EVENTS

Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

Wine + Cookies= Drinking Like a Grown Up

Wine + Cookies= Drinking Like a Grown Up

Have you ever wondered exactly what wine would go best with your favorite Girl Scout cookies, as you attempt to have enough self-control not to plow through the whole box?  Well! You’re in luck! The Modbo is thrilled to present a very special and not-so-stuffy wine tasting by talented local sommelier Michaela Hightower. Join us at 3 pm on Sunday, April 7th, for a 90-minute wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairing extravaganza.  Your $30 will provide 4 tastes of delicious dry wines, each expertly paired with a Girl Scout Cookie. Michaela will lead you through the techniques of wine tasting as well as share her knowledge of the wines she has chosen, so you won’t just leave with a sugar high–you’ll leave with some impressive new wine facts!  Space is limited to 20 seats; advanced paid reservations are required. Register here!

The Modbo is a small art gallery and events space 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.

Queer Open Mic Featuring Kaleena Kovach

The Modbo is delighted to host a very special edition of Queer Open Mic featuring Kaleena Kovach who will be releasing her zine, “millennial break-up haiku.”  7 pm on Friday, February 22nd. Free.

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.

Kaleena Kovach has found her way back to poetry after a long time away. She attended the CU Boulder where she majored in Creative Writing. Her senior thesis, ashes are just fire ghosts, was a collection of documentary poems that explored the history of fire and utilized text as a visual medium. An active member of the arts community, Kaleena is on the board for Hear, Here! Poetry and regularly reads at local events. When she is not writing poems, she likes to hike, ride her scooter, bake, play ukulele, and hang out with her cats. She works at a nonprofit and plans to pursue a Masters in Social work beginning in the fall 2019.

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Floating Through the West by Patrick Kochanasz

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Floating Through the West by Patrick Kochanasz

The Modbo presents March’s First Friday: “Floating Through the West” by Patrick Kochanasz.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, March 1st. The show runs through Friday, March 29th. 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.

About the artist:

Patrick Kochanasz is a native of Eastern Pennsylvania, where he studied at The Baum School of Art for several years. Captivated by the luminosity and tactile nature of soft pastels, he began studying the medium earnestly in 2004. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2011 and quickly fell under the Rocky Mountains’ beautiful spell. Kochanasz is available for private commissions and gallery collection proposals.

About the Show:

“Floating Through the West” merges both realistic and dreamlike elements, to create a whimsical, capricious, “floating” interpretation of nature. Kochanasz employs a number of distinct techniques in capturing this vision, including: the utilization of black paper, unusual edge cuts, the omission of blending tools, a textured appearance, as well as the incorporation of hard black lines around most elements within the frame. His landscapes are largely inspired by places he’s lived and explored- including Pennsylvania, Vermont and Colorado. Kochanasz strives to evoke the viewer’s sentiment of “I want to be there,” a sense of spatial desire. For the artist, the process of producing art is a very inward and grounding experience. His imaginative search for peaceful seclusion often manifests itself as an isolated cabin nestled among an idyllic land.

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: Birthday Suit by Kelly Gilleran!

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: Birthday Suit by Kelly Gilleran!

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “Birthday Suit” by Kelly Gilleran.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, February 1st. The show runs through Friday, February 22nd. 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.

Kelly Gilleran’s new body of work, “Birthday Suit” focuses on vintage inspired food and pin-ups. She is heavily influenced by mid-century advertising illustrations, and her work seeks to revitalize forgotten imagery with deep reverence for traditional media practice and techniques. Both vibrant and humorous, her work plays with a retro-kitsch aesthetic.

Gilleran is a Colorado Springs painter, focusing on traditional media illustrations adapted digitally for product and surface pattern applications.  Kelly grew up in Connecticut and relocated to Colorado after receiving a BA in Art & Design with a double-concentration in painting and illustration. Gilleran has exhibited her work in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, New York and Melbourne, Australia, and sells online to an international audience through various Print-on-Demand websites. Kelly has recently completed various projects for Save Ferris, Ticklebelly, and Safeway.

Small Works XI!

Small Works XI!

The Modbo and SPQR Art Space jovially present Small Works XI, 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 XI 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 pm until midnight on Friday, December 7th. The show runs through Friday, January 4th. 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.

The Modbo Ho Ho 2018 Cometh

The Modbo Ho Ho 2018 Cometh

The Modbo cheekily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 15th, please join Cabaret Mistress Lauren Ciborowski as well as special guests Solveig Olsen, Swelter and Burn, Jessie Oliver, Joy Armstrong, Holly Seidcheck, Warren Epstein, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Delaney Davis, Wendy Mike, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its ninth 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. Seating is 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.

