My little family moved into the WAREHOUSE ARTIST LOFTS (WAL) a few weeks ago, and we are very excited to

have a little more space to paint, sew, play music, make jewelry and collaborate with our friends.

I started going door-to-door yesterday and introducing myself because

I want to know who my neighbors are and how we can

support each other.

I’m going to get everyone’s face and skills compiled through this @WAL_WORLD insta

I live to collaborate.


Opening up a new shop with my friends in a month!

Rachel from Racks, Erica from Twice, (holdmygold vintage, pretty trashy) and Arlene “GPA” with

great vintage treasure from all over the country!

The shop is called OLD GOLD and we will offer vintage, handmade and new clothing and accessories for men and women.

I am very proud to be commissioning local artists and makers to produce our own in house line of products at OLD GOLD!

(like the OLD GOLD Facebook Here)

(follow us on insta HERE@shop_old_gold)

Stay tuned for the OFFICIAL opening dates, but for now, you can pencil in the 11th of April….

Here is a Save-the-Date….

We are opening in the ground floor of the WAL building along with our friends at:

METROJUICE who will serve cold pressed delicious healthy treats in addition to

coffee, beer and wine,

FISH FACE- a KRU sushi venture also with adult beverages,

MEDIUMRARE Records and Collectibles – Highest quality vinyl and some rad Beatles memorabilia,

Kicksville Vintage and Vinyl Records • 45′s • Vintage • Mid Century • Decor & So Much More!

BENJAMINS – Ben makes his own cashmere shoes !

MOROKKRAFT- Morrocan import showroom #boucherouite,

These will be Super fun parties ALL SUMMER LONG on R STREET.

Let’s make it happen. Reach out.





Taylor Kohl – “Alm”
Anyone who has frequented any number of Bows and Arrows performances during the last two years is bound to have encountered native Sacramento musician Taylor Kohl working diligently behind the sound board, if not performing himself on a handful of occasions with avant-rock outfits Practice and Buff Clout (once). Those who call him friend have surely noted a charm that is distinctly his own; one of calm, introspective, and well-cultured properties- wise beyond his years in knowledge of music and style. Closer friends and peers in music have certainly acknowledged inspiration from his work, one common form being a strengthened drive to push boundaries and explore beyond conventional forms. To this writer, the feeling was first truly exemplified with Taylor’s 2012 far out lo-fi EP “IVnicate,” although it had become clear to me far sooner, upon witnessing his former band Wassup Foolie, that  we had a future star in our midst.
Enter 2014, with the arrival of Taylor’s first proper full-length, “Alm.” Packed with a myriad of styles, sounds, and influences, the listener is faced with the delightful challenge of finding anything similar to liken it with against all odds.“Alm” is equally as accessible as it is adventurous, with each of its nine tracks guiding the listener through realms both dark and ethereal, provocative yet poppy, contemplative yet playful; all veiled within its distinct hazy dream-like atmosphere and alluring vocal harmonies. One might attempt to attribute known terms to describe the work, be it progressive electronic, vaporwave, chillwave, electro-pop, chiptunes, art pop, or whatever else comes to mind, though be assured that any of these terms alone fail to describe the brevity of the work as a whole.
You can stream “Alm” free at Taylor’s Bandcamp page, or donate a measly two bucks to have it in the digital format of your choice. Either way, those interested in exploring some of the freshest sounds coming out of Sacramento currently may do so here: http://taylorkohl.bandcamp.com/
-Zack Bissell


Spring Shopping at the POP UP

While we watch the on-going construction of the new location, you can still shop our selection of VINTAGE, HANDMADE and NEW items at the Downtown Plaza!

During the Holiday season, Bows and Arrows had two pop up shops inside the downtown plaza to help bring some locally made goods and unique selections to the mix of what mall shoppers might expect to find, while hoping to turn some new customers onto the shop on 19th street, and what we offered there. It was a great success for the holiday season and I’d like to thank Tre Borden from Exhibit S , and Michelle Alexander from FLYWHEEL for letting us join the party downtown. (And incase you were wondering, no, the rent is not free in the Downtown Plaza, but the Arts and Business Council did negotiate a lower rate for smaller, newer businesses. Thanks ABC!)

