Upcoming Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 6:00-8:00 PM
Join Sparks Gallery for an evening of interactivity and celebration with a live demo by local Hispanic artist Optimus Volts.
 
On October 5th not only will we recognize artist Optimus Volt’s innovative talents, on view as part of our Gallery Selections exhibition thru 10/29, we will also celebrate the important cultural contributions of all of the Hispanic-American artists we proudly exhibit at the gallery in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
 
Complementary refreshments will be served at 6pm with the artist demo beginning promptly at 6:30.

Historic Building Seminar

Sterling Hardware Building

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 6-8pmSan Diego Historic Plaque #80 - Sterling Hardware

Hear the history of the businesses that occupied the space where the gallery stands today, including details about the seedy underbelly of San Diego’s “New Town”. Speakers include local historians from Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) and the gallery building owners.

The “Sterling Hardware Building” was built in 1924 and designated as a historic building in the early 1980s when the Gaslamp Quarter was created.

Learn About:

  • A vaudeville theater, named “The Standard Theater”, specializing in variety shows and trapeze artists
  • C. Holle Company, maker of specialized glass, which was destroyed by a fire
  • The Sterling Company, seller of second-hand goods and tools
  • Ramona Wolf & Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona” novel
  • Sparks Gallery’s restoration of the historic building
    and more….

Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be served.

Tickets required

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Workshop: The Art of Journaling

Open to the Public / Ticket Required 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017
1:00-4:00 PM
Join SG artist Michelle D. Ferrera for an afternoon devoted to the craft of expressive free writing, drawing, and collage. Ferrera’s highly personal fine art practice evolved from her own journals, a journey she will share as she leads this workshop dedicated to manifesting dreams, processing ideas, and just showing up to meet that exhilarating blank page or canvas.
 
Ticket price includes a small journal for participants to keep and the use of materials (colored pencils, pens, markers, magazines, glue, etc.).
 
This workshop is appropriate for journalers of all ages and experience-levels, and though the session will be led by Ferrera, it will be highly collaborative.  Bring your stories and experiences to share as well as any materials you are interested in incorporating into your own journal.
 
Purchase tickets here.
 
Please note, due to the nature of this event, all tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance so that we can ensure materials are available for each guest on the day of the workshop.

Past Events

Sparks Gallery at KAABOO 2017

Sparks Gallery is excited to be part of the Artwork experience at KAABOO DEL MAR again this year with new works by local artists Alexander Arshansky, Gloria Muriel, Jon Barnes, Lee Sie, and more. Passes are required to view the Sparks Gallery booth, located inside the KAABOO Art Fair during the music festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In addition to a huge selection of contemporary art and live art performances, there is a major lineup of world-class music including Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Muse and much more. Continue reading

Sketch Night

Free / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required
TURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 6-8 PM

In celebration of our “minis / A Group Show” exhibition we’re hosting a night of live music and creativity.

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Visual Artists and Galleries Partnership Lecture at the Studio Door

Sparks Gallery, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Art Produce and The Studio Door are known for showcasing some of San Diego’s prominent visual artists. Though each gallery takes a different approach to how they operate their galleries, the owners and staff have come together to showcase gallery arts through a variety of programs in August at The Studio Door [3750 30th Street, North Park]. Continue reading

Artist Talk: Allied Craftsmen on Modern Weaving

Allied Craftsmen: Modern Weaving Panel
FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required
THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 6:30-8 PM

Join artists Charlotte Bird, Arline Fisch, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, and Kathy Nida as they discuss modern weaving, specifically as it relates to their works on display in our current group show: “Allied Craftsmen: Material Obsessions” and each artist’s unique approach to their craft.

Refreshments served at 6:30 pm

Talk will begin promptly at 6:45 pm

Parking is available at the Park It On Market parking structure at 614 Market St (and 7th Ave) for $1 per hour

Sparks Gallery Summer Bazaar

Join us on Saturday, May 13th from 11am – 5pm for a one day only Summer Bazaar at Sparks Gallery featuring new jewelry & small works by local artists. Just in time for Mother’s Day and graduation gift shopping.
 
Special features include Palm Readings by represented artist Alexander Arshansky & exclusive offers on delicious eats at Cafe Sevilla & Cute Cakes – our neighbors in the Gaslamp.
 
Free event – No RSVP required.
Vendors:
 
Plus all new pieces from Erin FaderSeth Papac, LOA Designs, and limited edition silk scarves by artist Anna Van Fleet.
 
DATE: Saturday, May 13th
TIME: 11am – 5pm
LOCATION: Sparks Gallery
Parking:
Parking is available at Park It On Market on 7th & Market for $1 per hour.

Wine & Paint with Artists Hill&Stump

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Artist Talk: Edge of the Ocean / A Group Show

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 6:30-8 PM

Artists Evgeniya Golik (Evgola), Brennan Hubbell, Alex Miller, and Christina Ilene Thomas from our current group show: “Edge of the Ocean / A Group Show” will speak about their works on display in the gallery and discuss their process and inspiration.

Refreshments served at 6:30 pm

Talk will begin promptly at 6:45 pm

Parking: Parking is available at the Park It On Market parking structure at 614 Market St (and 7th Ave) for $1 per hour

Artist Talk: Edge of the Ocean / A Group Show

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 6:30-8 PM

Artists Michael Carini, Michelle Kurtis Cole, and Brady Willmott from our current group show: “Edge of the Ocean / A Group Show” will speak about their works on display in the gallery and discuss their process and inspiration.

Refreshments served at 6:30 pm

Talk will begin promptly at 6:45 pm

Parking: Parking is available at the Park It On Market parking structure at 614 Market St (and 7th Ave) for $1 per hour