Current Exhibitions

Exhibition: ManRabbit / A Solo Show: Sweating Glitter ::: Honoring Grandpa Joe

Sparks Gallery is pleased to announce a new solo show with works by ManRabbit, opening February 23, 2019. 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.

Gallery Owner Sonya Sparks confirms, “ManRabbit is exploring the contemporary feminine with extravagantly adorned women who are complex, glamorous, and flawed, yet powerful. ManRabbit’s works are best observed in person to see the incredible details within in each piece.”

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Exhibition: Harmony / A Group Show

To kick off the new year, Sparks Gallery is pleased to present a selection of artworks that are inspired by music. Entitled “Harmony”, this exhibition will explore both the traditional movement of the body in motion, as well as abstract works with bursts of colors and shapes. Each artist will interpret music and dance through their unique vision and craft.

// Exhibition on view JANUARY 27 – APRIL 21, 2019
// OPENING PUBLIC RECEPTION: SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 – SIX TO NINE PM

// Special saxophone performance by Dr. James Brown III
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Upcoming Exhibitions

OMA Artist Alliance: Creative License / A Group Show

The Oceanside Museum of Art has an affiliate group of membership called “Artist Alliance”. Membership in Artist Alliance provides opportunities for interaction, visibility and growth for artists in the region. Sparks Gallery is pleased to host the latest exhibition of artwork from artists in the Artist Alliance group who are located in Southern California. 27 pieces from the Artist Alliance members were juried into the exhibition by Sparks Gallery owner & chief curator Sonya Sparks. The artwork will be on display at Sparks Gallery from April 27 – July 7, 2019. All works are for sale and directly support the local artists in the Artist Alliance group.

Sonya Sparks explains her curatorial vision for this exhibit:

“While there were many different themes in the works submitted for this show, I found myself drawn towards pieces which feature the artist’s observation of human encounters with nature, as well as those that show our social encounters with one another. These themes served as a guide for my selections. Some works are traditionally crafted, while others are abstract or surreal.”
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AjA Student Exhibition

Sparks Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of photographs from local students who are enrolled in Juvenile Court Community Schools and mentored by the AjA Project’s Teaching Artists. The students have created photographic works which explore identity, stereotyping, and community.

The AjA Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 3500 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 3 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits. AjA’s mission is to provide photography-based programming to transform the lives of youth and communities. The AjA project exists to ignite change, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities.

Along with exhibited photographs, the back patio of the gallery will feature a participatory art installation which will present images speaking to identity and stereotypes. Students were asked to analyze their personal and social landscapes, highlighting the importance of their individual selves, rather than a perceived stereotype, and present the images to the public to view in large scale.

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Past Exhibitions

Exhibition: Eva Struble & Scott Polach / A Duo Show

On Saturday, November 17th, Sparks Gallery will open a show within a show – a selection of featured works by artists Scott Polach and Eva Struble, former Space 4 Art residents – as part of the ongoing “Convergence” exhibition. Each artist’s practice has continued to flourish in their post-Space 4 Art tenure and includes exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Photographic Arts, Oceanside Museum, San Diego Art Institute, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
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Featured New Works / Sie & Barnes – Here & There

Lee Sie and Jon Barnes are both talented San Diego photographers who have captured images along the California coast, as well as abroad. Jon Barnes’ international focus for the show is a recent trip to Iceland with dreamy images of the coast waterfalls, and villages, while Lee Sie’s images of Europe, particularly Tuscany, are striking and almost painterly. Paired together, one can see two distinctive visions of the world through each artist’s photographs.
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Gallery Selections 2018 – Chapter Two

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. The exhibition will be open August 4 – October 7, but please note the reception will be held on August 25.

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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