As we all know, the downtown plaza is set for demolition, and will be replaced by the new ARENA. Our pop up will be located inside the FLYWHEEL shop along side JUNIPER JAMES and MEDIUM RARE RECORDS until April 2014.   (The Downtown plaza is at 7th -5th streets and L st – J st….we are directly across from Lenscrafters in the L st. and 6th st. wing)

If you want news on Shopping parties, Sales and upcoming events, make sure you are following us on Instagram @bowscollective, and are signed up for our monthly emails.


I’m talking today with the community development department to make sure that the next space we take over in April/MAY-OCT 2014 will be zoned and permitted for all kinds of events so we can quickly re-add ART and LIVE MUSIC happenings back to BOWS AND ARROWS! Stay tuned, the break won’t last too long!

I’ll be having friends guest blog and add info on local shows and fun things to do while I learn how to be a mom.

Feel free to shoot me questions: trisha@bowscollective.com
and set up summer/ fall events : booking@bowscollective.com


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You can also find items for sale online HERE .

This is a handy phone AP shop that makes buying from

your smartphone pretty easy.


Mobile Sound Lab with Liz Barton and Skye Bergen



Mobile Sound Lab: An interactive  sound installation

by Liz Barton

and Skye Bergen


Liz Barton is a performer, educator, multimedia artist, and a “maker of sound and other wondrous things. Skye Bergen is an artist, organizer, and punk-rock drummer. Together they conceived and initiated the Mobile Sound Lab.Their first stop is here at Bows & Arrows. The public is invited to explore and play hand-made and carefully placed object-instruments. Barton and Bergen designed and built  a fort-like structure out of doors and panels creating an intimate spiral-space to explore sound, play, and composition. 


Inside the Lab,  is an IPOD, external mic, and headphones with instructions on how to record loops on the application Loopy. Composing begins. The player can be solo or with others and has the option to upload their compositions to Soundcloud.



Also in the gallery are hand-made instruments, sculpture, and digital images by Liz Barton using her famous bottle-caps and the remnants from a dismantled piano.



This work will be on view through the end of the month.












Toy Drive Show with Mr. P Chill, Light Skinned Creole & More! 11/27


On November 27th, 2013 at Bows & Arrows members of the Sacramento Hip Hop scene will come together for a Toy Drive to benefit Operation Crachit.
Operation Crachit is the yearly Christmas basket program organized by Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. This program helps provide Christmas presents to children in need in the Sacramento area.
The event, organized by veteran emcee Mr. P Chill, will begin at 7:00 PM on November 27th. Admission is a $5 donation or 1 new, unwrapped toy. All donations, cash and toys, will be given to Stanford Settlement.
Mr. P Chill will also be performing at the event along with local talent: Tao Jiriki, Mike ColossalLight-Skinned CreoleBeatKnocksMax Bundles, and recent Tennessee transplant, J.Smo.


Makers Mart and the 12 Days of Midtown

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Each year from December 1-12 Midtown kicks off the holiday season with 12 days of Midtown, featuring  events and specials that are sure to fill visitors and residents with holiday cheer. This event showcases local businesses and organizations through festive activities that engage the public to make Midtown a part of their holiday traditions.Throughout the 12 days attendees can experience a variety of events and activities including: performances by the region’s best performing arts organizations, unique shopping and holiday sales, holiday eats and drinks, and of course Santa!


We are excited to be a part of the 12 Days of Midtown at Bows and Arrows; our Makers Mart, a handmade local shopping bazaar, is on Sunday, December 8th. It’s a great way to get your holiday shopping done and support local businesses at the same time! All of the vendors featured at Makers Mart are local and make one of a kind items like jewelry, clothing, and original art.


Check out the rest of the 12 days of Midtown events here. 

Happy Holidays!

Short Center Art Show


The gallery show for November is brought to you by Short Center South,  a nonprofit fine arts program that has been serving the Sacramento area for over twenty years.


