Past Events

An Evening with Artist Anna Stump

Free / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required

Tuesday, March 27th, 6-8pm

Anna Stump will perform a live painting demonstration on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 6:00pm. The artist will lead a short discussion about her practice and then paint from a live model. Visitors to the gallery will be able to talk with the artist and ask questions about her technique and style in relation to Stump’s current solo exhibition Nudes on display at Sparks Gallery through May 13, 2018.

Artist Talk: Alexander Arshansky

Free / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required

Thursday, February 22nd, 6-8pm

Join Alexander Arshansky to discuss his works on view in “Illuminated” – paintings that explore states of spiritual ecstasy and communion with the divine. Arshansky will discuss his process and how the featured works connect to his practice as a palm reader.

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Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Seeing is Believing

FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required

Join us for a closing reception and artist talk in celebration of our group exhibition “Seeing is Believing”. Artists Silviu Nica, Dean MacAdam, and Michele Benzamin-Miki will discuss their works in the current group show and each artist’s unique approach to their practice.

Refreshments served at 1pm

Talk will begin promptly at 1:30 pm

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

Rabbitville Pop-up Exhibition and Artists’ Reception

The Gaslamp Quarter Association, in conjunction with Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe, collaborated for the Gaslamp’s 150th anniversary celebration with the installation of 15 fiberglass rabbit statues in the Gaslamp Quarter. Sparks Gallery is pleased to host a pop-up exhibition of 10 of the rabbits alongside the artists who created them. Refreshments will be served and there will be an appearance of an exotic live rabbit from the San Diego House Rabbit Society on opening night.

// On view JANUARY 22 – JANUARY 31, 2018

// ARTIST’S PUBLIC RECEPTION: Thursday, January 25, 2018 6PM to 9PM

FREE to Attend but RSVP required

About Rabbitville:

The Gaslamp Quarter Association in conjunction with Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe will collaborate in a 150th anniversary celebration with the installation of 15 fiberglass rabbit statues in the Gaslamp Quarter. 150 years ago, the area that is now the Gaslamp Quarter was jokingly nicknamed “Rabbitville” after its chief inhabitants. The “Rabbitville” installation will honor the pioneering spirit of legendary founder, Alonzo Horton, who transformed Rabbitville into modern San Diego. 15 artists will be commissioned to paint and decorate these unique canvases that will be on display to the public.  The Gaslamp Quarter Association is wanting to reach out to corporate patrons to share in the celebration by sponsoring one of the 15 sculptures.  Media, and Promotional opportunities are available to sponsors, and funds raised by this project will help in a new enhanced decorative lighting campaign to go on Fifth Avenue in 2018.

Featured artists:

Monty Montgomery, Lee Sie,Tasha HobbsRebecca Nuvoletta, Matt Forderer, Sarah Soward, Steven Van

Dali Dinner

Open to the Public / Ticket Required / 21+ ONLY
7:00-10:00 PM

In celebration of our surreal works on view, join us for an immersive dining experience with food and art presentations inspired by the culinary explorations of Salvador Dali. Food by MIHO Catering, Wine by The Rose Wine Bar, & styled by Hostess Haven. Limited to just 60 seats; 21+ Only.

Early Bird Tickets are available through January 20th for just $120 per person, all inclusive. Starting January 21st, ticket price will raise to $150.


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Lenore Simon Book Release & 90th Birthday Celebration

“Lady in White” – Lenore Simon

Free / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required


As our “Quest” exhibition comes to a close join us to celebrate artist Lenore Simon as she embarks on her 90th year. Simon will mark the occasion with the release of an extremely limited edition book collecting 24 of her newest digital illustrations. Copies will be hand signed and numbered by the artist during the event.

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Lessons from a Master Printmaker

“Night Time Art Student” c. 1940’s, artist’s first ever woodblock

Free / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required


Join Lenore Simon as she reveals lessons learned throughout her artistic career and shares her printmaking stories and techniques.

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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


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.

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.



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

Workshop: The Art of Journaling

Open to the Public / Ticket Required 
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. Continue reading