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Sparks Gallery to Host New Exhibition, “Creative License”

Sparks Gallery to Host New Exhibition, “Creative License”

Sparks Gallery, located at 530 Sixth Ave is pleased to announce a new group exhibition, “Creative License.” The exhibition will feature works from selected member artists from the Oceanside Museum of Art’s affiliate group “Artist Alliance.” The opening reception will be held this Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The Artist Alliance group 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.


Artist: Hollis Litrownik


Artist: Gail Titus


Artist: Viktoria Romanova

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.”

The Sparks Gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, located between Island & Market on Sixth Avenue. Sparks Gallery is an event space and represents contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern CA. The Gallery was awarded the 2015 People in Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse by Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO).

An Evening of Artistic Creations at Sparks Gallery

An Evening of Artistic Creations at Sparks Gallery

In celebration of Chapter Two of their 2018 Gallery Selections Exhibition, Sparks Gallery will host an evening of artistic creation on Saturday, August 25th from 6pm – 9pm. The evening will feature live painting demonstrations and a fresh look at new works from each of the six featured artists. Join them 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
  • West Coast debut of Monty Montgomery’s Kaleidoskull collaboration with Tony Phillipou.

Khalid Alkaaby, Brady Willmott, and Marissa Quinn will be doing live painting throughout the evening.  Wine sales from opening reception to benefit Computers 2 SD Kids. A non-profit organization that provides refurbished computers to families in need and provides educational training and technical support to ensure success.

Click here to RSVP!

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Brady Willmott:

Creating imagery that inspires the imagination and coupled with classic painting techniques, Brady Willmott’s unique twist on pop surrealism leaves a lasting impression. Willmott paints in oils and is based in Carlsbad, California. Born and raised in Vermont and having lived several years in the mountains of Colorado before relocating to Southern California in 2003, his connection to the ocean and nostalgia for the mountains are evident in his work. A strong imagination, dry sense of humor and successful career as a tattoo artist also play a role.

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Marissa Quinn:

Marissa Quinn graduated with a BFA and MFA in painting and drawing from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, CA. Quinn grew up in San Diego and spent her formative years developing a “biological and spiritual understanding of the balance of coastal habitats.” Quinn has a large drawing in the Lancaster Museum of Art and History’s permanent collection entitled “Cyclical Paradoxologies.”

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Khalid Alkaaby:

Khalid Alkaaby was born and raised in Bagdad, Iraq, where he worked as an artist and ran an art studio. Alkaaby was forced to leave Iraq due to terrorist attacks and immigrated to San Diego in 2005 and currently works as an artist. He is most known for his beautiful figurative works.

Other Current Exhibitions:

Exhibition: Richard Becker – Float: 

For the first time, the renowned sculptor, collected by Hollywood notables and held in the collections of Hewlett Packard and The Walt Disney Company, and also commissioned by institutions such as The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be showing paintings alongside a brand new collection of sculptural creations in his signature pop surrealist style.

Known for his figurative bronze sculpture and stainless steel monuments, Becker’s new works in “Float” reveal a dramatic shift in style, subject and material choice following the artist’s re-entry into the world of hearing via a cochlear implant after years of near total deafness.

Exhibition: Craftwork / A Group Show

Sparks Gallery is celebrating excellence in craftsmanship in the upcoming exhibition entitled “Craftwork”. Artwork on view will include pieces in wood, metal, ceramic, and textile. Each artist in the show has been selected for their attention to detail, contemporary presentation of materials, and their residence: all are San Diego artists.

Participating Artists: David Browne, Ron Carlson, David Cuzick, Steven Florman, Erik Gronborg, Val Hebert, Monica Hui Hekman, Brennan Hubbell, James Hubbell, Lenore Simon, Cheryl Tall

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Sparks Gallery

Location: 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

530 Sixth Avenue

Gallery Spotlight: The Chuck Jones Gallery

Gallery Spotlight: The Chuck Jones Gallery

The Gaslamp Quarter is the home of Bugs Bunny!  Why do I say that?  Because at 232 5th Ave. there is the Chuck Jones Gallery! The Chuck Jones Gallery is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world. Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the academy award winning legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film. Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios like the artwork of Theodore Geisel (aka. Dr. Seuss) who would have celebrated his 114th birthday March 2nd, 2018.

Actually in 1965 Geisel joined forces with Chuck Jones to create the first two animated films based on his books, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who.  Guests and collectors of the gallery can actually see  hand painted original production art used in the creation of those memory making films.

Chuck Jones Gallery is also one of the few galleries in the United States authorized to represent The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. National Sales Director Mike Dicken says: “We are proud to provide our community with a rare opportunity to view and learn about the artistic legacy of Chuck Jones and Theodor Seuss Geisel, both some of the most significant American icons of our time.”

