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Best of San Diego Downtown: Silver Winner for Best Art Gallery

San Diego Downtown News

March 2017

Sparks Gallery was recently awarded Silver in Downtown San Diego News’ Best of Downtown News poll. This is the second year in a row Sparks Gallery has been recognized by the tens of thousands of readers of this essential community guide. We’re thankful for the continued support of the downtown community.

Collect an Ocean of Talent

Fine Art Connoisseur

February 2017

“Featuring the works of nearly 40 accomplished artists, “Edge of the Ocean” is a large group exhibition at San Diego’s Sparks Gallery that’s a must-see. Along with some photography, the show largely features realist paintings of maritime subjects and seascapes. More specifically, show curators asked artists to create works inspired by the San Diego coastline.”

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Art Fix: The Sparks Gallery Presents Sculptors of Southern California

Check/In San Diego: A Lifestyle Guide by the Sofia Hotel

February 2017

The Gas Lamp’s historic Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego’s West End has been charming visitors to “America’s Finest City” since 1927. We’re grateful for the recent feature in this world class destination’s carefully curated lifestyle guide, Check In, recommending our Southern California Sculpture show. “It’s always worth visiting the Sparks Gallery on a San Diego visit, as it focuses on promoting the works of artists from the city and Southern California in general.”

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February Pulse: Art Beat

Pacific San Diego

January 2017

“Sirens” by Stefanie Bales, a part of Sparks Gallery’s Edge of the Ocean exhibition, was featured in Pacific San Diego Magazine’s “February Pulse: Art Beat” in promotion of our opening reception on February 19th.

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Exhibition brings national sculpture artists to downtown gallery

Pacific San Diego

January 2017

From the figurative to conceptual, and the classically elegant to the downright playful, Southern CA Sculpture, A Group Show has a piece for every type of art lover. At Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego through March 5, the show is the inaugural exhibition of the National Sculpture Society’s Southern California division.

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National Sculpture Society kicks off exhibition at Sparks Gallery

Pacific San Diego

January 2017

The oldest organization of sculptors in the country (clocking in at over 120 years), the prestigious National Sculpture Society selected 23 top artists from Southern California for the Sparks Gallery show, Southern California Sculpture: A Group Show.

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In her new gallery, artist finds her own narrative

San Diego Union-Tribune

November 2016

A Q&A with Sparks Gallery Owner and Curator Sonya Sparks on her life-long passion for the arts, why she loves calling Kensington home, and the vibrancy of the Southern California art scene.

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Animalia mostrará obras de la artista mexicana, Gloria Muriel

San Diego Union-Tribune

November 2016

A profile on Sparks Gallery represented artist Gloria Muriel on the occasion of the opening of Animalia: A Group Show featuring works by 32 Southern California artists, including Muriel.

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Local artist is part of Sparks Gallery’s new animal exhibit

Del Mar Times

November 2016

Encinitas painter Heather Lenefsky is one of 32 San Diego artists whose work will be on display as the Sparks Gallery presents “Animalia/A Group Show,” beginning Saturday, Nov, 12.

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Exhibit ‘celebrates the elegance of nature in the animal kingdom’

SD Uptown News

November 2016

Uptown residents Greg Bada, Stephanie Clair, Monica Hui Hekman, Amy Paul and Kelly Paige Standard will be among 32 area artists featured in “Animalia/A Group Show,” opening Nov. 12 at Sparks Gallery.

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Good Morning San Diego: Sparks Gallery / ART SD 16

KUSI

November 2016

Good Morning San Diego joined owner Sonya Sparks and artist Alexander Arshansky at Sparks Gallery’s Art SD ’16 booth for a behind the scenes look at Arshansky’s artistic practice and a preview of the gallery’s festival booth.

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Capturing the Physique – A Live Demonstration by Anna Stump at Sparks Gallery

Art Guide San Diego

October 2016

On October 14th, Anna Stump, an accomplished San Diego based artist and educator, gave a live drawing and painting demonstration at Sparks Gallery, which I had the good fortune to attend. I got there a little early and was able to peruse the current Physique exhibition, where Anna is represented, and the reason for the demonstration with live models. I was near the back of the gallery when I heard the music start.

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Readers Poll: San Diego’s Best Art and Culture

City Beat

October 2016

Sparks Gallery was selected by readers of San Diego City Beat as one of the city’s top art galleries. Click through for more info on the city’s best art, events, comedy, museums and more.

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Animalia

SoCal Life Magazine

October 2016

Sparks Gallery, a local fine art gallery and event space, will open their latest exhibition entitled “Animalia / A Group Show”. The exhibition will feature 32 local San Diego artists, each presenting a work of art depicting animals, both real and imaginary. The works on view include oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more.

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Artists Present Impressive Bodies of Work at Sparks Gallery

Pacific San Diego

September 2016

“Physique,” a group show at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp Quarter, pulls us out of our visual apathy and brings a mindful clarity to our most prized personal possession. The exhibition is an impressive review of the human body, in isolation and within varied environments.

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San Diego Cultural Explorers: Physique

San Diego Cultural Explorers

August 2016

The San Diego Cultural Explorers share cultural activities and events in San Diego, creating a unique network to promote their businesses. The Explorers joined Sparks Gallery for the opening reception of “Physique” and created a video recap of their experience in the gallery.

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Pulse: January Art Beat

Pacific San Diego

December 2015

Sparks Gallery’s current group show comes to a close with exhibiting artists putting on live demonstrations of the techniques and styles used in creating their dream-inspired works.

