Your new fav T-shirt

Ericka Michael models Prescription No. 18 T-shirt: “Heroes, iconoclasts, villains (people everyone love to hate),” designed by Steven Sessler, printed by <a href="http://fibers.com/">Fibers.com</a>, hand-dyed and scissored by Laura Carter (so, the shirt includes four collaborating artists—heck, five if you count Renny Pritikin, who wrote the words).

Ericka Michael models Prescription No. 18 T-shirt: “Heroes, iconoclasts, villains (people everyone love to hate),” designed by Steven Sessler, printed by Fibers.com, hand-dyed and scissored by Laura Carter (so, the shirt includes four collaborating artists—heck, five if you count Renny Pritikin, who wrote the words).

Photo By KAYLEIGH MCCOLLUM

Prescription for a Healthy Art Scene opens this Friday, August 5, 6-10 p.m. at Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th Street; www.bowscollective.com. Through August 31. Prescription shirts will be available for purchase at the opening and throughout the month.

Bows & Arrows

1815 19th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 822-5668

trisha@bowscollective.com

Does Trisha Rhomberg have the remedy?

I’ve seen the local studio artist and indefatigable curator at Bows & Arrows gallery running around town, chatting up friends and collaborators, sharing pictures of screen-printing sessions on Facebook. All for this month’s exhibition, Prescription for a Healthy Art Scene, a 23-artist group show featuring 23 handmade shirts emblazoned with the words of one Renny Pritikin.

Not unlike German priest Martin Luther and his 95 theses, Pritikin, who curates the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, whipped up a list of what he sees as 23 cure-alls to an ailing arts scene. Rhomberg got her hands on his list, converted to a true believer and is now faithful to making Sacramento a healthier arts city.

Of the 23 “prescriptions,” she sees adventurous collectors, more art schools and programs, and articulate arts leaders as being of the essence here in Sacto. “People who take chances on new emerging artists on their own” are vital, she wrote to SN&R via email. “[We need] fearless buyers who don’t wait for big articles, or other well-known buyers, to make the move.”

Plus, she pointed out, Sacramentans so willingly throw down hundreds of dollars a month on food and booze: Why not set aside cash to buy some art?

Of the 23 shirts, design work by Laura Carter and Liz Donner stand out: “Taste the rainbow” tie-dye creations, “Edward Scissorhands” chop-ups tees, hand-beaded innovations, crochet work, detailed painting.

“I’m already wearing them,” Rhomberg said of the shirts, which will be on sale at the gallery opening and throughout the month (starting at $15).

So be part of the cure, not the disease, this Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Bows.