 

November’s First Friday: Texture, by Susan Tormoen

November’s First Friday: Texture, by Susan Tormoen

The Modbo presents November’s First Friday: Texture: New Art by Susan Tormoen.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, November 2nd. The show runs through Friday, November 23rd. 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.

Colorado Springs artist Susan Tormen initially studied philosophy at Carleton College and Lake Forest College.  As she was finishing those studies as a young mother, she took a few art classes. At that point, Tormoen focused on watercolor, but after moving here from Wisconsin and taking a workshop from Pueblo artist Fran Dodd, she became enamored of pastel.  She loved the colors and the what became possible with the stroke of a pastel stick. Recently, however, Tormoen renewed her acquaintance with oil, and the pallet knife as her instrument of choice. Says Tormoen, “The visual impact of color is the main objective of my work.  I use complimentary colors often to facilitate this, and I depend exclusively on a pallet knife to apply them. If I mix my colors from a tube of paint, I do so only partially, leaving streaks of pure color in the stoke.” In this new body of work, “Texture,” the artist has applied layers upon layers of paint, leaving some of the original color to show through.  She has taken advantage of the texture of the first application, and the way the knife glides over tisi with its new color. The result is a visual impact on the viewer which hopefully achieves a pleasure similar to the artist’s satisfaction in the work.

The Mussorgsky Project: Pictures at an Exhibition Reimagined

The Mussorgsky Project: Pictures at an Exhibition Reimagined

The Modbo presents October’s First Friday: The Mussorgsky Project: Pictures at an Exhibition Reimagined, with art by Phil Lear and musical collaborations throughout the month.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, October 5th. The show runs through Friday, October 26th. There will be live musical collaborations on First Friday, Friday the 19th, and Friday the 26th.  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.

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote his famous piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” in 1874.  An artist friend named Viktor Hartmann had just died suddenly, and plunged into despair, Mussorgsky and other friends of Hartmann staged a memorial exhibition of hundreds of Hartmann’s works.  This became the inspiration for Mussorgky’s composition. The much beloved classical piece was originally written for solo piano, but quickly after its premiere was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, and then rearranged for other instruments in countless versions over the years.  

For such a well known piece, gallerist and classical pianist Lauren Ciborowski has always found it to be a bit odd that the works by Hartmann which inspired it are… not terribly interesting.  In her opinion. Says Ciborowski, “They aren’t bad, per se, but nothing about them seems awe-inspiring enough to have sparked such creative genius in Mussorgsky.” It is out of that musing that Ciborowski decided to embark on a pet project that she’s always wanted to do– showing an exhibit of art more worthy of Pictures at an Exhibition.  She sought out acclaimed local painter Phil Lear, and he agreed to take on this unusual project.

Says Lear, “It’s always exciting to see one branch of the arts inspire another. A painting inspires a piece of music which, with this project, inspires another painting. For me what’s great about “Pictures” is the new character of each movement. It’s like a collection of short stories.

Creating work for this project obviously has involved listening to the same music over and over. I’ve tried to avoid any connection to the original paintings that the composer drew from, and been moved simply by the emotion and visual imagery I get from Modest’s pieces. In particular I’ll replay different versions of, say, “The Gnome” until I get a concrete vision of what sort of scene I see this music accompanying.  Sometimes it’s felt like putting a score to a Looney Tunes adventure. The movements are so varied – theatrical, serene, sometimes almost menacing – that it hasn’t been difficult to explore a different mood in each piece for this project. Throughout I’ve tried to keep a similar playfulness to the work, and attempted to give it all a feeling of old Russia to acknowledge its origins.”

To incorporate the musical element of this collaboration, Ciborowski has programmed three nights of music.  On First Friday, October 5th, between 5 and midnight you will hear classical performances by Jeremy Van Hoy accompanied by Lauren Ciborowski, Solveig Olsen (who will premier a new vocal arrangement written by Mark Arnest with Lyrics by Nico Wilkinson), The First Congregational Church handbell choir, led by Mandy Todd, and The Catamount Quintet.  The second evening of music will be on Friday, October 19th, at 7 pm, $7-$10 suggested donation. This night will feature local musicians My name is Harriett, Charlie Milo, Jeremy Facknitz, Solveig Olsen reprising the piece from First Friday, Allison Lint, and Swelter and Burn. There will be some classical performances in this evening, but mostly, you’ll have the unique opportunity to hear local players riffing on Mussorgsky in their own style.  Plus, special guest Max Ferguson will add a bit of dramatic flair to the evening. Finally, on Friday, October 26th, 7 pm, $7-$10 suggested donation, join us for a night of modern jazz with Denver musicians Paul Riola, Joshua Trinidad, Kim Stone, Ian Argys, and Michel Stahli. This performance will be livestreamed on Jazz 93.5.

