Birthday Party. Once more, we’re celebrating in true Modbo fashion with a collaboration between two local bands and 26 students of the renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival.  This year’s local musicians are Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Water Bear.  Don’t miss this amazing event, featuring sets from the bands, classical performances, and two collaborative pieces!  Local musician and arranger Jeremy Van Hoy will be arranging pieces for these collaborations.

 Please don’t miss this amazing night of musical chaos, as we move quickly from band to band, ensemble to ensemble, and genre to genre (not to mention, building to building and alley to alley)!

As ever, this amazing event is just a $7 suggested donation, but with the opportunity to give more– we’ll be fundraising for our newest venture, The ModboCo– our new art school at

Ivywild!

 

Exhibition of New Work by Lindsay Hand and Phil Lear

        

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, proudly present a new opening on Friday, October 5th. Lindsay Hand will show her new body of work, “Speaking with the Dead” in The Modbo, while Phil Lear will have new work at S.P.Q.R. The opening reception is on Friday, October 5th, from 5:30 pm until midnight. The show will remain up until Friday, October 26th. The Modbo is located at 17B and 17C East Bijou, and may be reached at 633-4240, themodbo@gmail.com, or www.themodbo.com.
About the artists and

their work:

Lindsay Hand was born, and currently lives, in Colorado. She is primarily self-taught and has consistently exhibited her work since 2005 at various galleries throughout the state. Hand began painting with oils four years ago; the richness and depth of the medium has allowed her to create works that express a vision, a world of captured moments infused with nostalgia. A keen interest in working with paper has fueled her exploration of various print and book making techniques. As a strong believer in the powerful energy of creation, she had been a teacher, facilitator and volunteer with the nonprofit organization FutureSelf, which advocated transformation through the Arts to the youth of Colorado Springs. She was recently nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for Excellence in the Arts: Artist of the Year.

Says Hand, “As I began work for this show, I noted the empathy I experienced while studying my source material. Exploring the phenomena of shared memories, I painted each piece from photo’s left behind in a strangers wake. My mental cobwebs began to clear as I walked through my own past while meditating on someone else’s. Hence, ‘Speaking with the Dead.’“

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As a narrative figurative painter, Phil Lear’s mission is to create work that embodies a classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.
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 painter,
he is a story-teller. The often odd settings and remarkable characters of his work is are once inspiring and disquieting. “I’m not much of a landscape painter,” he says. “I paint
portraits.” Charming yet sinister, playful and mischievous, they are portraits not just of people, but of humanity.

Lear’s newest body of work intends to challenge viewers to examine themselves through the scenes and subjects in the paintings. Part urban myth, a sprinkling of Shakespeare, a bit of murder mystery, these pieces illuminate the darker side of the causes and effects of people behaving on impulse.

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present their newest opening on Friday, September 7th, 2012, from 5:30 pm until midnight. Modbo will host the incredible talent of local artist Sean O’Meallie in his newest show, “Things That Burn.” Meanwhile, a juried exhibition of art from community members called “The Figure, Form, and Decay” will be displayed in S.P.Q.R. The show will run through Friday, September 28th. The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, and may be reached at 633-4240, themodbo@gmail.com, or www.t

hemodbo.com
.O’Meallie has been a leading artist in the region for years. He’s had two solo exhibits at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center which owns four of his sculptures, and his work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in NYC, The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, and the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR. His work has been toured in the US and Europe, and is included in the college text, Launching the Imagination, by McGraw/Hill Higher Education. O’Meallie has a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn in downtown Denver called Cowboy Pajamas.O’Meallie has a background in higher education (he taught art at UCCS for 9 years) and toy invention (10 years in the international market). Though known as a highly skilled object maker, his work is cited for its wry observational wit and originality.Not to be typecast, last year O’Meallie created the largest public artwork ever in the Pikes Peak Region. Working under the aegis of Manitou’s Business of Art Center, O’Meallie lead the community of Manitou Springs, using their own property, residents and cityscape, to create “The Chair Project”, a line of empty chairs over a half-mile long through the center of Manitou’s historic district, photos of which are now used to promote the city in its marketing.From O’Meallie:Things That Burn is an acknowledgment that these hand-shaped wood sculptures can combust – combustion being on the mind of late – but it’s also a double entendre.I’ve worked in wood for years though, primarily because of its physical qualities. It’s also biodegradable, renewable, and practical – you can burn it for protection, to see at night, cook with and keep warm. I happily accept wood’s cultural baggage, but I think I’d also be happy sculpting cheese for lots of the same reasons.

