UPCOMING EVENTS

Find out what we’ll be showing at the Modbo soon. Check out artists, plan your night in Colorado Springs, and be the first in line to buy the best pieces!

The Modbo Ho Ho 2019: An R-Rated Christmas Cabaret

The Modbo Ho Ho 2019: An R-Rated Christmas Cabaret

The Modbo cheekily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 14th, please join Cabaret Mistress Lauren Ciborowski as well as special guests Colin Christie, Swelter and Burn, Jessie Oliver, Holly Seidcheck, Hazel Humdinger, Cherry Glitterbomb, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Delaney Davis, Wendy Mike, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, Jo Carol Ciborowski and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its tenth 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. Doors open one half hour before each respective performance, and not a minute sooner.  Seating is extremely 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.

Image by Greg Stones.

Small Works XII at The Modbo and SPQR!

Small Works XII at The Modbo and SPQR!

The Modbo and SPQR Art Space jovially present Small Works Twelve, 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 Twelve is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you! All pieces are under 18″ 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 6th. The show runs through Friday, January 3rd. 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.

Small Works Hours 2019:

If you can’t find a time that works for you below, please call 633-4240 to set up an appointment!

Friday, 12.6.19: opening reception, 5:30 pm til 11 pm

Tuesday, 12.10.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Wednesday, 12.11.19: 2 pm til 8 pm (downtown holiday stroll!)

Thursday, 12.12.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Friday, 12.13.19: 4 pm til 7 pm

Tuesday, 12.17.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Wednesday, 12.18.19: 2 pm til 5 pm

Thursday, 12.19.19, 2 pm til 5 pm

Friday, 12.20.19, 4 pm til 7 pm

Saturday, 12.21.19: noon til 5 pm— last chance before Christmas!

Friday, 12.27.19: 4 pm til 7 pm

Friday, 1.3.20: 5:30 pm til 10 pm— last chance to see the show!

Call for Artists for Small Works XII

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 12, 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 23rd, 2019.

All works must be under 18 inches in every dimension, including the frame (N.B., this is smaller than in years past!). There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after an on-the-spot jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back, no exceptions.  In other words, no alligator clips or the like.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or media, though we have limited space for 3-D/non-wallhangable work.

The show will open on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

 

November at The Modbo: Greg Stones’ Rejected Illustrations

November at The Modbo: Greg Stones’ Rejected Illustrations

The Modbo gleefully presents November’s First Friday: “Rejected Illustrations” by Greg Stones– a collection of small, devious gouaches.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until 11 pm on Friday, November 1st. The show runs through Friday, November 22nd. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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. 

Born in Glocester, Rhode Island where a man is a man, a woman is a woman, and babies are sent into the forest at the age of six months to be raised and educated by squirrels, Greg Stones eventually broke free and went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While at school, he majored in Studio Art, learned to paint photo-realistically, and was the cartoonist for the school paper. Two years after graduating, he wasn’t getting very far painting pretty little landscapes, so he started adding UFOs, aliens, and flying people to his work. Then came the penguins and the zombies. And sock monkeys and garden gnomes. And any other random thing that would pop into his head while he was holding a paint brush.  His favorite thing about being an artist is getting to write and illustrate books. Chronicle Books has published six of his titles since 2012, and he recently created a humorous Star Wars book for Disney entitled 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire. Check out more at https://the-zombie-penguin.myshopify.com/

About the Show, “Rejected Illustrations”

In 2012, Greg Stones officially became a published author when Chronicle Books unleashed his book Zombies Hate Stuff on the world.  The success of this first title would lead to six more illustrated humor books, culminating in an officially licensed Star Wars book entitled 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire in 2017.  During those five years of book proposals bouncing back and forth between the artist’s studio in Rhode Island and his editor’s desk in San Francisco, there were many, many ideas that were too weird, edgy, or nudity-filled for the publishing world.  This exhibit offers a selection of the illustrations that could have been.

 

October’s Show at The Modbo: “blu” romanodaniel

October’s Show at The Modbo: “blu” romanodaniel

The Modbo is honored to present October’s First Friday: “blu” romanodaniel, showcasing dynamic pieces by local artist Daniel Romano.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, October 4th. The show runs through Friday, October 25th, with a free artist talk that evening at 5:30 pm. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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. 

This collection includes sculpture, sculptural relief on painted panels, and the popular EYEBOX series. Romano has selected part of this collection as a narrative of recent social issues he has felt compelled to respond to with art. The remaining pieces in the collection simply intrigue the senses or are depictions of anatomy, and include  a large, fresh sculpture which Romano has been developing since 2012. The show “blu” romanodaniel is intriguing, thought-provoking, current, and fresh.