Phil Lear bio:

Phil Lear has been painting professionally in the Front Range area for over a decade. He has won awards for his plein air work, and gained considerable recognition for his renderings of intriguing figurative scenes. Whether painting landscapes or narratives, he approaches his work as a story-teller.

Following an illustration-focused degree in commercial art, Phil traveled and took on various projects that nurtured his creative skills, before settling in Colorado Springs. He is honored to have his work in many private collections, as well as on view to the public through a number of business commissions.

September’s First Friday at The Modbo: Tooth & Nail by Ashley Urban

September’s First Friday at The Modbo: Tooth & Nail by Ashley Urban

The Modbo presents September’s First Friday: “Tooth & Nail,” new work by Ashley Urban.  An L.A.-based artist, Urban’s show will feature a panoply of media, from drawings and paintings to wearable art, replete with an element of installation.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, September 7th. The show runs through Friday, September 28th. 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.

‘Tooth & Nail’:

This body of work is an homage to the ways in which the artist has learned to cope with, heal from, and grow gracefully from the traumatic events of her life and the human experience of misery which she used to believe defined her. Learning to transform out of an existence that felt hopeless, victimized, pessimistic, self loathing, and damaged beyond repair, she has fought tooth and nail to develop a deeply intentional moral philosophy; that pain and creativity can be used as a fuel to feed the flames of healing and higher being. The philosophy of ‘Tooth & Nail’ also concludes that we must acknowledge and accept the beasts that are our inner sufferings. However, it is necessary to diligently tame them with ravenous creative expression, appreciation for nature, the pursuit of knowledge, forgiveness, gratitude, integrity, respect and empathy, the endeavor to inspire others, fierce exploration of the unknown outside of and within our own psyches, the release of ego, and sharp focus on the discipline of continually growing rather than living in fear. Ultimately, this starts with finding and holding onto love and tenderness for one’s self. Mother nature and the natural order of the world is vicious. And even more vicious can be the way that we treat ourselves, however, once we learn to look at this harsh existence and our own beings in a compassionate and artistic way, there lies a whole universe of stunning beauty within pain, loss, decay, and the growth that stems from it all.

About the artist:

Since 2013, Ashley Urban has lived and created in downtown Los Angeles. Raised in the seclusion of Pike National forest of Colorado, she constantly marveled at the endless beauties, delicacies and dangers of mother nature, creating within her a deep connection to the natural realm, which is ever present in her many creative processes.  

Through creative expression and exploration of ourselves and our surroundings, she concludes that we can all become more emotionally sophisticated individuals, and draw light from our inner darkness, while shedding this light onto the people in our lives. She is currently developing an all-encompassing philosophy and brand, through her fine art, illustration, mixed media design and photography, to her way of dress and her various involvements in the fashion industry, her advocacy for cultural and self exploitation, and ultimately through the way she believes in treating other human beings, into what she calls ‘The Art of Style’. This philosophy states that style is not simply exclusive to fashion and what one wears. Rather, style is exhibited in the details of all of our creative choices. Style is the way we construct and implement positive moral values unto ourselves, unto nature and unto others. Style is using our creative freedoms to heal ourselves. Style is to make every movement through life a work of art. Style is to appreciate and seek out the beauty within the smallest details of our environments. And ultimately, style is striving to make consistent positive impacts on the world. Through ‘The Art of Style’, she wishes to not only share her numerous artistic visions, but to encourage and inspire others to thoroughly investigate the world around them and their individual creative callings.

August’s First Friday at The Modbo: The Ocean Between the Waves by Shannon Dunn

August’s First Friday at The Modbo: The Ocean Between the Waves by Shannon Dunn

The Modbo presents August’s First Friday: “The Ocean Between the Waves,” new work by Shannon Dunn.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, August 3rd. The show runs through Friday, August 31st, and there will be a free artist’s talk at 5:30 on the 31st. 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.

In the painting series, “The Ocean Between the Waves,” Shannon Dunn explores the human experience mirrored through the metaphor of water. The same water that covers 70% of planet earth composes up to 70% of the human body. Humans have a connection with the ocean in both a physical and spiritual way. Water has the ability to both reflect and distort reality.  The ocean encompasses a host of opposites that mirror life: Fear and Fascination, Light and Dark, Reflection and Reality, Surface and Depth, Life and Death. Through this series, the artist aims to inspire the viewer to look deeper past the surface of life to see what lies beneath.

A Chicago-area native, Shannon Dunn attended Illinois State University where she studied Art and Education.  Shannon’s painting style is inspired by her background in printmaking and her love for stylized, simplified drawings.  Never one to stick to a single medium, Shannon paints in oils, ink, acrylic, and resin. While her work is largely focused on the human figure, she draws inspiration from the natural world, observations of social behavior and her spiritual beliefs. Shannon’s work has been shown in various exhibitions throughout the Pikes Peak Region.  She currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and two children.