Upcoming Events

Degas Dinner

To celebrate Sparks Gallery’s upcoming 4 Year Anniversary, our next dinner party will observe the body in motion through art, music, and performances throughout the evening, and will be inspired by the famous French painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917). During this exclusive event interspersed with contemporary ballet performances by the San Diego Ballet Company dancers, we will be lead through a gastronomic journey catered by MIHO, taste exotic wine poured by The Rose Wine Bar, and mingle in European-style tables designed by Hostess Haven with florals by Layered Vintage.  Limited to 60 seats; 21+ Only.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://sparksgallery.com/shop/degas-dinner-tickets


Past Events

Perseverance Panel

For Giving Tuesday, Sparks Gallery will bring a cross-section of voices who represent a multiplicity of experiences together for a panel discussion on the subject of perseverance in San Diego’s arts & culture community. Leaders from unique disciplines will come together to share their insights in a wide ranging conversation.

Sparks Gallery owner & curator Sonya Sparks will host as well as participate in the panel. Sonya will be joined by Lynn Susholz, citizen artist and Executive Director of Art Produce, Jennifer de Poyen Executive Director of Space 4 Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Co-Curator Anthony Graham.

Each panel participant represents organizations at important inflection points — the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with their in-progress expansion, Sparks Gallery on the precipice of celebrating its fourth year, Lynn Susholz as she strives to pilot a new public arts initiative in North Park, and Space 4 Art as they fundraise to build their future home.

Panelists will share how they are all moving forward — collectively and independently — and what the future can hold for the arts in San Diego, resulting in a sharing of ideas that will empower people to feel a sense of agency in leading the arts and culture community forward.

Lee Sie & Jon Barnes – Here & There “California Works” Artist Talk and Reception

Join photographers Lee Sie and Jon Barnes on Friday, November 9, 2018 6-8pm for a discussion about their current exhibition “Here and There.” The exhibition includes images captured along the California coast as well as abroad. Paired together, one can see two distinct visions of the world through each artist’s photographs.

Free to attend. No RSVP required.


Sunset Photography Excursion in Coronado

Lee Sie - The Del

Join photographers Lee Sie and Jon Barnes on a guided photography excursion in Coronado on November 17, 2018 from 3:30-5:30pm. Ticket holders will be able to learn photographic techniques and digital camera settings from the experts while enjoying the many photographic opportunities in Coronado: lifeguard tower, rocks, ocean, coastline, sunset, and boats, to name a few.

Tickets may be purchased at: https://sparksgallery.com/shop/sunset-photography-excursion-coronado-tickets

Opening Reception: Medium Festival of Photography – Size Matters

Sparks Gallery is pleased to host the 2018 “Size Matters” exhibition for the annual Medium Festival of Photography.

Size Matters is the signature exhibition of the annual Medium Festival, presenting a curated selection of works smaller than 10 inches. The 2018 exhibition will be held at Sparks Gallery with an opening reception on Oct. 20 from 6-9pm. The exhibition juror is Brian Clamp, director of ClampArt in New York City. Continue reading

Gallery Selections “Chapter Two” Reception

In celebration of Chapter Two of our 2018 Gallery Selections Exhibition, Sparks Gallery will host an evening of artistic creation on Saturday, August 25th from 6pm – 9pm. Live painting and a fresh look at new works from each of our six featured artists are all part of the evening’s festivities. Join us to explore surrealist collage by Perry Vasquez, Fibonacci-inspired painting from Paul Hobson, Khalid Alkaaby’s arresting nudes, new illustrations inspired by the “wild women” mythology from Marissa Quinn, Brady Willmott’s enigmatic oil paintings, and the West Coast debut of Monty Montgomery’s Kaleidoskull collaboration with Tony Philippou.


Wine sales from opening reception to benefit Computers 2 SD Kids.

Gloria Muriel Live Painting & “Beyond the Eyes” Closing Reception

Guests are welcome to join Gloria Muriel on June 2, 1-4pm as she demonstrates her technique in a live painting session on the closing weekend of her solo exhibition, “Beyond the Eyes” at Sparks Gallery.

Free to attend. No RSVP required.

Parking is most available at the Park It On Market parking structure at 614 Market St (and 7th Ave) for $1 per hour. Street parking is also available for $1.25 per hour.

Reserve your parking spot ahead of time, visit the Sparks Gallery SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.