Daniel Romano is a self-taught Colorado based artist who works in fabricated metal sculpture, relief, and painting.  Other projects include No 6 Billiard table, landscape installations, and architectural installations including N3 taphouse in Colorado Springs. Born in Colorado 1966, Daniel began studying sculpture at 16 with woodcarving.  He was later drawn to working with metal, a material which can be welded, formed, pigmented. He also enjoys working with concrete and painting. He continues to grow his skill set and explore new mediums. Daniel has work in collections across the U.S., South America, and Asia and recently produced work for Louis Vuitton as well as medallions (FAC Visionaries) for the Fine Art Center.

 

Art Purge: A One Night Art Sale at Kreuser Gallery!

Art Purge: A One Night Art Sale at Kreuser Gallery!

Kreuser Gallery, in collaboration with G44 Gallery and The Modbo, presents “Art Purge,” a one night sale of art from the inventory of local art collectors. 

Gallery owners Abby Kreuser, Gundega Stevens, and Lauren Ciborowski were approached by some of their most devoted art buyers to create a unique sales opportunity in the hopes of solving a distinctive problem– freeing up some wall space! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to peruse and purchase art. You could see something you wish you had bought years ago, or fall in love with a new-to-you piece! But mark your calendars now– this sale happens just once, and just for a few hours!

Please join us at Kreuser Gallery at 125 E. Boulder Street on Saturday, September 28th.  The art will be on display beginning at noon, with a reception from 5 pm until 8 pm. For more information, Kreuser Gallery can be reached at  719.464.5880, kreusergallery@gmail.com, www.abigailkreusergallery.com, or https://www.facebook.com/kreusergallery

September’s Show at The Modbo: In Memoriam: Works by the Late Laurel Swab

September’s Show at The Modbo: In Memoriam: Works by the Late Laurel Swab

The Modbo is honored to present September’s First Friday: “In Memoriam: Works by the Late Laurel Swab.”  Swab was a talented and prolific local artist with a masterful grip on surrealism. She died in September of 2018 after an eight month battle with leukemia.  A celebration of her life and talent, this show will feature work both for sale and from private collections. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, September 6th.  The show runs through Friday, September 27th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment. 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. 

Laurel Ellen Swab was born on June 30th,1969, in Louisville, Kentucky. She lived most of her life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She chose Kansas City Art Institute for her college education. After sampling graphic design and sculpture, she graduated with honors with a degree in Fiber Arts. After graduation, she worked for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where she was their exhibits preparator. She was a self-taught sculptor, mastering many materials and techniques. After a trip to Italy she turned to painting and soon became accomplished in the figurative, still life, surrealism and portraiture genres. She was also a muralist, illuminating the walls and ceilings of several homes of prominent residents of the city. In 2012, she married Austin Cole Hartman and took up residence on 20 acres of beautiful land between the towns of Cripple Creek and Guffey. Laurel began designing and making jewelry.  She and Austin developed a passion for Colorado gemstones and crystals. Together they prospected their mineral claims for topaz, aquamarine, amazonite, smoky quartz and fluorite. Laurel faceted gems from topaz, aquamarine, and smoky quartz and others. On September 9, 2018, Laurel lost her eight month-long battle against leukemia. 

 

August’s Show at The Modbo: Floyd D. Tunson: Works on Paper

August’s Show at The Modbo: Floyd D. Tunson: Works on Paper

The Modbo presents August’s First Friday: “Floyd D. Tunson: Works on Paper.”  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, August 2nd, with live music by My Name is Harriett at 7 and 9 pm.  The show runs through Friday, August 30th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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.

Of all the traditional tools and evolving technologies available to an artist, there’s only one that Floyd D. Tunson cannot do without: “Just give me a pencil,” he says, “because drawing is the basis of everything I do.”  For the work in this show, that “pencil” is a Uni-ball pen. And what sounds simple is simply not. The process is tricky, given the tension between control and inhibition – a sort of Hamlet dilemma, in which “thinking too precisely on th’ event,” can result in “one part wisdom and ever three parts coward.” Since a direct ink-drawn image on paper can’t be cleaned up the way a pencil drawing or a painted canvas can, the strokes have to be thoughtful, but freedom for happy coincidence has to be allowed. This dialectic is evident in the totality of the work, where certain drawings seem more tightly controlled than others, although each piece relies on the tension. A close viewing of each is a chance to follow the artist’s hand – the hesitations, the exuberance, the energy.

In the Kabuki Knot series, the composition is architectural, but creating it is a completely intuitive process. When Tunson sets pen to paper, he allows an innate sense of design to automatically compose a continuous image. In the Monsters series, the details are calculated to suggest that these despots and demons are scarcely exaggerations of the diabolical forces at work in the world.