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and sculpture which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Collectors can view and purchase limited edition works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, and explore The Secret Art of Dr Seuss Collection, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork that Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic WalrusThe Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) asked his wife, Audrey, who lives on Mt. Soledad in San Diego, to wait until he was gone before bringing these works to the public. Secretly, he wanted to be recognized as a serious artist, but publicly, he was quick to describe his private works as “Midnight Paintings.” In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel writes: “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.”

Do yourself a favor and peruse the Secret Art Collection of Dr. Seuss, the genius of Chuck Jones and the featured artwork of all different animation studios at the The Chuck Jones Gallery. Log onto their Facebook, explore the gallery and start a collection.  The gallery is located at 232 5th Ave. and open from 9AM-9PM  Monday-Saturday, and 11AM-8PM Sunday.

New Art for the New Year!

New Art for the New Year!

With a new year underway, the distinguished galleries in the Gaslamp Quarter have new exhibitions planned to inspire collectors and guests to find photographs, paintings, and sculpture by new and established artists.

Fall in love with art that speaks to you, where the consultants of The Chuck Jones Gallery, Sparks Gallery, The Art of Tim Cantor, Michael J Wolf Fine Arts, and the Brokers Building, can guide you in finding the right piece for the new year, and for years to come!

Sparks Gallery- 530 Sixth Ave

The Sparks Gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, located between Island & Market on Sixth Avenue.  Sparks Gallery is also an event space and represents contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern CA.

Pictured Artwork– “Guanyin” by Gloria Muriel – Original Acrylic on canvas 13.5″ x 24″ (call for pricing)

Up and Coming Exhibition– “Edge of the Ocean/ A Group Show”  Feb. 19-May 21- Exhibiting Southern California artists whose artworks are inspired by the San Diego coast.  The artists’ work on view will show their interpretations of the San Diego coastline: capturing the feeling of the sand, water, wind, animal life and plant life, as well as the natural beauty of the shape & form of the edge of the ocean.  Artists on view include Li Huai, Gloria Muriel, Stefanie Bales, Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Jon Barnes, and Roy Kerckhoffs’

Opening reception, Sunday, February 19, 6pm-9pm click here to RSVP

Chuck Jones Gallery- 232 5th Ave.

Home of the Legendary Looney Tunes Animation Director Chuck Jones.  The Chuck Jones Gallery represents the incredible artwork of many animation legends and pop culture giants!

Pictured Artwork– “Barone Breeze” by Karen and Tony Barone- (call for size and pricing)

Up and Coming Exhibition: “Down the Rabbit Hole”  the artwork of Karen and Tony Barone  March 13- April 1st- Karen and Tony Barone, the renowned wife & husband artist couple whose works have been exhibited and collected around the world, now reside in Southern California’s Palm Springs Valley in a home and studio compound they call their “paradiso secco” (dry paradise).  As sculptors, Karen and Tony have amassed a “big” reputation for life-size figurative and jumbo larger-than -life objective outdoor and indoor metal sculpture in sparkly and shiny color show-car paints and exotic patina.  They also have paintings and make regal and important the things considered ordinary and everyday.

Opening Reception: March 17th – 5PM- 8PM-

Brokers Building Gallery- 402 Market Street

The Brokers Building is an Artist’s Consortium in downtown San Diego where artist’s rent individual spaces.  The Gallery has group and individual shows to showcase their artist’s vast and individual styles.

Featured Exhibition– “Going to Add More Birds!” artwork by Czech Republic, skilled craftsman and artist Hans Chobolits

Paintings on view in the Gallery.  Call for more information: 858-222-9367

Michael J Wolf Fine Arts- 363 Fifth Ave. #102

Michael J Wolf Fine Arts is located in the historic Brunswick Building and celebrating 20 years in the Gaslamp Quarter.  They have been the premier exhibitor of fine arts and original works from emerging local, national and international artists.

Pictured Image– “Sunset on San Diego Bay” original oil on canvas by Grant Pecoff

Featured Exhibition– The Work of Grant Pecoff-  “An amazing artist that used to have a gallery in Little Italy for 20 years and just last year he and his wife moved to Hawaii.  I love his work and are proud to be his local gallery home now in San Diego!” said owner Michael J Wolf.

As a world traveler, Pecoff has embarked upon many international pilgrimages, painting some of the world’s most spectacular and beloved cityscapes, dramatic coastal views, breathtaking sunsets, expansive cloud formations and nautical themes.  At the heart of Grant Pecoff’s talent is his ability to share the way he sees life with viewers.  Step into one of his colorful paintings and uplift the vibration in your world.  Please contact the gallery for artwork and pricing.  The Michael J Wolf gallery is celebrating their 20th anniversary and offering a 10% discount on non-sale items.



