UPCOMING EVENTS

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February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “The Holes in My Heart,” new art by Jo Carol Ciborowski. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, February 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn.  The show runs through Friday, February 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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the artist:

After studying art at Western Maryland College, Jo Carol dabbled in art projects throughout her years as a peripatetic Army spouse and the mom of two fabulous daughters, the most notable being the metamorphosis of a rural medical clinic in Plato, Missouri, into a cozy home.  Upon settling in Colorado Springs in 1996, she began pursuing art and taking numerous classes and workshops.  In 2000, she took a headlong plunge to make the “artist” title official by renting her first studio, and 17 years later, she now creates art at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along with the 80 other artists who have studios there.

Jo Carol has frequently taught art to students of all ages– from preschoolers to senior citizens.  She most recently taught art to developmentally disabled adults for two years.  In her own art, Jo Carol delves into psychological issues as a way of processing life’s vicissitudes.  Her art has been juried into numerous shows in Colorado Springs, including several solo shows.  Her work graces collections across the country, especially in states where her relatives reside.

About “Holes in My Heart”

The heart, that which pumps life-blood throughout our body, has become over the centuries a symbol of the central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head wisdom of reason.  In ancient Egypt, the heart represented life-essence and those who were mummified had their hearts preserved.  Some speculate the modern heart symbol was derived around 3,000 BC from the shape of the silphium plant seed, a common herbal contraceptive.  The heart emoticon made its first appearance in 1977 with the hugely popular “I ‘heart’ NY” ad campaign.  

Today, the heart as a symbol has a myriad of meanings: compassion, understanding, life-giving, longing, affection, the complex seat of our emotions.  “The Holes in My Heart” explores ways to observe our heart experiences– both our heart-joys and our heartbreaks– ways to observe without judgement and ways to accept fully all of our heart experiences.  Because that’s what makes us human.

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

***UPDATE!!! For the first time ever, the Ho Ho will be held in The Modbo proper instead of its neighbor gallery, SPQR. This means seating is especially… umm… intimate. Only 40 tickets per show!  So reserve yours by emailing or calling ASAP!***


The Modbo naughtily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 9th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Lauren Ciborowski and Solveig Olsen as well as special guests Penelope Mais Oui, Holly Seidcheck, Warren Epstein, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its eighth 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
rumor has it, Santa may make a very special appearance!

Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  Doors open promptly 30 minutes before each performance and not one second before.  $15 strongly suggested donation. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or themodbo.com

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.

 

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

The Modbo jovially presents Small Works X, 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 X 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 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, December 1st.  The show runs through Friday, January 5th.  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 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 a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 10, 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 18th, 2017.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 1st, 2017  in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 5th.

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

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Please join us for an evening of wine, dessert, and Shakespeare– it’s the official launch for a brand new theatrical venture, Bijou Shakes! The brainchild of local director, producer and actor Max Ferguson, and in partnership with impresario Lauren Ciborowski of The Modbo, this new festival will feature site specific full length Shakespeare in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs during the summer of 2018.

Join us at The Modbo starting at 8 pm on Friday, September 22nd, for libations, information, prognostication, and some brief performances by award winning local actors. Amy Brooks, Sarah Shaver, Jessica Parnello and Max Ferguson will offer a selection of monologues and scenes with an interesting twist– just as Bijou Shakes will reimagine Art Alley as a performance venue, we give you the opportunity to reimagine these local theatre artists by enjoying them in roles they might not normally be considered for. Actors, lovers of theater, and all arts supporters are welcome to learn more about this exciting new project.  RSVP to bijoushakes@gmail.com

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

The Modbo proudly presents a rare call for artists for the upcoming Young Hot Sh*ts show!  In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show seeks work in all media from creatives aged 17-25.  There is no size or media limitation, but preference will be given to works that can hang on the wall, due to space constraints. Just $5 to enter up to three pieces.  All work must be brought to The Modbo, in the alley at 17C E. Bijou, 80903, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th.  

All work must be ready to hang, with two points of attachment, such as d-rings or screw eyes on the back. A frame isn’t absolutely necessary, but sturdiness is– for example, paper with two sticky tabs on the back will not suffice. A panel of jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, October 5th. The show will open on Friday, October 6th.  Questions? Call Lauren at 633-4240 or email themodbo@gmail.com