There are a number of ideas at play in my work which reveal a range of considerations in my explorations of perception, and discovery. There may be some social commentary – usually about identity politics and human silliness – but there is often a lot of delight and honesty in the result. The art has an idea that guides it, sometimes wholly restrained by it, sometimes not, but it reflects my relationship with time and circumstance. People say the work makes them smile and think, and delights them, too.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a “fair value” art market in Colorado Springs for what I do, but I still support and participate in the frothy mix of art and culture here. Variation is good. Contributing is also important. The art I do display in the area is usually at the request of wonderful, hopeful, hardworking people and organizations. There are many worthwhile returns in doing so. I love what Lauren and Brett are building here and I’m honored to show in their space.

“What thrills and disturbs me about Sean O’Meallie’s sculptures is their ineluctable play between surface and meaning; invitation and repulsion; direct statement and pun; light pop fancy and ponderous foreboding. With surfaces as smooth as porcelain or plastic, one can’t even be certain these sculptures are made of wood. The Jolly Green Giant’s baby’s arm raises a fuck you finger atop an architecturally rendered box in the style and palette of Michael Graves. “Because,” it seems to say before you’ve even had time to ask Why?” – Noel Black

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The Modbo is 3!

Please join us at 9 pm, Friday, June 15th, $7 suggested donation, for a very special Modbo Birthday Party.

The Modbo is 3! And once more, we’re celebrating in true Modbo fashion with a collaboration between two local bands and the students of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. This year’s local musicians are Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Andy Tanner.

Don’t miss this amazing event, featuring sets from the bands, classical performances, and two collaborative pieces! Local composer, musician,and arranger Mark Arnest will be arranging an Andy Tanner original for a select group of Colorado College Summer Music Festival participants, while Edith Makes a Paper Chain’s trombonist Jeremy Van Hoy will be doing the same for a collaboration between his band and the classical musicians.

Please don’t miss this amazing night of musical chaos, as we move quickly from band to band, ensemble to ensemble, and genre to genre (not to mention, building to building and alley to alley)!

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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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/248050  Seating is limited, don’t delay!  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or the Millibo Art Theater at 465-6321.

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WAR!

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.

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Dr. Sketchy’s is Back!!!

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, and it’s better than ever, on Sunday, March 4th! This month’s model is Gezelle Za Belle. Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served! Plus, we have special prizes from Zodiac and more!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring some first Sundays from 6:30-8:00 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, March 4th. A strongly suggested $12 donation. An open figure drawing session with a serious twist. The Modbo, 17C East Bijou.

The Modbo is pleased as punch to announce that is now an official branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and in partnership with our local burlesque troupe, Peaks and Pasties. Dr. Sketchy’s is an open figure drawing session with a twist— the models are burlesque dancers and the atmosphere is not exactly what you’d expect from a traditional art class.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement and quite possibly the coolest art class you’ll ever go to. Every month, over 3,500 people gather in nearly a hundred cities. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn by two artists. You absolutely do not need to be an artist to attend this event. For more information on Dr. Sketchy’s, go to www.drsketchy.com. For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at lolaspitfire@gmail.com. And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at themodbo@gmail.com .

This month’s session features a special afterparty—starting at 9 pm, Leonhardt and Antique Scream will be performing, all the way from Seattle! Add local favorites The Men of Deep Throat into the mix, and you’ve got one helluva night! Just $5 for those who attend Dr. Sketchy’s as well!

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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.

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, proudly announce the Fourth Annual Small Works Show. This stunning exhibit features work from over 100 local artists and is hung salon style, floor to ceiling. Voted Best Exhibition in the 2011 Gazette’s Best Of. This year’s show features over 350 works, all under 24” in every dimension, exhibited in both spaces!  Can you think of a better place to find your Holiday gifts? The opening is on Friday, December 9th, beginning at 5:30 pm and going until midnight thirty.  The Show will run through January the 13th.
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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!)

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 Learover 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.

