EVENTS

Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

***UPDATE!!! For the first time ever, the Ho Ho will be held in The Modbo proper instead of its neighbor gallery, SPQR. This means seating is especially… umm… intimate. Only 40 tickets per show!  So reserve yours by emailing or calling ASAP!***


The Modbo naughtily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 9th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Lauren Ciborowski and Solveig Olsen as well as special guests Penelope Mais Oui, Holly Seidcheck, Warren Epstein, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its eighth 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
rumor has it, Santa may make a very special appearance!

Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  Doors open promptly 30 minutes before each performance and not one second before.  $15 strongly suggested donation. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or themodbo.com

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.

 

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

The Modbo jovially presents Small Works X, 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 X is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!  All pieces are under 24″ 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 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, December 1st.  The show runs through Friday, January 5th.  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 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.

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.

Off the Skin: November’s First Friday at The Modbo

Off the Skin: November’s First Friday at The Modbo

The Modbo present’s November’s First Friday on November 3rd, 2017 with “Off the Skin,” a show of art by tattoo artists from Heebee Jeebees, Nostalgia Tattoo, To The Grave, and West Side Tattoo.  First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, with live music by local hip-hop group BullHead*ded at 9:30 pm, and the show remains up through Friday, November 17th. Don’t miss this dynamic show full of art by some very talented local artists– whether they are working on the skin or off!

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.

 

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Please join us for an evening of wine, dessert, and Shakespeare– it’s the official launch for a brand new theatrical venture, Bijou Shakes! The brainchild of local director, producer and actor Max Ferguson, and in partnership with impresario Lauren Ciborowski of The Modbo, this new festival will feature site specific full length Shakespeare in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs during the summer of 2018.

Join us at The Modbo starting at 8 pm on Friday, September 22nd, for libations, information, prognostication, and some brief performances by award winning local actors. Amy Brooks, Sarah Shaver, Jessica Parnello and Max Ferguson will offer a selection of monologues and scenes with an interesting twist– just as Bijou Shakes will reimagine Art Alley as a performance venue, we give you the opportunity to reimagine these local theatre artists by enjoying them in roles they might not normally be considered for. Actors, lovers of theater, and all arts supporters are welcome to learn more about this exciting new project.  RSVP to bijoushakes@gmail.com

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

EPHEMERA by Tony Achilles

EPHEMERA by Tony Achilles

The Modbo presents September’s First Friday on September 1st, 2017 with “EPHEMERA,” a show of work by Tony Achilles, generously sponsored by Colorado Foot and Ankle. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, September 29th.

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.

About our sponsor:

“EPHEMERA” by Tony Achilles is proudly brought to you by Dr. Eric Gessner of Colorado Foot and Ankle.  With two locations in Colorado Springs, Colorado Foot and Ankle provides patients the best foot and ankle care in Colorado.  Their experience in podiatry is coupled with a genuine concern for their patients.   More information available at www.cofootandankle.com .

About “EPHEMERA”:

“Beauty is a fleeting experience. It is both personal, as it is a projection of ourselves, and a chance encounter, since one never knows when one will come upon it, or when it will suddenly emerge into one’s space, for a moment. Beauty comes in many forms, and it is present everywhere- in the dark as well as in the light. Beauty is, by its nature, ephemeral.  I am moved by sensual beauty, like many of us, and femininity seems to me to be the very womb of sensuality. I find photos from the golden years of Burlesque, when women were just starting to shake off the constraints of Victorian morality, to capture the essence of feminine sensuality in a way that seems sublime from the vantage point of the 21st century, when femininity itself is commoditized, and its soft edges are trimmed away. The photos I have found from that brief era have been my inspiration for these paintings, and those beautiful women, who emerged into our space, for a moment, have been my muses. This body of work pays homage to that, most ephemeral, form of beauty.” –by Tony Achilles

About the artist:

Tony Achilles is an oil painter, illustrator, mural artist, and art teacher, born and raised in Denver Colorado, and is presently working from his studio in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver.  Though having studied under master painters, 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 business, restaurants, and private homes, throughout Denver, and surrounding areas.

Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator Ron Campbell comes to The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.!

Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator Ron Campbell comes to The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. giddily present a joint pop up show featuring Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine animator and Beatles Saturday morning television cartoon series director.  The artist will appear live, painting, exhibiting, selling, and talking about his work at both galleries on Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20th.  Hours of the show are as follows: Friday, August 18th, 4 pm til 8 pm.  Saturday, August 19th, noon til 6 pm.  Sunday, August 20th, noon til 4 pm.

In addition to live painting, the legendary animator and director will be exhibiting his Beatles cartoon art as well as artwork featuring other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50 year career, such as Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.

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

About Ron Campbell: Born in 1939 in Seymore, a small town in the Australian state of Victoria, educated at Swinburne Art Institute in Melbourne, Ron Campbell was a force in animation for five decades.

Campbell began his animation career in the late fifties, soon working on Beetle Bailey, Krazy Kat, and Cool McCool, directing the spectacularly successful TV cartoon series The Beatles. The show debuted on 25 September 1965, and remained number one in the ratings for the duration of its four-year run. He later wrote the forward to the book Beatletoons: The Real Story Behind The Cartoon Beatles, where his involvement in the show is also talked about extensively.

He then moved to the United States and Hanna-Barbera, going on to write and produce cartoons for Sesame Street and animate on the original George of the Jungle and Tom Slick TV shows.  His Hollywood studio, Ron Campbell Films, Inc., produced and directed the animation for the Big Blue Marble, which won many awards including a Peabody for Excellence in Broadcasting and an Emmy for Best Children’s Show of the Year.

