Colorado Springs Art Gallery
We are a local downtown Colorado Springs art gallery known for its art showcases, events, large offerings of Colorado artwork for sale and many others from outside of it. Our gallery is a warm, intimate, showroom perfect for purchasing or viewing some of the best art in Colorado. Currently we list and display a diverse range of mediums including paintings, sculpture, sketches, mixed media, and more. So select a few pieces for your home or enjoy our fresh and contemporary selection of art exhibits, all hand selected by our curator, because no matter what you enjoy we have it. Modern, western, impressionist, pop, rustic, or local Colorado Springs art, you’ll always find something truly wonderful at the Modbo.
The Modbo presents October’s First Friday: The Mussorgsky Project: Pictures at an Exhibition Reimagined, with art by Phil Lear and musical collaborations throughout the month. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, October 5th. The show runs through Friday, October 26th. There will be live musical collaborations on First Friday, Friday the 19th, and Friday the 26th. The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at email@example.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240. Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote his famous piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” in 1874. An artist friend named Viktor Hartmann had just died suddenly, and plunged into despair, Mussorgsky and other friends of Hartmann staged a memorial exhibition of hundreds of Hartmann’s works. This became the inspiration for Mussorgky’s composition. The much beloved classical piece was originally written for solo piano, but quickly after its premiere was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, and then rearranged for other instruments in countless versions over the years. For such a well known piece, gallerist and classical pianist Lauren Ciborowski has always found it to be a bit odd that the works by Hartmann which inspired it are… not terribly interesting. In her opinion. Says Ciborowski, “They aren’t bad, per se, but nothing about them seems awe-inspiring enough to have sparked such creative genius in Mussorgsky.” It is out of that musing that Ciborowski decided to embark on a pet project that she’s always wanted to do– showing an exhibit of art more worthy of Pictures at an Exhibition. She sought out acclaimed local painter Phil Lear, and he agreed to take on this unusual project. Says Lear, “It’s...
The Modbo presents November’s First Friday: Texture: New Art by Susan Tormoen. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, November 2nd. The show runs through Friday, November 23rd. The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, themodbo.com, or 633-4240. Colorado Springs artist Susan Tormen initially studied philosophy at Carleton College and Lake Forest College. As she was finishing those studies as a young mother, she took a few art classes. At that point, Tormoen focused on watercolor, but after moving here from Wisconsin and taking a workshop from Pueblo artist Fran Dodd, she became enamored of pastel. She loved the colors and the what became possible with the stroke of a pastel stick. Recently, however, Tormoen renewed her acquaintance with oil, and the pallet knife as her instrument of choice. Says Tormoen, “The visual impact of color is the main objective of my work. I use complimentary colors often to facilitate this, and I depend exclusively on a pallet knife to apply them. If I mix my colors from a tube of paint, I do so only partially, leaving streaks of pure color in the stoke.” In this new body of work, “Texture,” the artist has applied layers upon layers of paint, leaving some of the original color to show through. She has taken advantage of the texture of the first application, and the way the knife glides over tisi with its new color. The result is a visual impact on the viewer which hopefully achieves a pleasure similar to the artist’s satisfaction in the work.
NOW that’s what I call art
This art is a wonderful example of art from this period of art production. Some say its the best of those arts while others reserve judgement. First painted by world renowned art guy “Arty” it has since been aged like fine wine and had a fancy frame put around it to enhance its aesthetic assault on your taste.
Birds of a Feather
Put together as a tribute for the great “hair de jur” of 1890 this piece features exquisite use of water color, crayon color, and sun color, truly displaying the mastery of the artist and his wide range of talents. The authors identity remains a mystery to this day but some say it was the work of a poor farm boy in the Mississippi Delta who learned to read by way of twig bundling.