Past Events

Open House Pop Up + Architectural Tour

Please join us during the annual San Diego Open House architectural tours on March 25, 12-4pm to learn more about the history of the gallery building and peruse some of our featured vendors. FREE and open to the public.

Wine will be available to purchase for $5 per glass, proceeds to benefit ArtReach.

// Featuring local & handmade accessories and art from:

Briar & The Rose

Lee Sie

Jon Barnes

Penny Sparkle Designs

Vika Artisan Boutique


More about the Architectural Tours Here: Continue reading

Artist Talk: Li Huai / Artist as Producer

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 6:30-8 PM 

Artist as Producer

This talk will cover many angles related to aesthetic, social, political and economic issues. As part of the talk, artist Li Huai will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy as a part of her artistic background and current teaching – linking everything back to areas of increasing public interest.

Visitors to the gallery will be able to speak with the artist and ask questions about the collection of works which will be on display at Sparks Gallery as part of the exhibition “You Fascinate Me!” from March 11 – June 11th, 2017.

Works include Chinese ink & acrylic on paper, acrylic on canvas, and 24 karat gold leaf covered birchwood “religious icon” panels, handcrafted using 13th century techniques.


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Sparks Gallery Two Year Anniversary Celebration

FREE / Open to the Public / RSVP Mandatory


Please join us to celebrate Sparks Gallery’s Two Year Anniversary with wine, small bites, performances, and music. Free to attend but RSVP is mandatory for this event.

RSVP’s must be submitted by 5pm on March 3rd

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Artist Talk: Animalia / A Group Show

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required


Artists Heather Lenefsky, Marissa Quinn, Lee Sie, Barbara Stanley and Lee Selman (Manrabbit) from our current group show: “Animalia / 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: Southern CA Sculpture / Closing Reception

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required


Visitors to the gallery will be able to talk with the artists and ask questions about their technique and style as they discuss their works on view in “Southern CA Sculpture / A Group Show”.

The National Sculpture Society: Sculpture Symposium at Sparks Gallery

Figurative Sculpture: Then and Now

• Adapting figurative sculpture in the 21st century
• The evolution of figurative sculpture
• Southern California Sculpture – past and present

Saturday. February 25th, 2-4pm

Roxana Velasquez (San Diego Museum of Art, Executive Director)
Vanessa Francoise Rothe (Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, West Coast Editor)
Eugene Daub (NSS Fellow)
Richard Becker (NSS Elected Member)

Free of charge / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required

Living Jewelry Workshop by Adorations Botanical Artistry

Viva la fleurista! Master the style and craftsmanship of designing real, LIVING flower jewelry in this 3 hour workshop with Adorations Botanical Artistry. Founder and Creative Director, LaVonne Crawford shares the technique and tricks on how to create extraordinary rings, wrist cuffs, and pendants made out of live botanical elements. Utilizing a variety of succulents and seasonal flower product with attention to color and composition, attendees will design 2-3 accessories to wear themselves or gift to a loved one. These LIVE statement pieces are intended to wear for special occasions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, fashionable parties!

Workshop includes instruction, florals, supplies, and light refreshments. NOTE: If treated gently, the living jewelry can be enjoyed for up to 2 weeks.

DATE: Rescheduled for Sunday, April 23rd

TIME: 10 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Sparks Gallery

COST: $85, includes all supplies for 2-3 accessories

Purchase Tickets Here

A minimum of 5 students is needed to keep the class open. *We will only continue the workshops if the minimum attendance is met. We reserve the right to reschedule the class date if minimum attendance is not met 7 days prior to workshop date.

Please note, there is a Padres game taking place at 1:40 pm on the day of our event, so please plan your parking accordingly.

Adorations Botanical Artistry is known for luxury wedding and special event floral design throughout Southern California and has been featured for their expertise in style, texture, and grand environments as seen in Ceremony Magazine, The Knot, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Exquisite Weddings, & Green Wedding Shoes. For more info,

About LaVonne Crawford: LaVonne is unabashedly a wife and mother, an artist, a coach, and a warrior for positive change, all for which she wears her heart on her sleeve. She created Adorations Botanical Artistry as a response to her calling as a designer and supporter of self-expression.

Gaslamp Pet Parade / Pop-Up / Live Painting at Sparks Gallery

Please bring your pets and join us for the annual Pet Parade in the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, December 11, 12-5pm. Sparks Gallery will be hosting a booth on 5th Ave during the parade with a pop up shop: animal felt creations by Valerie Hebert and a selection of small artworks by local artists.

In the gallery: Sparks Gallery is currently showing an exhibition about animals entitled “Animalia / A Group Show“. View sculpture, photography, painting, and more from 31 local & Southern CA artists… just a short walk around the corner from the parade.