The Art of Tim Cantor- 527 4th Avenue

The works of Tim Cantor are beautifully displayed at the Art of Tim Cantor Gallery.  Tim Cantor is an American self-taught surrealism artist and writer.  Tim was raised in Marin County, CA. and began painting at the age of 5 using a box of oil paints and brushes that were his great-grandfather’s.

Pictured Image– “Nostalgia” by Tim Cantor- oil on canvas- 60″ x 48″

Featured Exhibition- “Nostalgia” the surrealist paintings of artist Tim Cantor-  for more information contact, 619-235-6990

Also, don’t forget,  the Gaslamp Quarter Association and Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe are going to be celebrating their 150th anniversary of San Diego with a public art project!  “Rabbitville” 150

Click here for access to an artist prospectus and application.  Submissions due on Friday February 10.

Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show featuring animator Ron Campbell

Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show featuring animator Ron Campbell

December 9th – 11th



Campbell will also be exhibiting artwork featuring other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50-year career in Children’s Television such as Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & more.


Beatles animator Ron Campbell is available for interviews. Please contact Scott Segelbaum at or (610) 389-1807. See more at

stacks_image_76In 1964 the Beatles invaded the United States, performing for 73 million people on the Ed Sullivan Show and dominating the US pop charts for years. Now over five decades later, the Fab Four continue to be the most celebrated musical group in Rock history. And Beatlemania is alive and well….just this month, the Beatles released a live CD of their Hollywood Bowl concerts and director Ron Howard premiered a documentary on the Fab Four’s touring years!

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Avenue Suite 102 in San Diego, CA, Friday, December 9th through Sunday, December 11th. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.


Michael J Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Avenue, Ste 102 (in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter) San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 702-5388.


Friday, December 9th -11:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, December 10th -11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 11th -10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Ron Campbell, Director of the Beatles 1960’s Saturday Morning Cartoon series and animator of film Yellow Submarine. Also involved in Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetson’s, George of the Jungle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others.


Ron Campbell will be offering for sale original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both in their ABC Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles as well as various other works from his 50 year career in animation including Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats and more.


Ron Campbell, director of the legendary Saturday morning Beatles Cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 25, 1965 through April 20, 1969 and animator on the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Avenue Suite 102 in San Diego, CA for 3 days only. Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts is the oldest art gallery in downtown San Diego is celebrating its 20th anniversary in their Gaslamp Quarter location.

The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 share! The cartoon series debuted on ABC on September 25th 1965….exactly 51 years ago this weekend! It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”

Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 47th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50 year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.

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Michael J Wolf Fine Arts hosts artist Pete Tillack: Saturday, November 19th

Michael J Wolf Fine Arts hosts artist Pete Tillack: Saturday, November 19th

On Saturday, November 19th Michael J Wolf Fine Arts will be hosting talented local artist, Pete Tillack.

Mr. Tillack was drawn on an adventurous seven-year trek, which took him around the world and he was led by his desire for the waves and discovering diverse cultures. Tillack encountered countless societies and lifestyles that lent a hand in helping him become more aware of his own self explorations, direction and personal growth. Tillack’s work is heavily influenced by his emotions and experiences from traveling and is infused with the feelings of serenity through one’s environment.

A self taught artist, Tillack pursued many independent studies in such places as Italy, France, Central America, South America and South Africa as well as participating with other artists to create many high profile public pieces.  Pete has filled many respected roles such as coordinator/ moderator for the San Diego Art Institutes program “The Gathering” and was selected to serve on the Arts Master Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee for his city.  Pete’s technical analysis of contrast and his regular use of monotone colors are used to dramatize the silhouettes and reflections shaped by a sunrise or sunset.  This gives his wonderful creations a depth that draws the viewer into each piece, and lures them into an experience, transcending them to a peaceful disposition; “their personal journey.”

“As I grow with my work, my focus and purpose becomes more defined, adding a greater compassion and drive to not only my art, buy my life.  My subject matter focuses on the journey of our lives, and the environment that constantly affects our daily decisions and directions.  I enjoy placing juxtapose subject matter to symbolize my statements and represent the importance in life.  I hope you not only enjoy the artistic beauty of the piece, are drawn into its hidden details, but ultimately understand the statement that I am trying to convey, understand that there are many crossroads in life and we can always us the maps that those before us have written.  Nothing is as healthy or can replace a deep breath of fresh air – can clear the head and open the heart …….”

From 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Michael J Wolf Fine Arts will have a Gallery Showcase with Pete’s beautiful original art, as well as live music by Julio de la Huerta and a nice selection of wines to share. This promises to be a great event .