Seth Combs 2016-05-24 01:23:24
ON THE MOVE COME SAIL AWAY! A Ship in the Woods returns with a 2-acre art world in North County. For six years now, the self-described “cultural capitalists” that make up A Ship in the Woods (cofounder Dan Fauchier, co-founder and co-director RJ Brooks, co-director and curator Lianne Mueller and board member John Reynolds) have garnered a reputation for not only being purveying tastemakers in San Diego’s contemporary art scene, but also for throwing some of the most talked-about parties. And it wasn’t just selfle-snapping gallerinas and creative hipsters showing up. The arts organization’s Del Mar space was often packed to the gills with local museum curators and heavy-hitters hoping to spot the next big thing. Even with all the momentum, the core quartet’s Del Mar lease had come to an end, so it was time to garner a venue that was both bigger and better. “We looked for a long time in North County for the perfect spot and I think we [finally] found it,” says Brooks. More than a year since A Ship in the Woods’ last proper exhibition, Brooks and company have finally arrived on a posh, 2-acre estate nestled in what Mueller cheekily refers to as the “tri-city area” of Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe. The sprawling grounds and swanky manse have already undergone a massive face-lift, which saw the group turning the sizable living room into a dual gallery and residential space that they plan to use for an artist residency program. Once construction is complete, acclaimed Carlsbad artist and Quint Gallery alumnist Adam Belt will join a group of innovative virtuosos to provide the first exhibition. Oh, and did we mention there was a pool? “We’re going to play with [the pool] and make it a part of the installations,” says Mueller, noting that Belt’s contribution will be a “fog-based” installation. There are also plans for an underground recording studio that Ship hopes will become a destination for local bands and touring acts looking to play intimate gigs in between stops in L. A. and S.D. “We’d really like the studio to be an internationally known place to record,” says Mueller, who is then quick to note that there will be a pronounced emphasis on cross-cultural collaborations between musicians and visual artists. " There’s so much potential,” says Brooks. “We have ongoing dialogues with the city of Escondido and Felicita Park about possible collaborations.” Muller adds: “We want to work together to create the ultimate art world here.” shipinthewoods.com IN THE ROUND O FOLIO, FOLIO! What a wait! Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is finally getting a proper American book tour thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s latest exhibit: First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. The best news? San Diego won the honor of being the show’s only Californian host. Co-presented by The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library, the exhibition offers a rare look at 36 plays—18 of which have never been seen—from Shakespeare’s first portfolio of printed work, dating back to 1623. If it hadn’t been for two of his fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, who compiled the works seven years after his death, the world may never have been treated to the greatness of Macbeth or The Tempest—which had yet to be published at the time of Shakespeare’s passing. Numerous events surrounding the exhibition will also occur this month, like The Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival, which returns with moving performances of Macbeth ($29 to $98, June 19-July 24) and Love’s Labor’s Lost ($29 to $98, Aug. 14-Sept. 18). Talk about a retrospective! June 4 through July 7, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, 619. 236.5300, folger.edu/first-folio-tour –Angela Ashman
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