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!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, are delighted to present a new opening, “Boys vs. Girls,” on Friday, August 12th, from 5:30 until late.  This exhibit will feature Trevor Thomas, Drew LiVigni, and Jeremy Grant in The Modbo and Jess Preble, Erin Jones, and Nina Peterson in S.P.Q.R.

The Boys in The Modbo

Drew LiVigni is primarily self taught and has worked with many types of media through the years. He is currently working in digital/mixed media.  His works are small narrative snapshots filled with nostalgia and whimsy.  Drew lives and works in Colorado Springs, is married to artist Lindsay Hand, and they are expecting their first child.

In college, Jeremy Grant began to collect pieces of junk and, drawing on his past 15 years of experience in art classes, began to assemble those found objects into wall-hanging sculptures. This means of restoring and redeeming the throw-away artifacts of society inspired him and, in this union of concept and form, Jeremy found his artistic niche. Seven years later, after receiving Bachelor degrees in Illustration and Graphic Design from John Brown University, Jeremy continues his restorative sculpture work as he plays a mild-mannered graphic designer by day and a fearless fine-artist by night. He seeks to restore the good faith of his neighbors, friends, and anyone else willing to engage with contemporary art through speaking about art in a way that is inclusive and easy to understand. Jeremy Grant’s sculpture has been featured in Colorado galleries, public spaces and online.

Trevor Thomas is a representational painter and draftsman from Colorado Springs, CO. He is a recent graduate of Colorado College (2010) with a B.A. in fine art and is currently the apprentice to Eric Bransby on a mural commission for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center [projected to be completed in fall 2011]. Trevor is also represented as a collective member of the Modbo and SPQR in downtown Colorado Springs.

Trevor has a strong foundation in figurative drawing and painting. While at Colorado College, he devoted himself to studying the figure. This involved several study abroad programs, including a three monthfigure drawing intensive at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Locally, Trevor has studied the figure with Bogdan Swider, Chris Alvarez, and Eric Bransby.

Since November 2010, Trevor has worked along side Eric Bransby on the Fine Arts Center Mural. During this time, Trevor has established a profound understanding of the figure and wall painting. Under Eric’s tutelage, Trevor is learning fresco painting practices and figure drawing intricacies. Upon completion of the mural, Trevor has aspirations to earn an MFA in painting.

The Girls at S.P.Q.R.

Nina Peterson, a member of The Modbo Collective, recently graduated from UCCS with a degree in Art History.  She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Art History as well. Her current work attempts to identify and dismantle gender stereotypes by redefining traditional gender roles and reappropriating the female nude.  The usage of two disparate mediums, paint and ball point pen, allows Nina to explore control in relation to both gender and artistic relationships. However, aesthetics are paramount to her finished work as she finds her subject matter – nude women or mutilated rabbit maxillae – to be beautiful.  Nina spends many hours sunbathing in her studio as she works under the adoring gaze of her most supportive and fluffiest fan, Fat Cat Bobby.

Erin Jones, 20, is an emerging artist native to Colorado Springs. Her role in the community started in 2003 with the non-profit youth art organization, Futureself, where she dove into countless art mediums as a student, volunteer, assistant, and teacher. She gained success in high school with enrollment into AP and IB art classes, a paid internship at the Smokebrush Foundation of the Arts, and participation in many juried art exhibitions such as Wunderkind, Scholastics, and the Young Peoples Art Exhibitions. Since then, Erin has shifted her attention to a new-found love of oil painting. With a primary focus in portraiture and figurative studies, she is inspired by the opportunity to capture one’s story by depicting scenarios just outside of reality. Erin is eager to continue creating a body of work to show in galleries across the state and country.

Jess Preble, 23, is a native Colorado artist who has spent time studying fine art and painting independently in multiple cities in Colorado as well as in San Francisco.  She currently attends Pikes Peak Community College in the Associates of Arts program. Jess has become integrated in the local artistic community recently in hopes of strengthening the presence of all forms of tactile, visual and sensory emotive expression. She is the newest member of The Modbo Collective.  Jess works full time as a figure model for various art studios and galleries, as playing muse for another seems just as pertinent as finding them for herself.  The juxtaposition of experience and personally subjective interpretation of provoked external influence has culminated in her current series of misfit portraits and cityscapes.

