Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

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.

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.