Concepts, calculation, accidents, experience – all come into play in the process as the artist hopes for a wow.

Born in Denver in 1947, Floyd D. Tunson has worked over forty years in drawing, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and installation. In 1971, after serving in the Army, he began a teaching career in Colorado Springs. In 1998 he earned an MA degree from Adams State College.  Tunson has exhibited throughout the Rocky Mountain region, including at the Robischon Gallery (Denver), Redline Gallery (Denver), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Denver Art Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum, Arvada Art Center, University of Colorado, 516 Arts (Albuquerque), and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Certain of his work draws from his experience as an African-American male; other work reflects a broad view of the world, including global politics, art history, and beauty for beauty’s sake. In 2012-2013, Son of Pop, a forty-year retrospective, was hosted by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In 2018, he exhibited new work for the premier of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery at the Ent Center for the Arts. In 2013, Tunson was the subject of a video interview by Rocky Mountain PBS. He has been reviewed in Westword, the Denver Post, Art Ltd, and Art Forum.

July’s First Friday at The Modbo: In Your Face, New Works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus

July’s First Friday at The Modbo: In Your Face, New Works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus

The Modbo presents July’s First Friday: “In Your Face” with recent works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, July 5th. The show runs through Friday, June 26th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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 Your Face,” recent works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus, asks the viewer to be engaged with their provocative exhibition. From looking upward towards Dass’ cyanotype underpants as if you were a child experiencing a surreal clothesline, to sporting a pair of red and blue anaglyph glasses to witness Oelklaus’ true 3D world, these two Colorado Springs artists invite you to question and experience the works on display. Historic photographic image making pushes forward the ideals of the past and challenges the viewer to consider what has changed in the last one hundred years. Dass’ dreamlike cyanotype installation alongside Oelklaus’ old school virtual reality is visually and conceptually rich.

Carol Dass has been looking at the world through a camera’s viewfinder for as long as she can remember. Recently retired from teaching darkroom based photography at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for 14 years, Carol lives with her husband and two dogs. When not traveling with her 91 year old muse and mother, Carol collects and researches vernacular photography. Carol’s work is in the collections of The Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, The Progressive Art Collection and various private collections.

Heather Oelklaus (b. 1972, USA) studied Sculpture at The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) in the early 1990s. She has exhibited work in solo and group shows in Colorado, New Orleans, Oregon, New York, Texas, and Arizona. Heather lives and works in Colorado Springs where she explores unconventional photography and art making. A variety of photographic techniques such as anaglyph, chemigram, photogram, lumen prints, wet plate collodion, pinhole photography, cyanotype, and light painting are influential in her art making. Photography as an object instead of the traditional reproduced image influences Heather’s art with themes of family, social and gender roles, and abstract art.

June’s First Friday at The Modbo: “Catalytic” by Jeremy Grant and “Arrival” by Jeffrey de Mers

June’s First Friday at The Modbo: “Catalytic” by Jeremy Grant and “Arrival” by Jeffrey de Mers

The Modbo presents June’s First Friday: “Catalytic” by Jeremy Grant and “Arrival” by Jeffrey de Mers.  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, June 7th. The show runs through Friday, June 28th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment.  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.

Jeremy Grant (b. 1985) received a B.S. in Design and Illustration from John Brown University in 2007 and currently lives in Denver, CO. Grant has exhibited his collage and assemblage work in individual and group shows regularly since 2008. His dense, maximalist paper collages create emotional and associative landscapes, using deconstructed and re-contextualized elements to bridge chaos and familiarity.

Grant’s collages are dense and richly layered emotional and associative landscapes meant to bridge chaos and familiarity by using collage elements based on their associative attributes – relying on texture, color, and form rather than object. Compositionally, his work creates visual rhythms and movements meant to mirror mental contemplation and evoke a particular pathos or state of mind. Thematically, Grant engages with the human emotional experience; simultaneously dealing in juxtapositions of comfort and chaos, scarcity and abundance, decay and new life.

Jeffrey de Mers was born and raised in Colorado Springs. As a child, he was enamored of works by local artists like C.H. Rockey and Starr Kempf; their pieces stoked the flames of his imagination. Later in life, influences of surrealist artists like Max Ernst and Joan Miro crept in, giving rise to the works on display here. Some pieces are more deterministic in their presentation, while others are decidedly not, encouraging the viewer to come into a greater correspondence with the piece.

It has been over a decade since de Mers has had a show in Colorado Springs, having lived for nearly a decade in the San Luis Valley. This show is a collection of pieces from the last seven years or so. After a divorce, the sale of a house, and some up close and personal experiences with death, these pieces reflect a sense of rebirth and finding rainbows in the shadows of life.