EVENTS

Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

The Modbo Goes on Hiatus

I’m sorry to say that I’ve decided to close temporarily due to COVID. My current plan is to open in February, but it’s of course impossible to promise. For me, the beauty of The Modbo lies in the interaction between the patrons and the artists, the patrons and the art, the art and the artists, etc. Online is a paltry facsimile for that model of art experience, and I’m frankly not up for a foray into that realm. This means that Small Works is unfortunately not happening this year. It would be a social distancing nightmare. I’m sure it’s possible, somehow, but it boggles the mind. Those of you who have experienced intake or opening night can imagine what I’m talking about here. Also, sales for Small Works have declined in the past few years, leading me to wonder about its ongoing relevancy and if it is still a worthwhile endeavor. I’ll update here when I decide to reopen, but regardless, stay safe and well, and remember that no matter what: You Need Art. Art Needs You.

Ruefully,

Lauren Ciborowski, Owner and Impresario

A Show Featuring All of the Unclaimed Art That Has Ended up in The Modbo Closet of Shame Since 2009

A Show Featuring All of the Unclaimed Art That Has Ended up in The Modbo Closet of Shame Since 2009

The Modbo is not too proud to present October’s First Friday exhibit: “All of the Unclaimed Art That Has Ended up in The Modbo Closet of Shame Since 2009.”  This is a show featuring all the unclaimed art that has ended up in The Modbo closet of shame since 2009.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 8 pm on Friday,October 2nd.  During opening hours, guests must wear masks inside the space, and will only be allowed in a few people at a time.  The show runs through Friday, October 30th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open by appointment or via personalized FaceTime tour.  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.

Poems & Fragments: Art by Margaret Kasahara in September

Poems & Fragments: Art by Margaret Kasahara in September

The Modbo proudly presents September’s First Friday exhibit: “Poems & Fragments” by Margaret Kasahara.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 8 pm on Friday, September 4th.  During opening hours, guests must wear masks inside the space, and will only be allowed in a few people at a time.  The show runs through Friday, September 25th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open by appointment or via personalized FaceTime tour.  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.

Margaret Kasahara was born in New York City, raised in Boulder, Colorado and currently resides in Colorado Springs. She received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she graduated second in her class. She has exhibited her artwork in solo exhibitions at the Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo, Colorado; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Center for Visual Art in Denver, Colorado; the Denver Art Museum, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in gallery shows throughout the United States and in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the inclusion in private and corporate collections, her artwork has been selected for public commissions including a mural for the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department and Municipal Court Facility; and paint design for the production of Anton Chekhov’s, “The Seagull”, at Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, CO. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, Colorado. 

“My work is an exploration of identity. I’m responding to daily life, serendipitous connections, and the poetry of everyday things. My perspectives on identity encompass thoughts from unity and belonging, a sense of place and the passage of time, to ideas regarding the mutability of identity itself. I love the process of discovery and looking for what’s possible. I’m searching for the essence of things.

The Notation series of drawings are contemplative works that bring voice to the quiet moments of everyday life. They are spaces to share observations, discover interconnectedness and reveal innermost thoughts. The small scale encourages careful looking and reflects the intimate and introspective nature of the work. 

“Poems & Fragments” is a selection of work inspired by everyday experiences and observations – from calm familiar routine to wildly unprecedented events. The pieces were created in the spirit of sharing personal perspectives and in seeing familiar objects in unexpected ways. I’m celebrating the beauty and symbolic strength of individual grains of rice, relating coronavirus concerns through pins and thread, and expressing our connected humanity and everyday wonder with humble pencil. I’m drawn to the relatability and honesty of commonplace things and delight in revealing their expressive potential.” 

www.margaretkasahara.com @mkasahara_art 

 

Modern Storytellers by JayCee Beyale and Gregg Deal

Modern Storytellers by JayCee Beyale and Gregg Deal

The Modbo is excited to present a short and modified First Friday experience for August: Modern Storytellers by JayCee Beyale and Gregg Deal.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 8 pm on Friday, August 7th.  During opening hours, guests must wear masks inside the space, and will only be allowed in a few people at a time.  The show runs through Friday, August 28th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open by appointment or via personalized FaceTime tour.  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.

JayCee Beyale grew up in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, and received his BFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico.  He currently manages a screen printing and embroidery shop in Colorado Springs and often participates in collaborative murals and other art projects with fellow organizations and artists.  JayCee’s connection to his aboriginal culture is heavily influenced by his involvement in the arts; his personal identity and background have always been present in his work because he is proud of who he is and where he comes from.  His career as an artist started when he discovered street art and graffiti. He is deeply influenced by music, and is certain that without music, his art would not exist.  Combining traditional indigenous ideologies and his personal Buddhist practice, JayCee is always striving to emphasize the concepts and convictions in his art.  Using a combination of spray paints and acrylics, he hopes to share his beliefs by celebrating the fusion of technology and Indigenous culture in his work. JayCee aspires to illustrate the Laws of Movement, Unity and Impermanence in his work.

Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist who challenges Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history and stereotypes. Through his work—paintings, murals, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories of decolonization and appropriation that affect Indian country. Deal’s activism exists in his art, as well as his participation in political movements

We Aren’t Closing, But We Aren’t Open

Dear Kind (and kindof) Art Supporters,

First off, I promise The Modbo isn’t closing.  But we are on an indefinite hiatus due to mandatory corona virus inspired closures.  April and May’s First Fridays are definitely postponed.  And, it’s probably obvious, we don’t have any open hours right now.  As soon as I am able to legally schedule a First Friday opening, I will do so, and I’ll update that information here.  In the meantime, we do not currently have an e-commerce platform, though if you are seeking a connection to any artist I’ve shown in the past, I’m happy to make it for you.  If you’re itching to do some good, you could always give The Modbo a good rating on google or facebook.  Then I’ll have more good ratings, and I’ll like you more.  Thanks for thinking of us, if you were, and good luck to you and yours, until we meet again.

