Exhibition brings national sculpture artists to downtown gallery

From the figurative to conceptual, and the classically elegant to the downright playful, Southern CA Sculpture, A Group Show has a piece for every type of art lover. At Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego through March 5, the show is the inaugural exhibition of the National Sculpture Society’s Southern California division.

The collection from 23 artists, is sure to inspire smiles, animated conversation and quiet contemplation with its variety of insights into the human and animal form and the more abstract. PACIFIC recently spoke with Sparks Gallery owner Sonya Sparks about the distinguished show and what visitors can expect to see.

PACIFIC: How did Sparks Gallery team up with the National Sculpture Society for this show?

Sonya Sparks: We occasionally host guest exhibitions, and were approached by a member of the group first as a concept. After the planning and selection at the national level, it became a fully executed show.

Who are a few well known artists in the lineup, with works San Diegans might recognize?

Locals may recognize Maidy Morhous, who has been shown locally in many prominent San Diego locations, as well as Richard Becker. Both have also been shown previously by the gallery.

Who are a few must-see new faces in the show?

Mark Edward Adams, a young San Diego sculptor who helped organize the show, and LA-based Adam Matano also has some beautiful sculptures in the show: “Wild Dog,” and “Zarafa” ? a giraffe that reaches almost 10 feet high.

Southern CA Sculpture, A Group Show

When: Now through until March 5, 2017.

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Address: 530 Sixth Ave., downtown

More information: 619.696.1416 or

What sets sculpture apart in the art world?

Having a sculpture show allows us to really see the diversity of materials, styles, craftsmanship, and subject matter chosen by each artist. Even though all of the artists in the show are exhibiting a three-dimensional piece of artwork, one can see that they are all very different in each of these qualities.

What are some of the most fascinating mediums in sculpture today?

I believe that stainless steel is an exciting modern medium to work with, and traditional mediums of bronze or stone are timeless and beautiful, as well. We do not have any sculptures on view made with carbon fiber, which is one of the most modern types of materials that sculptors have been working with. But, Brandon Roy, one of the artists in the show, did mention to the gallery that in the future he would consider placing giant carbon fiber wings on his large piece, “Study for Icarus” (currently made only in bronze). The medium each artist uses really sets the tone and helps convey a different message in each piece.

What are some of the themes people will see in the show?

There are a lot of traditional nude forms, as well as animals. There are also some more playful and conceptual pieces.

How can people become involved in the SoCal division?

Those who are interested in learning more about the National Sculpture Society can visit their website at

Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master’s degree in Art History, with concentrations in the Modern and Postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to


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