Upcoming Events

Uptown Meets Downtown Artist Talk

Join us for an evening of inspiration with the artists exhibited in “Uptown Meets Downtown”. Artists of THE STUDIO DOOR will discuss how the Roaring Twenties inspired their pieces for the show, as well as their techniques and visions for their art in 2020.

FREE / Open to the Public
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Contemporary Cake Walk / Sparks Gallery 5 Year Anniversary

In celebration of the gallery’s Five-Year Anniversary, we will host live art and food performances by a selection of talented local artists on February 29, 2020 from 6-9pm. Inspired by our Contemporary Still Life exhibit (on view Feb 8 – April 26, 2020), Four Sparks Gallery artists will be hand-embellishing a cake that will be served that same evening. The cakes will be decorated by each artist in their signature style with edible decorations. This is a chance to see the artist perform their craft live, in an edible art form. Dinner and drinks will be provided in the ticket cost. Tickets are required and may be purchased here: https://sparksgallery.com/shop/contemporary-cake-walk-tickets

Past Events

An Evening with ManRabbit

An Evening with ManRabbit

Thursday, April 11, 2019 6-8PM
Free to attend.

Join us for an evening of conversation with the powerful duo that is ManRabbit as they discuss their process and inspiration behind their work.

ManRabbit is a collaboration by San Diego artists Lee Selman and Carla Naden. The two female artists work together as a team to layer fabric and paper, paint, jewels and sparkles, and finally top each piece with a thick resin coat, leaving the works with a luxurious gleam.


Parking is most available at the Park It On Market parking structure at 614 Market St (and 7th Ave) for $1 per hour before 6PM. After 6PM, $10 flat rate or 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. https://spothero.com/san-diego/sparks-gallery-parking

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