CALLS FOR ARTISTS

Get involved in the Colorado Springs local art community! We have only one or two calls for artists a year.  For sure, you should submit to our Annual Small Works show, which opens the first Friday in December, and the call for which is usually two weeks prior.  Other calls happen occasionally… check below to see if we have one coming up!

August’s First Friday at The Modbo: The Ocean Between the Waves by Shannon Dunn

August’s First Friday at The Modbo: The Ocean Between the Waves by Shannon Dunn

The Modbo presents August’s First Friday: “The Ocean Between the Waves,” new work by Shannon Dunn.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, August 3rd. The show runs through Friday, August 31st, and there will be a free artist’s talk at 5:30 on the 31st. 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 themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

In the painting series, “The Ocean Between the Waves,” Shannon Dunn explores the human experience mirrored through the metaphor of water. The same water that covers 70% of planet earth composes up to 70% of the human body. Humans have a connection with the ocean in both a physical and spiritual way. Water has the ability to both reflect and distort reality.  The ocean encompasses a host of opposites that mirror life: Fear and Fascination, Light and Dark, Reflection and Reality, Surface and Depth, Life and Death. Through this series, the artist aims to inspire the viewer to look deeper past the surface of life to see what lies beneath.

A Chicago-area native, Shannon Dunn attended Illinois State University where she studied Art and Education.  Shannon’s painting style is inspired by her background in printmaking and her love for stylized, simplified drawings.  Never one to stick to a single medium, Shannon paints in oils, ink, acrylic, and resin. While her work is largely focused on the human figure, she draws inspiration from the natural world, observations of social behavior and her spiritual beliefs. Shannon’s work has been shown in various exhibitions throughout the Pikes Peak Region.  She currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and two children.

 

July’s First Friday at The Modbo: Up in Smoke by Jann Vail

July’s First Friday at The Modbo: Up in Smoke by Jann Vail

The Modbo presents July’s First Friday: “Up in Smoke,” a show of humorous fiber art and mixed media by Jann Vail. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, July 6th. The show runs through Friday, July 27th. Additionally, TILLIVERY, Till’s chef-prepared food delivery service, will be offering tastings of their new menu during the opening reception– savory items at SPQR, dessert at The Modbo. 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 themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Born in Walsenburg, Colorado, as the middle child in a family of seven children, Jann Vail discovered and fell in love with ceramics in college.  While on summer break one year, she got a job in a ceramics studio working for the woman who would eventually become her mother-in-law. Shortly thereafter, Jann and her husband Tom (also an artist) moved to Los Angeles, where he was going to school, and where she got a job on Rodeo Drive.  This didn’t last for long; soon the Vails left for Berkeley to live with friends who were working in the art studios at the University. The art scene was thrilling, and Jann was happy to be a part of it, learning and working in many different media. Including, interestingly enough, food– at one point, Jann and a friend had a home business called Chubbies Bakery where they catered openings and sold cookies at fairs while dressed in costume.  1974 saw the Vails moving back to Colorado to raise three beautiful girls, and they’ve now been married for fifty years.

About “Up in Smoke”:

“It all started with a cigar box.  I have a collection of cigar boxes and miniatures, and one day I said, ‘I need to do something with these cigar boxes.’  At the time, I was into knitting, and one cigar led to another and another and another. If I can knit cigars, why not try to make some fiber cigarettes, so I did.  Then came the ashtrays, and thus “Up in Smoke” came about. This show is a representation of some of the things I like working with– small things, yarn and boxes. I can’t say I have a “vision” or deep thoughts about the things I make, but one thing for sure, I find myself chuckling when I place a felted cigarette into a vintage ashtray.  Might as well have fun making art– a sense of humor about art is what works for me.” –Jann Vail

June’s First Friday at The Modbo: REMIX, REWORK, REFRAME by Cymon Padilla

June’s First Friday at The Modbo: REMIX, REWORK, REFRAME by Cymon Padilla

The Modbo presents June’s First Friday: “REMIX, REWORK, REFRAME” by Cymon Padilla. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, June 1st with live music by My Name Is Harriett at 9 pm. The show runs through Friday, June 29th. 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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