In the late 60’s Ron Campbell, working with his friend and colleague Duane Crowther (RIP), animated many scenes in the Beatles Yellow Submarine feature film, including the Sea of Time sequence, and much of the action between the Chief Blue Meanie and his boot-licking sidekick, Max.  He animated many scenes involving the multi-named Jeremy Hillary Boob PHD aka the Nowhere Man. In Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax’s 2004 memoir Up Periscope Yellow, chronicling the making of Yellow Submarine, Brodax accredits Campbell for essentially helping pull together various elements of the movie.

In the early 1980s, he storyboarded Hanna-Barbera’s hit series, The Smurfs, including the Emmy-award winning “Smurfolympics” special.  Also, during the 70’s and 80’s, Campbell was the line producer and story editor for the hit European children’s show ‘The Smoggies’ and produced, directed, animated, or storyboarded numerous other hit shows of the era, including the Flintstones, Jetsons, Captain Caveman, and Scooby Doo.  Ron was part of the original team the created the Scooby Doo series.

The 1990’s took Ron Campbell to Disney TV Animation where he contracted animation direction and storyboarded on Bonkers, Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, and Winnie the Pooh.  His studio produced publicity films for Disney.  He also spent much of the decade storyboarding for the Rugrats, Rocket Power, and the bizarre adult cartoon, Duckman.  During that time, he was nominated for an Emmy for a storyboard for Aaahh! Real Monsters, and another for the Rugrats.

Since retiring after a 50 year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen.  With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries internationally and across the USA.

O’Meallie at The Modbo

O’Meallie at The Modbo

The Modbo presents August’s First Friday on August 4th, 2017 with “O’Meallie,” a show of new work by Sean O’Meallie that manages to be both beautiful and humorous.  First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, August 25th.  There will be sporadic and roving sound improvisation by Joseph Dugan. There will be a free artist’s talk on Friday, August 25th, at 5:30 pm.

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.

Quoth Sean O’Meallie: “This show is about relevant cultural issues and color and form.”

Artist Statement – I spent ten years inventing toy concepts for the international market. Many of the things I observed as an object conceptualist appealing to pre-linguistic children and wary parents are now part of my art making, such as involuntary modes of visual perception and the likelihood of a viewer’s cultural predisposition. I play with these things, usually in recombinant and disruptive ways with the goal of rearranging the furniture in one’s head in new, surprising ways. It’s fun to puzzle out and keeps me busy.  My work is usually painted wood. The wood mostly holds up the paint and takes up space in the room. Wood’s a wonderful medium; familiar, touchable, renewable. I imagine it could be anything behind the paint doing the job though, like dirt or cheese. –Sean O’Meallie

Bio – Sean O’Meallie has a background in higher education and toy invention, but is known for creating eye-catching thought provoking painted wood sculptures. His sculptures are held in numerous public, private and museum collections, and have been toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is included in Launching the Imagination, a university teaching text on art and design. Cowboy Pajamas, a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstracted cowboy with his guns drawn is located in downtown Denver, and he is the creator of The Manitou Chair Project, a social artwork completed in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 2011 using only the town’s possessions for a four hour, 1/2 mile long installation down its historic main street. Additional public commissions include Balloon Man Running, a 32’ tall permanent sculpture of a running balloon figure for the RTD Central Park Station in Denver, CO., which was named Best New Public Artwork of 2017 by Denver’s Westword newspaper.

O’Meallie’s work has won numerous awards and recognitions. The Manitou Chair Project was named as the Best Temporary Artwork in the state in 2011. In 2015, Poly Poly, a temporary outdoor installation of inflated vinyl toy parrots in downtown Colorado Springs was awarded the top prize in the Art On The Streets competition and was recognized nationally by Americans For The Arts for inclusion in the 2015 Public Art Network (PAN) citing it’s originality and affective social engagement. O’Meallie was born and raised in New Orleans and attended the University of New Orleans from 1973-1977 studying under Howard Jones, Tom Young, George Rowan and Doyle Gertjejansen. He was studio assistant for noted New Orleans artist Ida Kohlmeyer before relocating to Colorado.  In the 1980’s and 90’s, working out of New York and Colorado Springs, O’Meallie invented toy concepts for the international marketplace. During this time he also taught studio art at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

July’s First Friday – Arcade Addicts by Dave Mansfield

July’s First Friday – Arcade Addicts by Dave Mansfield

The Modbo presents July’s First Friday on July 7th, 2017 with “Arcade Addicts” by Doug Mansfield– a show of fun, poppy, arcade themed art. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, July 28th. 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.

“Arcade Addicts” is a nostalgic tour through artist Doug Mansfield’s childhood. Before Atari 2600, which allowed you to play video games at home, you had to go to the arcade game room. Says Mansfield, “I used to get $2.00 allowance each week, and I would spend it all at the Red baron game room that was right behind my house in the Circle East Mall.” Mansfield wanted to capture the fun and excitement that he felt when he played those games– they took him to another world. This show features 14 new original paintings, along with a host of merchandise ranging from 2.25″ buttons to greeting cards, all bearing the images designed by the artist. There will also be swag bags for the early arrivers.

Doug Mansfield is an artist, illustrator and musician working and living in Colorado Springs. Doug has played in bands and created art since the late 1980’s but most notably known for being the guitar player and songwriter for the underground Punk Rock band The Mansfields. Since 1998 The Mansfields have been writing, recording, and touring creating a brand of music that they live and love. Underground Punk Rock, Cartoons, Lowbrow, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Tattoos, & Monsters have been the inspiration for Doug’s art and music. “I just want to create some cool art that inspires people. This is a lifestyle that I love to create and exist in,” says Mansfield. Doug works mostly with acrylic paint on panel but also likes illustration and photography.