You (still) Need Art.  Art (still) Needs You.

Lauren

Mrs. Gladys Merriweather’s Young Ladies’ Guide to Venereal Etiquette: A Cabaret

Mrs. Gladys Merriweather’s Young Ladies’ Guide to Venereal Etiquette: A Cabaret

The Modbo presents a satirical and hilarious cabaret, just in time for leap day: “Mrs. Gladys Merriweather’s Young Ladies’ Guide to Venereal Etiquette.”  You’ll have a chance to hear pearls of wisdom from Gladys Merriweather herself, as well as some appropriately dirty and funny songs from Solveig Olsen, Wendy Mike, Claire Swinford, Lauren Ciborowski, and comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn.  Two short performances on Saturday, February 29th, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903. $15 strongly suggested donation. Doors open one half hour before each respective performance, and not a minute sooner. Seating is extremely limited and walk-ins rarely get seats, so reserve your tickets by emailing themodbo@gmail.com or by calling 633-4240.  Adults only please. 

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 or on weekends. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

it’s the small things: new art by josh cantalope

it’s the small things: new art by josh cantalope

The Modbo presents March’s First Friday: “it’s the little things,” by josh cantalope.  Josh uses thinned acrylic paints and an abundance of tape, creating sharp, modernist lines and stark depictions.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 11 pm on Friday, March 6th. The show runs through Friday, March 27th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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. 

Initially using painting as an outlet to establish a legacy, it’s been a trial and error based progression to develop the current style Josh ‘Cantalope’ Castillo prides himself on. With roots based in South Texas, Josh later found himself in Colorado, where not only was the change of style evident, but so was the inspiration. With the help from talented photographer friends, vintage signs that line the weird mountain town he resides, or just a photo taken while traveling, Josh uses thinned acrylic paints and an abundance of tape to give seemingly small moments a lifetime of recognition. 

Not interested in cliches or being perceived as “deep,” Josh simply paints what he wants. Whether that’s inspired by his cat longing to put her instincts to use or just a man reading the local paper, Josh hopes the pieces in this show may trigger a familiar, if not nostalgic, feeling within the viewer, helping us take into consideration that sometimes everyday life deserves to be glorified. 

 

I See London: a group show about underwear.

I See London: a group show about underwear.

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “I See London,” a group show about underwear.  Featuring art by: Brett Andrus, Riley Bratzler, Lupita Carrasco, Shannon Dunn, Phil Lear, Christian Medovich, Wendy Mike, Cymon Padilla, Jess Preble, Angie Schwickerath, and Claire Swinford.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until 11 pm on Friday, February 7th. The show runs through Friday, February 28th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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.

The Modbo Ho Ho 2019: An R-Rated Christmas Cabaret

The Modbo Ho Ho 2019: An R-Rated Christmas Cabaret

The Modbo cheekily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 14th, please join Cabaret Mistress Lauren Ciborowski as well as special guests Colin Christie, Swelter and Burn, Jessie Oliver, Holly Seidcheck, Hazel Humdinger, Cherry Glitterbomb, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Delaney Davis, Wendy Mike, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, Jo Carol Ciborowski and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its tenth year, The Modbo Ho Ho is an irreverent and festive romp through the holidays, including mostly tawdry songs, some dance, and a few brief moments of holiday earnestness.  And if we’re lucky, a very… self-expressed… Santa may pay us a visit.  Don’t miss the show that one person on facebook said was “better than ‘Cats’!”  

Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  $15 strongly suggested donation. Doors open one half hour before each respective performance, and not a minute sooner.  Seating is extremely limited, so reserve your tickets by emailing themodbo@gmail.com or by calling 633-4240.  Adults only please. 

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 or on weekends. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Image by Greg Stones.

Small Works XII at The Modbo and SPQR!

Small Works XII at The Modbo and SPQR!

The Modbo and SPQR Art Space jovially present Small Works Twelve, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 500 pieces of art (!!!) by nearly 150 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular, salon-style display. A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works Twelve is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you! All pieces are under 18″ in every dimension. Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The opening reception is from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, December 6th. The show runs through Friday, January 3rd. Check facebook or themodbo.com for other hours throughout the month. The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240, themodbo@gmail.com 

The galleries are located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17B and 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.

Small Works Hours 2019:

If you can’t find a time that works for you below, please call 633-4240 to set up an appointment!

Friday, 12.6.19: opening reception, 5:30 pm til 11 pm

Tuesday, 12.10.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Wednesday, 12.11.19: 2 pm til 8 pm (downtown holiday stroll!)

Thursday, 12.12.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Friday, 12.13.19: 4 pm til 7 pm

Tuesday, 12.17.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Wednesday, 12.18.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Thursday, 12.19.19, 2 pm til 5 pm

Friday, 12.20.19, 4 pm til 7 pm

Saturday, 12.21.19: noon til 5 pm— last chance before Christmas!

Friday, 12.27.19: 4 pm til 7 pm

Friday, 1.3.20: 5:30 pm til 10 pm— last chance to see the show!