REMIX, REWORK, REFRAME is a continuation of Cymon Padilla’s series on the work of artist Jean-Auguste-Dominque Ingres, and also includes several new paintings which explore themes of nostalgia, memory, history, and pop culture.  NIneteenth century French neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres drew and painted portraits which possess subtle anatomical distortions, simultaneously giving his figures a sense of vitality as well as an otherworldly cartoonishness. In this series, Padilla pays homage to Ingres by pushing those distortions near the breaking point. The figures are warped and collaged with digital tools, and then painted using traditional methods employed by Ingres in his own time. Not only is the figurative/spatial axis distorted, but also the temporal one — mixed with portraits of French nobility already dead by the late 1800’s are products from twentieth century advertising, fragments of cartoons from Padilla’s own childhood, and visual elements pulled from digital culture.  Each piece in this series is a lense through which we can appreciate the artistic achievements of the past and also a mirror that reflects our own disorienting present.

Cymon Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. These interests crystallized in his first oil painting class at Pikes Peak Community College,  where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012. His work exploits traditional oil painting techniques to explore the worlds of art history and pop culture.

 

May’s First Friday at The Modbo: Perceptual Set by Jess Preble

May’s First Friday at The Modbo: Perceptual Set by Jess Preble

The Modbo presents May’s First Friday: “Perceptual Set” by Jess Preble. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, May 4th. The show runs through Friday, May 25th, with a free artist’s talk at 5:30 on that night. 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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the show: “Perceptual set” is a phrase used to describe our tendency to unconsciously censor the world around us to suit our expectations. We generally see what we want or expect to see. Our current world’s sociological and political climate is no exception to this rule. Flooded by sensory input that is algorithmically filtered by our own actions, it becomes effortless to slip into a spiral of reciprocating perception. “Perceptual Set” is an analysis of the macro and micro: minuscule viruses that wiped out populations, a sweeping vista of our small planet from space, nebulae where stars and life are born, and a few of the seven wonders of the world– some of our greatest architectural achievements dwarfed in size by the precious brevity of our fragile existence. It is important to consider how small we are, and rejoice in our fleeting place in the universe.

Born in Greeley, Colorado in 1988, Jess Preble has spent time studying art in San Francisco, Austin, TX, and Colorado. Although working primarily in oil paint, her artistic experience ranges across all mediums of creation, and also includes a background in curating and teaching. She now resides in Colorado Springs and is available for private commissions or gallery collection proposals.

April’s First Friday: Envisage by Nicole Beck

April’s First Friday: Envisage by Nicole Beck

The Modbo presents April’s First Friday: a gorgeous show of female portraiture by Nicole Beck entitled “Envisage.” The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, April 6th.  The show runs through Friday, April 27th.  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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

In her new series, Nicole Beck seeks to present to the viewer two views of female portraiture, blending the modern and contemporary. Long a major source of inspiration for artists, women are generally depicted as either beacons of innocence or liberation: Saint or Siren. Beck’s paintings explore individuality, leaving the viewer freedom in how they wish to view the subjects in each painting. As a collection of paintings of self, friends, family and acquaintances, the painter tries to infuse respect for individuality and identity into each piece.

Nicole Beck, from Memphis Tennessee, is a recent addition to the Colorado Springs art community, beginning to establish her painting career soon after moving into the area. She originally earned a minor in fine art at Mississippi State University, where she was blessed to sit under painting and drawing instructors who continue to be an influence in her creative process. Recently establishing a permanent drawing/ painting studio in the city, Nicole continues to primarily explore portraiture, figure studies, and abstract experimentalism. When not painting, Nicole works part-time as a NICU nurse, and enjoys cooking, reading, and wandering around CO with her husband and Tamaskan dog.

 

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

The Modbo presents March’s First Friday: “Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler.” The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, March 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by My Name is Harriett.  The show runs through Friday, March 30th.  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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

“Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler” explores the theme of femininity. Although both artists created within the same theme, they worked separately to make their own bodies of work. The result is a collection of drawings by Flores and mixed media pieces by Bratzler that illustrate quiet moments of femininity. In her new body of work, Flores captures moments, people and objects that are — while not necessarily exclusive to women — representative of her experiences as a woman. Within her continued work for Visual Supply Company, Bratzler reviews thousands of sexualized images — i.e. deletes inappropriate dick pics — and as a way of coping with the emotional labor, she creates piercing portraits with colorful ornamentation.

