New Exhibit in the Arts Alley!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are pleased to announce new second Friday openings on Friday, July 8th.  The Modbo will host photography by Randal Barbera and Holly Garlow, while S.P.Q.R. will feature paintings by Boulder artist Jamie Emerick.  The opening begins at 5:30 pm and goes until midnight, with live music by Sugar Sounds and Charlie Brown and The Great Gospel.  The closing reception for this show will be on Friday, August 5th.


Jamie Emerick’s newest body of work has been inspired by two quite disparate events: the recent shooting of Osama Bin Laden, and the artist’s experience of riding horses in Wyoming.  Emerick’s work reflects on the iconic out-west American mentality, and the meditation of the things we do that we chose not to share with others.

Jamie Emerick currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where she was born and raised. She has spent the last 7 years living and working in New York, Colorado, Italy and South Africa and will be attending the California College of the Arts MFA program in the fall. See more of her work at

The Modbo:

Born in Boulder, Randal Barbera has lived in Colorado Springs off and on, having left the city between 1974 and 1997 to travel extensively.  He received his BA in art from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and earned his masters in art history from Colorado College.  He has been a working artist since 1976.

Barbera considers camerawork to be a meditation, a method of organizing and understanding reality.  His latest body of work has been described as “Bernini meets Dante’s Inferno.”  Focusing on three models, the pieces speak to the relationship between artistic beauty and socially provocative content.

Holly Garlow is a Colorado Springs resident and an art teacher at Manitou Springs High School.  She majored in studio art at James Madison University, returning to Colorado Springs to earn her MAT from Colorado College. Holly has chosen the unique Holga camera as her vehicle for photography, utilizing medium format film.

With their unique tone and focus, Holga-produced images evoke a bygone era.  For Garlow, the Holga lends the images a desired dark and moody feeling, often providing a stark contrast to her subject matter.  Garlow edits her images extremely sparingly, using only the tools available in a darkroom; this forces her to relinquish some control of the final product, enabling a different sphere of artistic expression.