One of Sacramento’s most beloved arts and entertainment businesses, Bows and Arrows, recently announced that they will be closing at the end of January. The vintage shop/art gallery/music venue/cafe (yes, it’s a lot of things rolled up under one roof, that’s what makes it so special!), located at 1815 19th Street and co-owned by local artists Olivia Coelho and Trisha Rhomberg, posted to Facebook on Jan. 1, 2014, saying, “Our last month will be January, and we want it to be the best month ever.” They went on to say, “Although it breaks our hearts to think of losing our dream come true, we are both ready for new adventures. So please come celebrate this crazy experiment that two artists conspired to create with love in our hearts for our community.” The exact reason why Bows is closing is unknown thus far by local media outlets (not even The Bee or the Business Journal reported on why it’s closing in their pieces on Bows this week), but the fact of the matter is that Bows will be severely missed by local music and art enthusiasts. We here at Submerge absolutely loved all the unique and eclectic art shows that Bows hosted (you can only take so many galleries boasting paintings and photographs of the fucking Tower Bridge for so long!), so we will miss those most, along with their amazing back patio and killer live bands, too. While it is still unclear what the two will be up to next, we’re pretty sure that Rhomberg, at least, will open a new spot sometime this Spring. “Spring will be a new chapter for sure,” Rhomberg wrote on her Facebook page. “I’ll always find a way to try to engage and support the creative community and have plans for a new space opening in Spring with some rad Sacramento entrepreneurial friends!” As soon as more details are revealed about their future plans, as well as who/what will take over their current space, we’ll be sure to update our readers. For now, take a look at our calendar section or visit Bowscollective.com to see their line-up of events for their final month. There are some great bands playing, cool art on the walls, local beers on tap and tasty food to boot. Let’s send Bows off in style! And a huge special thanks to Coelho, Rhomberg and all of Bows’ staff for all that they’ve done (and will no doubt continue to do) for the local arts community.
-Photo by Nicholas Wray