Christine Flores is an artist living in her hometown of Colorado Springs. Inspired by storybooks, cartoons, and scientific imagery, she works primarily with dry media on paper to document and illustrate the joys and pains of her personal life. Using her art as a form of storytelling, she aims to connect with people in an intimate and tender way that is reminiscent of looking through a photo album with loved ones. As an art student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and a gallery assistant at the Galleries of Contemporary Art, Flores dedicates most of her time to art, but she also enjoys climbing, hiking, biking, and taking care of her plants.

Riley Marlene Bratzler is a local printmaker, photographer and mixed-media artist. In 2013, Bratzler worked for Visual Supply Company, a creative start up. As a curator there, she selected various photographer’s work for both print and digital publications. She trained under Holly Garlow at Ragged Print Co., which jump started her love of printmaking. With her use of both representational and linear patterns, Bratzler creates vibrant prints that emphasize the female form. When not in the studio, Bratzler enjoys traveling, trying new food, and rock climbing.

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “The Holes in My Heart,” new art by Jo Carol Ciborowski. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, February 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn.  The show runs through Friday, February 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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the artist:

After studying art at Western Maryland College, Jo Carol dabbled in art projects throughout her years as a peripatetic Army spouse and the mom of two fabulous daughters, the most notable being the metamorphosis of a rural medical clinic in Plato, Missouri, into a cozy home.  Upon settling in Colorado Springs in 1996, she began pursuing art and taking numerous classes and workshops.  In 2000, she took a headlong plunge to make the “artist” title official by renting her first studio, and 17 years later, she now creates art at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along with the 80 other artists who have studios there.

Jo Carol has frequently taught art to students of all ages– from preschoolers to senior citizens.  She most recently taught art to developmentally disabled adults for two years.  In her own art, Jo Carol delves into psychological issues as a way of processing life’s vicissitudes.  Her art has been juried into numerous shows in Colorado Springs, including several solo shows.  Her work graces collections across the country, especially in states where her relatives reside.

About “Holes in My Heart”

The heart, that which pumps life-blood throughout our body, has become over the centuries a symbol of the central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head wisdom of reason.  In ancient Egypt, the heart represented life-essence and those who were mummified had their hearts preserved.  Some speculate the modern heart symbol was derived around 3,000 BC from the shape of the silphium plant seed, a common herbal contraceptive.  The heart emoticon made its first appearance in 1977 with the hugely popular “I ‘heart’ NY” ad campaign.  

Today, the heart as a symbol has a myriad of meanings: compassion, understanding, life-giving, longing, affection, the complex seat of our emotions.  “The Holes in My Heart” explores ways to observe our heart experiences– both our heart-joys and our heartbreaks– ways to observe without judgement and ways to accept fully all of our heart experiences.  Because that’s what makes us human.

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 10, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

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 with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 1st, 2017  in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 5th.

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

Young Hot Sh*ts

Young Hot Sh*ts

The Modbo presents October’s First Friday on October 6th, 2017 with Young Hot Sh*ts, a show featuring work by young artists aged 17-25. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, October 27th. In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show features work in a wide range of sizes and media, all created by local youngsters. Don’t miss your chance to see the next wave of up-and-coming talent in Colorado Springs!

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

The Modbo proudly presents a rare call for artists for the upcoming Young Hot Sh*ts show!  In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show seeks work in all media from creatives aged 17-25.  There is no size or media limitation, but preference will be given to works that can hang on the wall, due to space constraints. Just $5 to enter up to three pieces.  All work must be brought to The Modbo, in the alley at 17C E. Bijou, 80903, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th.  

All work must be ready to hang, with two points of attachment, such as d-rings or screw eyes on the back. A frame isn’t absolutely necessary, but sturdiness is– for example, paper with two sticky tabs on the back will not suffice. A panel of jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, October 5th. The show will open on Friday, October 6th.  Questions? Call Lauren at 633-4240 or email themodbo@gmail.com