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’16 Words

San Diego City Beat

December 2015

How can San Diegans resolve to support the local arts community in 2016? “Have a local artist commission a piece of artwork for you for a special memory.” Sonya Sparks, Sparks Gallery

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Urbanist’s Guide to Last-Minute Gifting in San Diego

Urbanist

December 2015

For the art lover: Gaslamp’s Sparks Gallery always shows distinctive work by local artists. Currently, it just so happens to be hosting a small works exhibition comprised of 10×10-inch paintings. Going for $200 apiece after taxes, each individual selection makes for a wonderful artsy gift. Featured artists include Eric Wixon, Hill&Stump, Alexander Arshansky and more.

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Best of San Diego 2015

San Diego Magazine

December 2015

GASLAMP REVAMP: Sparks Gallery
It housed Sterling Hardware (circa 1924) and later a vaudeville theater with swinging trapeze artists. And now, after a multi-million dollar renovation by Patrick Henry High School and USD grad Sonya Sparks and her family, it’s a gorgeous bi-level art gallery with exposed brick, skylights, and original wood floors—a stunning stage for local and international artists.

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Besides the Weather: What Makes San Diego Great

Urbanist

November 2015

It’s no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans: What else makes this city great? “I love finding little pockets of history in our young town, which is why we chose the Sterling Hardware Building as the location for Sparks Gallery. It was a hardware store for decades, built in 1924. Before that, in the same location, there was a glass maker and carriage works, a small hotel, and a vaudeville theater with trapeze artists.”

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The Art of Buying Art

Art Pin

November 2015

With so much art on the market, how do you discern which pieces are worthy of your hard earned money?

“My advice would be to buy pieces that maintain an allure in one’s mind even after the initial viewing. It may be because of an experience shared by both the collector and the artist, or perhaps an emotional draw.”

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SOHO Gives Awards for Preserving San Diego

San Diego Union-Tribune

May 2015

Sparks Art Gallery – Adaptive reuse award. Built by noted local contractor Moritz Trepte in 1924, the building was developed by W.E. Kier and occupied by Sterling Hardware and also used as a secondhand store and paint store. In the 1980s it was converted for an architectural office, then a hair salon, imports rugs gallery and other commercial uses.

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Sparks of Inspiration: New San Diego Local Art Gallery

Adorations Botanical Artistry

April 2015

The Sparks Gallery is home for contemporary artwork from artists living in San Diego and encourages patronage of local artists, while supporting San Diego’s growth as a strong art community. Located in the historic Sterling Hardware Building on Sixth Avenue between Island and Market in the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic focus of the building aims to pair old San Diego with new contemporary visions.

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Francine Ribeau Events: Sparks Gallery Featured Venue

Francine Ribeau Events

April 2015

I had the opportunity to visit a new San Diego Venue located in the historic Gaslamp District yesterday. I had no idea what an amazing venue I was about to set my eyes on. My measly six photos below can’t do it justice, so please visit the gallery when you have the opportunity.

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Sparks Gallery in Gaslamp Features Two Jewish Artists

San Diego Jewish World

March 2015

The Sparks Gallery located at 530 Sixth Avenue in the historic Sterling Hardware building in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is currently showing sculptures by Jewish artists Steven Florman and Ilanit Shalev.

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Sparks Gallery: Art Family Style

SD Visual Arts

March 2015

How often have you gone into a gallery with large white walls and although you have been impressed by the art, you have had trouble envisioning it in your own home. My first impression of the Sparks Gallery, now that it has been renovated, was that of an inviting home setting.

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Sparks Gallery to Inject Art into the Gaslamp

San Diego City Beat

February 2015

“I consider the gallery itself as a big personal art project,” Sparks says. “I wanted to start a business, but I just felt like I wanted to support the arts community, too. It’s meaningful to me, and I think this could be a great thing to happen to the community.”

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Sparks Gallery Reopening

Urbanist

February 2015

Sparks Gallery has been a fixture in the downtown art scene since 2013. Due for some major renovations to the Sterling Hardware Building, Sparks closed for construction. On March 1st, the gallery is reopening in its shiny new digs with an exhibit featuring 60 San Diego artists and the unveiling of the two-story high mural “fractals series,” by Monty Montgomery.

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Best of San Diego 2013

San Diego Magazine

August 2013

Local gal Sonya Sparks’ family acquired an old brick building and plans to renovate it into a contemporary art gallery. Based on the preview we got this summer with a showing of SD Art Prize artists, we’re excited for the full opening later this year.

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The New Downtown

San Diego Magazine

July 2013

Sonya Sparks is turning the historic Sterling Hardware Building into a gallery for established and emerging artists. And judging by the pre-renovations show for the San Diego Art Prize, the city’s art scene is taking notice.

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San Diego Art Prize

The Talk of San Diego Radio Show

June 2013

The Talk of San Diego Show was at the San Diego Rep Theater at Horton Plaza on Friday. Show host Susanna Peredo chatted with Patricia Frischer, San Diego Visual Arts Network Coordinator about the Sparks Gallery show featuring emerging artists from the San Diego Art Prize.

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New Contemporaries + Sparks Gallery

Urbanist

June 2013

In partnership with the San Diego Visual Arts Network’s San Diego Art Prize, New Contemporaries VI is an exhibition of this year’s “Emerging Artist” nominees, nominated by the SD Art Prize committee and last year’s prize recipients.

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New Art-Venue Alert: Sparks Gallery

San Diego City Beat

May 2013

A Gaslamp Quarter building that once housed a theater full of dancing girls and a lady trapeze artist in the late 1800s and early 1900s now holds the city’s newest art space, Sparks Gallery. “We looked for two years for a space,” says gallery owner and curator Sonya Sparks, 31, who purchased the gallery with her family. “We wanted to have a building that had San Diego history in it.”

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