Current Exhibitions

Exhibition: Uptown Meets Downtown / A Group Show

Sparks Gallery has invited the studio artists of THE STUDIO DOOR to collaborate with an exciting exhibition titled “UPTOWN MEETS DOWNTOWN”.

With eyes on 2020, The studio artists of The Studio Door have found inspiration by mashing up their contemporary styles with a nod to the Roaring Twenties. The 1920s were called “roaring” because of the exuberant, freewheeling popular culture of the decade.
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Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition: Size Matters 2019 / A Group Show

Sparks Gallery is pleased to host Medium Photo’s “Size Matters” exhibit again this Fall. This exhibition features a selection of small photographic works smaller than 10 inches by contemporary artists in North America and the UK. Size Matters is the signature exhibition of the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego and the artwork was juried this year by Kai Caemmerer of SFO Museum.  
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Past Exhibitions

Exhibition: minis 2019 / A Group Show

Sparks Gallery’s annual “minis” exhibition returns at the end of May this year, featuring local artists who have created work in many different mediums. All works are under 12 inches long and priced under $500. In addition to the small works on view, a selection of studies and sketches by the artists will also be available for purchase in a silent auction on opening night.

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Exhibition: AjA Student Photography

Sparks Gallery is pleased to host a guest exhibition by The AjA Project, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization providing participatory photography programming to youth and communities.

In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools, The AjA Project programmed with youth participants through its Art + Social Justice curriculum at two unique sites in San Diego this Spring.

“How We See,” an exhibition by 37ECB students, is a culmination of work developed over 20 sessions of AjA Project programming centered around photography and identity. For three months students photographed their social and personal environments using film and digital cameras. Their work is a testament to perseverance, determination, and creativity.

The gallery is also featuring a participatory photo art installation in our back patio titled, “Let Me Tell You My Name” by La Mesa Reflections students. This installation includes original large-scale images speaking to the themes of 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 view through a large scale installation.

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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.

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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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