And Now We Are Two: The Modbo’s Second Birthday Celebration

Please join us at 9 pm, this Friday, June 17th, $5 suggested donation, for a very special Modbo Birthday Party.

Local bands Changing Colors, Constellation of Cars, and HEADHUM will perform throughout the evening, along with classical selections from this year’s Colorado College Summer Music Festival (CCSMF) participants.  Two very special collaborative pieces will also be presented.  A string quartet from the CCSMF will play with Joe Johnson and The Changing Colors on the song, “Brother Mountain,” the arrangement for which was created by Ian Bourgal of The Changing Colors.  A group of nine CCSMF students will play on a song byAndy Tanner and Kellie Palmblad of HEADHUM and Constellation of Cars.  This piece, “Lorraine,” was arranged by Mark Arnest.

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, proudly present a new second Friday opening on June 10, 2011.  The Modbo will host work by students of Modbo Art Classes over the past two years—classes which have included everything from Introduction to Drawing to Advanced Oil Painting.  This is a fabulous opportunity to see the progress of our dedicated students.

S.P.Q.R. will feature the return of the In Process Show.  For the four Fridays of this show, you will have the opportunity to watch artists at work, as they begin with a blank canvas or board and bring a work to completion by the end of the show on Friday, July 1st.  It is your chance to demystify the process of art making and to observe for yourself how different the artists’ journey can be—a mostly rare opportunity for the general public!  For the closing night, July 1st, Doug Rouse will join the fray with a speed painting performance.  Participating artists for this show include Chris Alvarez, Lorelei Beckstrom, Brett Andrus, Troy DeRose, Nina Peterson, Trevor Thomas, and Phil Lear.  You will have the opportunity to bid on the paintings, silent-auction style, throughout the course of the month of the show.  Winners will be declared at the show’s closing.

Friday, June 3rd is the closing night for the new exhibitions by Brett Andrus and Lorelei Beckstrom. Don’t miss the last opportunity to see (and purchase the few remaining pieces)  of new work by two of Colorado Springs most dynamic painters.

Also! Friday, June 3rd, 8:30 pm, $10 suggested donation, L(i)ederhosen, a night of mostly German music withJudeth Shay BurnsNisa Ari, Lauren Andrus, and Mark Arnest

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Please join us for the latest in The Modbo’s series of classical music events.  Beginning at 8:30 (so you can enjoy the other First Friday events around town beforehand!), L(i)ederhosen will offer a selection of mostly classical music, with a smattering of musical theater.  We might even have some Schnitzel.

The Modbo is proud to announce a new partnership with The Downtown Business Improvement District that has resulted in the creation of the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series.

Please join us for 2 hours of free, live music by great local bands, most Saturdays this summer from 5:30 to 7:30 pm!  A full schedule is available at www.downtown80903.com

The first concert is at 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 4th.  You’ll hear the great music of Broken Spoke and Out to Dry.  Feel free to bring a picnic!

Following this event, please join us for an Acacia Park Summer Concert Series Kickoff Party in the alley—we’ll have two bands in the alley by The Modbo and two bands in the alley just north, behind ReMax.  Starting at 7:30 pm or so, you’ll hear Anonymity Guru, Charlie Brown and the Great Gospel, Government Camp, and the Flumps.

Don’t miss this great night of fun, free music!                                                                                                                              AND!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, on Sunday, June 5th!  This month’s model is Misha Minx.  Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School:  Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring every first Sunday from 6-7:30 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, June 5th.  A strongly suggested $15 donation.  An open figure drawing session with a serious twist.

The Modbo is pleased as punch to announce that is now an official branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and in partnership with our local burlesque troupe, Peaks and Pasties.  Dr. Sketchy’s is an open figure drawing session with a twist— the models are burlesque dancers and the atmosphere is not exactly what you’d expect from a traditional art class.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement and quite possibly the coolest art class you’ll ever go to.  Ever month, over 3,500 people gather in nearly a hundred cities. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn by two artists.  You absolutely do not need to be an artist to attend this event.  For more information on Dr. Sketchy’s, go to www.drsketchy.com. For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at lolaspitfire@gmail.com.  And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at themodbo@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another busy Art filled weekend brought to you by the Modbo.  Hope to see you!

Rodney Wood is Back!!!!

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Work Shops With Rodney Wood

“ArtThrive”
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

“Artstorming”
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

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