Our Teachers

Brett Andrus is a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and a co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R galleries. He is also the founder of the ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild. Brett has shown his work most recently in Santa Fe, and has upcoming exhibitions in Trinidad and Denver. He has also exhibited his work all along the Front Range and the east coast. He is an active member and the founder of The Modbo Collective. Andrus curates both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. as well as several satellite restaurants and bars in the Colorado Springs area. He has been teaching drawing and painting classes out of The Modbo for four years, and is the recipient of many Best Of awards from both The Gazette and the Independent.

Lorelei Beckstrom hails originally from Minnesota. After studying painting, sculpture, and graphic design for seven years, Beckstrom relocated to the mountains of Colorado in 1994, thus fulfilling a childhood dream to move to the west.

Beckstrom has shown prolifically in Colorado, where she co-owned the award-winning Rubbish Gallery, and her work resides in collections in the United States, Mexico, and England. She has also shown at Eggman and Walrus in Santa Fe and Cult Status in Minneapolis. She is represented by The Modbo in Colorado Springs and the Carla Wright Gallery in Denver.

Shannon Dunn attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where she studied Art and Education. After graduating, the artist relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado to teach elementary art. A celebrated teacher, Shannon was awarded, The Classical Academy Educator of the Year for the 2005-06 school year. From art educator and painter, to set designer and muralist, Shannon’s art career has displayed itself in a number of different roles. She is now a full time mother, artist, and art education consultant. She has worked within the schools and administration in District 20 and 12. Her artwork has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Shannon is an original member of the Modbo Collective and is represented by the Modbo gallery.

Holly Garlow received her BA in art at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia as well as her Masters in Teaching at Colorado College. For the past seven years, Holly has taught a variety of classes at Manitou Springs HIgh School, including art, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and art and market. An active photographer, Holly has shown at The Modbo, the Blue Star, the Bridge Gallery, and has designed many album covers for Blank Tape Records and others.

Erin Jones, a Colorado Springs native, is excited to give back to the community through teaching after her recent return from Paros, Greece, where she has completed her second semester at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts. There, she focused on the classical techniques of drawing, painting, and print making. Erin was first recognized locally in her youth through the non-profit youth organization, Futureself, and has continued in her art by executing dozens of exhibitions and art projects throughout the community. Erin started participating in The Modbo and SPQR galleries in 2010 while studying oil painting under Brett Andrus, leading to many exhibition opportunities.

Phil Lear is an experienced oil painter, educator, and creative inspirer. With 10 years experience in the professional art field and a bachelor’s degree in commercial art, Phil has been featured in dozens of exhibits, publications, competitions, and educational classes. You can see his work at numerous galleries, on his website (www.phillear.com) and online at themodbo.com. Phil looks forward to sharing his passion for oil painting with students of all ages.

Christian Medovich has spent over two decades in the visual arts. He has taught technical theater at Colorado College as well as papermaking and Art History at the Club of Arts. In 2010, Christian reinvested his time back into drawing and painting through art classes taught at The Modbo. In 2012, he graduated with his Master of Arts in Teaching. Christian can also be found designing and operating sound for the Fine Arts Center, teaching at PPCC and designing lights for various dance performances in Colorado Springs.

Raphael Sassi was born in Pennsylvania and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After building his portfolio to apply for college he received a Maryland Artists Equity Distinguished Scholar Finalist Award in 1995 and subsequently enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Including a semester studying abroad in Italy at the Syracuse University in Florence he graduated from MICA with a BFA in 1999. Eventually he moved to New York where he attended graduate school at The New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa on scholarship. After receiving his MFA with honors in 2004 he was awarded the Walter Erlebacher Award for the study of Artistic Anatomy and one of the three distinguished NYAA year-long Post-Graduate Residency Fellowship Grants for 2005.

Raphael exhibited numerous times in New York including two group shows in the Chelsea district, at The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The New York Academy of Art, and a solo exhibit in SoHo. He has also exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art with the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation. He has been published in Elle magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, The New York Times, and Page Six of The New York Post.

After receiving a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for Drawing in 2007 he began teaching Anatomical Drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in their undergraduate programs. He was then briefly interviewed in the NY1 Arts Report with Stephanie Simon, the UrbanEye video series of the Arts section of The New York Times with Melena Ryzik, and his work published in the Style section of The New York Times.

After leaving New York, working and tutoring adults and children across the country, he returned to Maryland where he was an assistant at the Carla Massoni Gallery, and taught drawing at both the Academy Art Museum and the undergraduate program of The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

He now again resides in Colorado Springs where he continues his artistic endeavors and teaches at the Bemis School of Art as well as the new ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild.

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