One of the many purposes of Short Center South is to allow artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to create their art in a studio like setting. The artists at Short Center have the opportunity to be mentored by professional working artists from the Sacramento area. Artists at Short Center are empowered to develop their own personal artistic style. The artwork exhibited here is a great example of the diverse quality of artistic expressions produced by the artists.


All of the artists who attend the center are adults who have been working on their craft for many years. Some of them have been coming to the center for as long the program has existed. Many have become professional artists in their own right, developing their own style, having numerous exhibitions and selling their work. Proceeds of artwork purchased go directly back to the artists, further encouraging artistic and personal growth. It is always an honor for us to be able to share this incredible art work with the public.


The opening reception for this show will take place on December 6th from 6-9 pm

The show will be on display from December 6th to January 1st.

RSVP to the Facebook Event Here

Friday, November 1st. Capitol Public Radio Print Party and Art Opening with live printing by Paul Imagine


Join us on Friday, November 1st in supporting our local CAPITOL PUBLIC RADIO station and local artists.

Congratulations to this year’s PRINT RADIO winners – Will Yoshimura, Rita Okusako and Christian Lejeau!  These selected designs will be hand-printed on shirts and tank tops.

On November 1st, poster artist PAUL IMAGINE  will be at the Bows gallery from 5-8pm to demonstrate the silk screen process and to print the winning designs. Pre-sale shirts and tank tops are available for $20 and $18 respectively and can be purchased here. Shirts and tanks will be available exclusively at Bows & Arrows.

Also, prints from the 15 finalists will be on view in the gallery in the month of November.

PAUL IMAGINE is an artist who has made a major contribution in the past 25 years to hand drawn and silk screened poster art, an underground art movement, and the DIY punk scene. His work is found in national and international collections and books. He appears in the film American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art . We are excited to announce his upcoming show at Bow’s with Chuck Sperry in February 2014. More work can be seen and purchased here .

Support your local radio station, meet Paul Imagine,  and buy local art!




 November 1st

5-8pm. All Ages. Free.

 RSVP here.

VOTE for your favorite PRINT RADIO design!


Capital Public Radio and Bows & Arrows have collaborated in asking artist to submit original works of art for a “Print Radio” contest. The three winning designs will be purchased at $500 each. Selections will be on our gallery walls in November including a live printing by PAUL IMAGINE of the awarded design.

But we need YOUR help to choose the winning designs!

Just click this link and vote for your favorite.

And join us for the art reception on November 1st!

NIGHT: A Special Ruhstaller Beer Collaboration with Jose Di Gregorio, 10/4


Sacramento’s Ruhstaller Brewing Company has teamed up with local artists to create a special line of beers featuring unique designs. “Night” is the second release in this line (the first being Melissa Arendt’s Tripel Dipper), and features art by Jose Di Gregorio.

Jose’s cosmic, geometric designs are becoming well known around Sacramento (and beyond), but this is the first time they’ve been featured on a beer bottle.

“For me it’s a collaboration I never could have imagined doing,” said Jose. “I’m honored. Ruhstaller has been coming through repeatedly in supporting local arts and culture agencies. They’ve been very present with Verge Center for the Arts (where I have my studio), and so it’s great to drink quality artisan beer while at a Verge function, not just some bullshit PBR.”


Night is a 9.0% ABV English-style California-grown Barley wine, which Jose picked for its heaviness that matches the “stark, yet refined contrast” of the black glass bottle and white lines of his design. “Normally I can’t stand the sweetness of a barley wine, but as an English-style it had the right level of malt and hops,” he said. “Ruhstaller batched it just right so that it was enjoyable for me to drink.”

JE Paino of Ruhstaller said the beer, which he calls the Di Gregorio, is “meant to be enjoyed after a meal – as an aperitif – but its sweet yet still smooth finish makes it great for any fall or winter

Jose described his design as a “simple, almost universal pattern that signified ‘night’.


The beer release will coincide with the art opening for Night: New Work by Jose Di Gregorio and Jared Tharp, from 6-9pm on October 4th. Come by and enjoy some local beer and local art!