Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

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.

Hours this week and the Ho Ho to come…

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. will be open for viewing of the Small Works show on the following days:
Friday, 12.9, 5:30 til 9 pm.
Saturday, 12.10, 7:30 til 9 pm
Sunday, 12.11, 4 pm til 8 pm
Friday, 12.16, 5:30 pm til 9 pm
Friday, 12.23, 5:30 pm til 9 pm

Don’t miss The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret for Grownups!


The Modbo naughtily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 17th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Claire Anderson, Lauren Ciborowski, and Solveig Olsen as well as special guests Warren Epstein, Cherry Glitterbomb, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Claire Swinford, and more! This short show, for grown-ups only,  will surely augment your holiday cheer! Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  $15 strongly suggested donation. Seating is limited, and is first come, first served. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or

Now in its seventh year, The Modbo Ho Ho is an irreverent and festive romp through the holidays, including songs both earnest and tawdry, some dance of varying (and occasionally dubious) natures, and the odd skit here and there. Emphasis on the odd. And rumor has it, Santa may make a very special appearance!

Opening This Friday, Small Works 9!


The Modbo jovially presents Small Works 9, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 400 pieces of art by nearly 100 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 9 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 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 2nd.  The show runs through Friday, January 6th.  The galleries are open on every Friday night at 5:30, with additional hours throughout the holiday season– check facebook or for more information.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240,

November Show

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present November’s First Friday on November 4th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “Nom de Plume,” a show by local artists working anonymously in foreign media.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Hand to Mouth” by Daisy McGowan.  Both shows are open Friday nights through the 18th of November.  The opening reception on November 4th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

Daisy McGowan has been exhibiting her mixed-media art in Western and Midwestern galleries and art spaces for the past 15 years.  She was born in Italy and raised around the world, the daughter of two artists. McGowan is currently Director of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) and lives and maintains her studio practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For “Hand to Mouth, “ Daisy McGowan’s multi-media, encaustic-heavy works on wood panel layer sculptural textures, graphic elements, etched lines, and drawing. McGowan references a range of concepts – often within a single artwork – reflecting her interest in and research of subjects including human-made and natural systems, language, graphic art, animal mortality, anatomy and sexuality. Her training in printmaking, sculpture, bookmaking, encaustic and mixed-media combine in her most recent bodies of work.

Currently Showing

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present October’s First Friday on October 7th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “Cecelia,” a unique show featuring painting by Lindsay Hand and an installation by Nethery Wylie.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “New Souls” by Elizabeth Selby.  Both shows are open Friday nights through 28th.  The opening reception on October 7th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight, with a recital by Lauren Ciborowski at 9 pm.  The closing reception on the 28th will feature a 7 pm recital.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at or by calling 633-4240 or emailing

In the summer of 2016, painter Lindsay Hand purchased a photo album containing pictures of a young lady from near birth through her 20s.  They seem to be from about 1905 onward, and have no other indication of name, location, or context.  Out of this mysterious and beautiful collection of old photos, Hand developed an idea for a show.  In addition to oil paintings based on the photos, “Cecelia” will also involve a photo-transfer fabric installation by Nethery Wylie, and a carefully curated recital by pianist Lauren Ciborowski.  Together, these artists hope to lead you into the world of the inscrutable young lady in the album.

Primarily self taught, local artist LIndsay Hand has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state of Colorado, including The Modbo gallery, and more recently at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum. In Hand’s most recent work there is again the visually driving source material of the past that has dominated her work thus far– now overlapping with an exploration into aspects of spiritualism, the concepts surrounding it and a delving into the subconscious by introducing automatism into her technique.

In Cecelia we see the source material of the past that has dominated Hand’s work thus far now colliding with an exploration of the more esoteric approaches to insight into an individual’s history. Not knowing who Cecelia is or was to those in her life as it would have been recorded in the early 20th century, but relying on the photographs as the sole reference to her existence, is a beautiful mystery to be unfolded for the artist as she paints it. The result is a body of work which invokes the spirit of this woman to manifest in a body of work which Hand has translated from a photo album into an exhibit shining light on a forgotten life’s lasting breath.

Nethery Wylie plays with images and texts through painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation.  She transfers, layers, juxtaposes and rewrites in order to see things in new ways. Nethery has been a college librarian in Colorado Springs since 1985, has an art studio downtown, and recently completed an MFA with University of Plymouth (UK) and Transart Institute. The installation for “Cecelia” at The Modbo features images made large enough to gaze back at the viewer with a life-size presence of their own. More information at

Elizabeth Selby’s current body of work, “New Souls,” is a new endeavor to create portraits of friends to sharpen her skills as a painter. Drawn to the emotion and inner dialogue of her model’s expression, she interprets their personalities onto the canvas with somewhat overdone pops of color and bits of childhood nostalgia.  

Raised in Alabama, Elizabeth has experimented with a myriad of creative mediums from an early age. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2013 and began learning oil color technique under the tutelage of Brett Andrus and the Modbo School of Art and quickly became fascinated by the medium.  She is now in a monogamous, lifelong relationship with oil paint.  Selby had the distinctive honor of being featured in “New American Paintings” in 2015.

An Eclectic Night of Music


Please join us for an evening of music at The Modbo with touring bands Spoken Nerd with Bashful Hips, as well as Bullhed*ded, STONY BERTZ & Earsiq.  Thursday, September 15th, $7-10 suggested donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou Street, 80903.  More info by emailing

Spoken Nerd is a delicious blend of hip hop, indie pop and electronic rock wrapped in satire and social commentary with a sweet inner core of hope. Spoken Nerd has toured throughout North America sharing the stage and collaborating with artists such as Run the Jewels, Ceschi, Listener, Manchild (Mars Ill), John Reuben, Qwel, DJ LORD of Public Enemy and many more.

Bashful Hips is an Avant Garde project from the mind of Ian Fellerman. Bringing his sometimes searing, sometimes hilarious but always poignant observations to bear over an entire stable of Noise Rock/Hip Hop informed Electronica, Ian’s music is never stable, always changing and searching for the sound to express his feelings. Bashful Hips has recently signed to Invisible Library Records and has shared the stage with Yoni Wolf, Serengeti, Spoken Nerd, Memphis Linzy, ECID, Eyenine, KidDead, Lady Shark, BRZOWSKI, Counterfeit Money Machine to name a few. Bashful Hips music has been played on the radio all over North America and Europe and featured in publications like YAB YUM, Vandala, Outside the Dial, Punk Globe, Ear to the Ground, Digital Racket, Indie Bands Blog and many more.