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A Ship in the Woods—the mid-century Del Mar home thats served as an art space since 2010, hosting exhibitions, artists-in-residence, film screenings, live music and the occasional party—is in danger of being demolished.

But thats not a surprise to co-founders R.J. Brooks, Kiersten Puusemp and Dan Fauchier. In fact, they knew when signing the lease that the homeowners intended to tear the place down in three years time, Brooks says.

It was one of the reasons we wanted to move there, he says. We could do whatever we wanted to the house.

But like a foster family that agreed to temporarily care for an adorable puppy, Brooks and friends got attached. Now theyre trying to decide their next move.

Were not sure how to handle that, he says. We can start a campaign to save the house or just start looking for a different space altogether. Were not sure how were going to do that. Were just waiting to see what the owners are actually going to do. We can make them an offer at any point, but well need to follow up that offer. We dont have the money to do that now.

Brooks believes the homeowners will want double the amount that A Ship in the Woods can currently offer, especially since the house has a rich history in the entertainment industry. It was originally built as a summer home for George Brent, a 1930s and 40s movie star, and later served as lodging for actors performing at the North Coast Repertory Theater.

CityBeat was unable to reach the homeowners by press time.

While regular visitors have expressed a willingness to help out financially, Brooks is unsure which course to take and has yet to put it out there to the general public. If they do move, he hopes to stay in North County, but theyre willing to relocate to Downtown or Barrio Logan.

We love this place, Brooks says. It has this old, mid-century, beatnik type of feel. Theres not a lot of those homes left in the area. Thats kind of the draw. Its a relaxed environment. People find that more welcoming.

The lease is up in March 2014. Until then, the space will host the Helm series, featuring two solo exhibitions a month curated by art historian Lara Bullock. The next in the series is Endless Stare, opening with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. It features pieces inspired by the act of staring by Los Angeles-based artist and designer John Parot ( johnparot.com), and will be on view through Nov. 22 by appointment only.

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