A SHIP IN THE WOODS
WSOHOIDPS Is a 501(c)3 non-profit art entity working to engage elevated dialogues in art and culture within a domestic setting. These events, the residency program, and other shared initiatives are the primary components in WSOHOIDPS's platform for supporting a community of artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, researchers and other creatives dedicated to advancing an ever evolving experience of the world.
In the fall of 2010, a group of artists and creative professionals sought out residency in a mid-century home in the hills of Del Mar, CA with the notion of creating a community driven hub for art and culture. Set on an acre of densely vegetated land, the house presented an opportunity to have these discussions in a unique setting and after a substantial renovation project, the property was transformed into a venue worthy of displaying world-class works from both established and up-and-coming artists.
Today the SHIP has sailed to its new permanent home on a 2 acre wooded lot adjacent to Felicita County Park in Escondido, CA. SHIP 2.0 continues to function as an incubator for art, music, artist residency, lectures, communal dinners, and various gatherings in pursuit of elevated discourse throughout Southern California.
The house was originally built in 1954 by a local photographer and acted as a summer home for the actor George Brent. It then served as a satellite to the North County Repertory Theatre company, offering lodging to visiting actors and performers. After decades spent quietly as a domestic dwelling, the property was purchased and it's structures scheduled for eventual demolition. It was with this inevitable future already in place that a new collection of individuals would move in to conceive of the house's final iteration and initiate its' last life as A SHIP IN THE WOODS.