My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Sun
    26
  • Mon
    27
  • Tue
    28
  • Wed
    29
  • Thu
    30
  • Fri
    31
  • Sat
    1
Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival Oct 26, 2014 The community event takes over the streets surrounding the Cali Comfort restaurant, where 30 teams vie for title of best BBQ. Event includes games, live music, street vendors and more. Proceed benefit after-school sports programs. 65 other events on Sunday, October 26
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Blogs / Canvassed
. . . .
Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 - Canvassed | Art & culture

A Ship in the Woods opens a new storefront

Alternative art space brings its brand of cutting-edge art and performances to Del Mar's Flower Hill Promenade

By Kinsee Morlan
shipinthewoods The dining area of A Ship in the Woods

Experimental art just found a new home inside a North County shopping mall. 

A Ship in the Woods, the mid-century Del Mar home that’s been doubling as an alternative gallery and hosting edgy exhibitions, an artists-in-residence program, film screenings, live music and other creative happenings since 2010, is opening a new storefront gallery at Flower Hill Promenade (2720 Via de la Valle) in Del Mar. The arts nonprofit will hold a casual soft opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4.

"The commercial space is  an experiment for us," says R.J. Brooks, who runs A Ship in the Woods along with Kiersten Puusemp and a small team of volunteers. "We've never really had a commercial gallery before, so we're all new to this." 

CityBeat reported that A Ship in the Woods' lease on its Del Mar home was set to expire in March, at which time the owners of the property had tentative plans to demolish the space. The group recently had its lease extended through August. They could get it extended again, Brooks says, but, in the meantime, they wanted to give the more commercial and public gallery space a try. 

Specific programming for the new gallery, which is small (approximately 400 square feet), has yet to be solidified. But Brooks says they'll have access to the Flower Hill Promenade courtyard, which was improved as part of a $30-million mall renovation. There's been talk of hosting film screenings and other events geared toward activating the outdoor plaza. 

A Ship in the Woods has signed a relatively short-term lease on the new spot. They plan to try various business models to see if they can turn the experiment into an economically viable option moving forward.

"If it works out, great," Brooks says. "But it's going to be a balance between making money and keeping the art and events interesting." 

 
 
Close
Close
Close