Pet commissions available and live painting demo by Jeremy Sicile-Kira from 1-2pm. The artist will do an aura reading of the pet and a complimentary aura reading for the owner with purchase of a commissioned pet painting.

{Read More about Jeremy Sicile-Kira}

Housebroken pets are welcome in the gallery on a leash or in a carrier for this event.

{Pet Parade Registration Details Here}

Holiday Bazaar and Open House at Sparks Gallery

Please join us for an evening filled with festivities at Sparks Gallery on Thursday, December 8 from 5-9pm. This event is open to the public.

  • Holiday Bazaar featuring new jewelry and small works from San Diego artists:
  • Gallery open house and holiday party with tastes and complimentary beverages
  • Alexander Arshansky painting demo and complimentary palm readings
  • Kids crafts corner
  • Printing press demonstration by TJ
  • $5 off parking with purchase (show your parking slip from Park it on Market or 6th & K Parkade)
  • Special pet portrait commissions available for purchase – please inquire during your visit


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

An Evening With Artist Alexander Arshansky

Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm

Free event – No RSVP required

Alexander Arshansky will perform a live painting demonstration on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30pm. Visitors to the gallery will be able to talk with the artist and ask questions about his technique and style and his current exhibition “Stories Within” on display at Sparks Gallery through December 30, 2016. Continue reading

Foodie Intuition: A Visual & Culinary Exploration of the Senses



PURCHASE TICKETS HERE  (also gets you free entry to ARTSD16)

A Visual & Culinary Exploration of the Senses: Your ticket includes access to delicious samplings by six amazing chefs, live dance performances, and wine samplings from Baja Wine + Food at Sparks Gallery in a special partnership with Vanguard Culture. Additional beverages available for purchase. 21+ only.

Your Foodie Intuition ticket purchase includes Free entry to ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair ($25 Value).

Featuring live dance by Aurora Lagatutta and an immersive tango experience by Patricia Becker & Marc Hussner from Urban Tango. The exhibition on view is PHYSIQUE: An exploration of the human form and the body as a landscape with paintings, photography, and sculpture by San Diego artists.

Since 2011 Vanguard Culture has been hosting intimate artsy evenings in celebration of delicious food and creative people. Foodie Soirées are typically held in private homes of artists, art collectors, and arts patrons with unique spaces. Events feature cutting-edge art installations; live performances by some of the region’s best dancers, musicians, singers and actors; tours of private art collections; chef demonstrations; and more.

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Sparks Gallery at Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair 2016

Sparks Gallery is pleased to be showing work at the Art San Diego 2016 Contemporary Art Fair from November 3 – November 6, 2016.

The show will run from Thursday, November 3 (VIP Party) to Sunday, November 6 at the Balboa Park Activity Center.

Free entry to ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair with ticket purchase to Foodie Intuition: A Visual & Culinary Exploration of the Senses happening on Saturday, November 5th from 7pm to 9pm. ($25 Value)

Please contact the gallery for a special VIP pass for Thursday night (7-9pm) for the collector’s preview party.

Live Painting Demonstration – Physique Exhibition

Live Painting Demonstration by Artist Anna Stump – Physique Exhibition

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm

Free event – No RSVP required

In celebration of our current group exhibition “Physique”, Anna Stump will perform a live demonstration with a model from Blue Jeans and Bikinis Gaslamp on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Visitors to the gallery will be able to talk with the artist from 6-8pm and ask questions about her technique and style and her works currently on display at Sparks Gallery.

About the Artist:

Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007. She teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College.


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


An Evening with Artist Daniel Dust

An Evening with Artist Daniel Dust

Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6pm to 7:30pm

Free event – No RSVP required

Daniel Dust will perform a live painting demonstration on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Visitors to the gallery will be able to talk with the artist from 6-7:30pm and ask questions about his technique and style and his current exhibition “Dark Heavens” on display at Sparks Gallery through October 23, 2016.

About the Artist:

The artist presents brand new works for his solo show, “Dark Heavens”. Daniel Dust’s hyperreal paintings have been meticulously hand painted in grand scale.

Daniel Dust is a self-taught hyperrealist painter, born in Washington and based in San Diego. Continue reading

Sparks Gallery Showing at KAABOO 2016

Sparks Gallery is pleased to be showing work at the KAABOO Music Festival’s Art Fair from September 16 – September 18, 2016.

KAABOO’s VIP party kicks off on September 15th before the public opening. The gallery has a limited selection of KAABOO Art Collectors Passes. Before you purchase your tickets {here}, please contact the gallery for your VIP access code for Thursday night for an extremely limited advanced viewing of the art, as well special musical performances by Chris Isaak and Macy Gray at this popular Del Mar festival.