Modern Art is a storefront design studio located at 529 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster. The space was created by Libby Modern and Joanna Seedorf, both designers and artists who use the space as their creative hub, where they design things like posters, logos, signs, and branding strategies. They also use the space as a studio for painting original works and developing community art projects, including the collaborative ArtBike Lancaster project in partnership with The Common Wheel.
Along with these excellent creative initiatives, Modern Art also hosts events, including a series of Tiny Modern Concerts, which are organized by a variety of promoters from around the area. While I had attended concerts at Modern Art in the past, I had the pleasure of producing our first show there on Friday, September 25, when the Lancasphere Sound Collective welcomed Dream Boat, a psychedelic collective of musicians from Athens, GA who are currently touring the Northeast and Midwest.
Dream Boat, which features the songwriting of Page Campbell, is fronted by Page along with her sister, Claire Campbell, also of Hope For Agoldensummer. The sisters filled the space with lush sibling harmonies and heavenly dream pop melodies, backed by drummer/keyboardist Ryan Vogel and guitarist/keyboardist, Kris Deason. Their set was so well received that the audience brought them back for a double encore.
Modern Art proved to be a wonderfully intimate space for a shows. It occupies the first floor of a corner row house at the intersection of Chestnut and Pine. The front room, which likely served as a living room for many years in the past, served as the performance space and offered a house concert vibe comfortably seating 25 with room for another dozen or more as a standing room. While the concerts aren’t scheduled on a regular basis, the super cool intimate vibe and gracious hospitality provided by Libby and Jo make Tiny Modern Concerts something to definitely keep an eye on. The concerts and other event listings for Modern Art can be found here. And be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Photo by David Bellard