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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,, 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 .


“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,, 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,, 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,, 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.

Ivory Deville with Della Grazie at The Modbo

On Wednesday night, echoparkID4May 31st, join us for a night of music at The Modbo! LA-based band Ivory Deville will be joined by new local project Della Grazie.  Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.  $5-7 suggested donation.  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,, or 633-4240.

Los Angeles band Ivory Deville produces an uncommon swagger and juxtaposition of sound that hits its stride at the intersection of honky tonk, glam rock, and mid-century rock and roll. Born out of the raucous beer joints and restless bones of the Plains, and warmly branded by soaring female harmonies from the California coast, Ivory Deville is an authentic roadhouse band for our time.  Local electronic pop duo Della Grazie is comprised of indie rocker Kellie Palmblad and visual artist Brett Andrus, reformed after a reclusive existential crisis in 2016.  The electronic pop duo replaces rock trio with experimental electronic sounds of decadent dream pop reflecting sultry postmodern disappointment.

June’s First Friday– Rig Drawings: Streeter Wright

The Modbo presents June’s First Friday on June 2nd, 2017 with “Rig Drawings” by Streeter Wright.  First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, June 30th.  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,, or 633-4240.

Streeter Wright grew up in Tulsa, OK and came to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College.  He started working on an oil rig at the age of 20, while majoring in art at CC.  There was an aesthetic to the drilling rig that Streeter found to be unique and alien to the rest of the world. Life on the rig was one of duality; live to work, work to live. Every two weeks family was traded for crew, and crew for family. He began documenting the beauty he found in this strange double life.  He would work for 14 days in Rifle, Colorado, with twelve hour shifts (days or nights) in all weather conditions.  His 14 days off were spent with his thoughts and his studio in Colorado Springs.  Featuring immaculately detailed graphite drawings, “Rig Drawings” is the result of Streeter’s time on the rig.

May Showcase – JayCee Beyale and Michelle Lowden

May Showcase – JayCee Beyale and Michelle Lowden

I’m so excited for tonight’s opening– the show is called CULTURE, and features art by talented Navajo artist JayCee Beyale as well as Michelle Lowden, from Acoma Pueblo. This is contemporary Native art at its finest, and you don’t want to miss it! Also, somewhere around 6 or 7 pm tonight, The Reminders will play a short set! Please go out and support all the other galleries, too– remember, The Modbo stays open until midnight!


March Showing


“I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra,” said the late Carrie Fisher.  And so The Modbo presents a very special call for artists — a never-before-done fan art show.  For just $12 (for up to three entries), you can enter your favorite fan art for The Modbo’s “Drowned in Moonlight” show, opening Friday, March 3rd.  Depictions of celebrities who passed in 2016 up until the show’s submission date are welcome (e.g., Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie).
Work and payment must be dropped off at The Modbo on Wednesday, March 1st, between noon and six.  Any piece submitted must be ready to hang, with two D-rings or eye screws affixed to the back of each piece — no exceptions.  A panel of three jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, March 2nd.  Questions? Please email Lauren at

February Showing


On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, the newly re-imagined Modbo gallery presents a very special First Friday.  From 5:30 until midnight, visitors are invited to see “Lew(d) Tilley”: a unique cross-section of the work of the late Broadmoor Art Academy era artist. A prolific artist, Lew Tilley is known well for his BAA paintings, drawings, and watercolors.  This new show at The Modbo features a collection of his naughtier bits, so to speak.  Never before seen in Colorado Springs, this body of work includes pieces spanning from 1945 all the way through 1998. Curated by Lauren Ciborowski, who is newly the sole owner of The Modbo, this eclectic collection of nudes, “Naughty Numbers,” and more is sure to delight a variety of audiences.  On Friday, February 17th at 5:30, there will be a talk led by Eve Tilley, one of Lew’s daughters, as well as art expert Blake Wilson, who will share some anecdotes and history.


The Modbo is located at 17C E. Bijou Ave., 80903.  More information at,, or by calling 719.633.4240.  The show will remain open through February.


About Lew Tilley:


Lewis Lee Tilley III, painter, poet, printmaker, photographer, illustrator, watercolorist, animator, filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, computer art expert, scholar, experimental architect, actor, set designer, raconteur, gourmet cook, jazz fan and world traveler, was born in Parrott, Georgia, May 17, 1921, to the union of Margaret Wright and Lewis Lee Tilley II. Lew was an artist from the beginning.  His mother could always tell where he had spent his day by peeking in his sketchbook.  He began his professional career in 1937 at the High Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, studying with Lamar Dodd, Jean Charlot, and John Held Jr., and came to the Pikes Peak Region in the summer of 1938 to study with Boardman Robinson, Adolph Dehn and Lawrence Barrett. Lew received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1942 and returned for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School eventually becoming an instructor in painting, drawing, printmaking and design at the FAC School and the Colorado College.

A “migratory bird” at heart, he took his family to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1952, where he bought his first camera and added photography to his repertoire. Upon returning to Colorado Springs, he became a freelance artist, writer, teacher and muralist and photographer. This interest led to filmmaking, and from 1958 to 1962 he was writer-producer-director at Alexander Film Company.

In 1962, Tilley took a two-year tour of duty with USAID in Kaduna, Nigeria, working with the British Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps. He returned to be professor of art at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He returned to San Miguel de Allende summers to receive his M.F.A. in 1968 from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, through the University of Colorado, where he studied at the Instituto de Allende. He was also a pioneer in computer art and wrote articles and designed covers for the British publication, “Your Amiga Magazine” in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s.

His accolades include winning the purchase prize at the inaugural Canon City Blossom Festival (the first arts festival of its kind in the country), where he completed the circle when he returned as judge for their 50th anniversary. At USC, he was voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” for 1979-1980 and also won an annual co-eds’ “Male Chauvinist Pig” award. Lew Tilley died in Colorado Springs, October 4, 2005.

Your last chance…

…to see the Small Works Show is tonight, Friday, January 6th, from 5:30 til 8ish!  Stop on by!

Also, artists, as you signed and agreed to on your contract, outtake is Saturday, January 7th, noon til two.