ModboCo heading back to the alley



After 17 months in the spacious basement area of Ivywild School, the ModboCo School of Art is going back to its home gallery of the Modbo downtown.

Described as a "pragmatic financial decision" by owners Brett and Lauren Andrus, the ModboCo will finish its current program of classes at Ivywild and then pick up its next slate in late February at the gallery. The schedule will be posted within a week online, and will still include classes for adults and kids in a similar format as before.

Despite increased participation in classes, Lauren says, it wasn't enough to cover the overhead of the location. That said, Lauren hopes the increased visibility of the Ivywild location will translate back to the alley. "And the truth of the matter is, we taught at the gallery for five years, and we're fine," she says.
The ModboCo the weekend of its grand opening. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The ModboCo the weekend of its grand opening.

ModboCo opened at Ivywild in August 2013, with classes six days a week and the occasional weekend seminar on art history. Brett told the Indy at the time, "It immediately terrified both Lauren and I." Yet he remained inspired by his alma mater, the Savannah College of Art and Design, which mushroomed in size quickly and transformed the surrounding city.

Luckily this is only a "re-consolidation" of one aspect of the Modbo realm. Both it and twin gallery S.P.Q.R. are faring well and the Andruses are preparing for the year ahead at the galleries, with exhibits and events planned for most of the year, beginning in March.

"I think it was worth a try, and we're glad that Ivywild's doing well and it was worth a shot," Lauren says. "We're just better off just keeping to our little arts alley."

Taking over the old space will be an expansion of EpiCentral Coworking, which recently signed the lease there.

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