Sat. Aug 8th, 2020

Exclusive Collections Gallery Named Best Gallery In California, 2016

Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The impressive AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, chooses only one gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, represented artists as well as artist and client references.
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Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred galleries. We study thousands of galleries each year. We have previously named Exclusive Collections Galleries the Best Gallery In Nevada because we were so impressed with their professionalism, reputation, gallery space, red carpet events, artist roster and clientele.
“We are also continually impressed with their reputation and business in their Laguna Beach location as well as their two San Diego locations, and with the addition of their prime Beverly Hills location, this year we award Exclusive Collections Galleries the Best Gallery In California, 2016. Exclusive Collections is the epitome of a contemporary gallery and the American Art Awards greatly admires all facets of their history and trajectory.”
Artists are selected by founder Ruth-Ann Thorn. Collectors range from A-list celebrities to U.S. presidents to pop stars. E.C. offers classically renown pieces of centuries past but also the best of current contemporary art.
ARTIST Asencio is collected by: Ice-T (Entertainer) Coco Austin (Model) Robert Sullivan (Principal of Outback Steak Houses) Peter Sanchez (C.O.O. of Taylor Made Golf) Pino  (Famous Figurative Artist) Anne Heche (Actress) Glenn Close (Actress) Viola Davis (Actress) Rooney Mara (Actress) Michelle Williams  (Actress) Demian Bichir (Actor) George Clooney (Actor) Gary Oldman  (Actor) Brad Pitt (Actor) Berenice Bejo (Actress) Jessica Chastain  (Actress) Melissa McCarthy (Actress) Janet McTeer (Actress) Kenneth Branagh (Actor) Jonah Hill (Actor) Nick Nolte (Actor) Max von Sydow  (Actor) Alexander Payne (Director) Martin Scorsese (Director) Woody Allen (Director) Terrence Malick (Director) Billy Crystal (Actor)
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ARTIST Steve Barton is collected by: Oscar de la Hoya (Boxer) George Forman (Olympic Gold Medalist) Casey Mears (NASCAR Driver) David Binn (Chargers NFL Player)
ARTIST David Bruce is collected by: David and Claudia Pearlman (Former Senior Vice President/Co-C.O.O. of Infinity/CBS Radio)
ARTIST Christopher M. is collected by: Chef Thomas Keller (America’s most celebrated chef) Chef William Bradley  (Addison Restaurant) Chef Kevin Rathbun (Iron Chef winner) Chef Ludo  Lefebvre (LudoBites) Chef Emeril Lagasse (Celebrity Chef) Chef Charlie Trotter (Celebrity Chef) Chef Francois Payard (Top Pastry Chef in  America) Chef Gavin Kaysen (Cafe Bouloud NYC) Crocker & Starr Estate Winery Heidi Barrett (#1 Female Winemaker, Screaming Eagle) Randall  Johnson (Hess Collection Winemaker) Hill Family Estates
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ARTIST Michael Flohr is collected by: Alex Smith (Pro Football Player) Cher (Entertainer) LaDainian  Tomlinson (Pro Football Player) Southern Power Corporation Ruth’s Chris  Steakhouse Pete Sanchez (C.E.O. of Taylor Made Golf) Jeff Foxworthy  (Comedian) Jennifer Aniston (Actress) Jack Black (Comedian, Actor)  Michael Douglas (Actor) Robert Downey Jr. (Actor) Robert Downey Sr.  (Actor, Film Maker) Jon Favreau (Actor) Jodie Foster (Actress) Jamie  Foxx (Actor, Musician) Mel Gibson (Actor, Director, Producer) Jared Harris (Actor) Guy Ritchie (Film Maker, Screenwriter) Garry Shandling  (Comedian, Actor, Writer) Joel Silver (Film Producer) Sean Penn (Actor) Anthony Michael Hall (Actor, Producer, Director)
ARTIST Gloria Lee is collected by: Geena Davis (Actress) Jerry Lewis (Comedian) Paris Hilton  (Actress) Drew Barrymore (Actress) Denise Richards (Actress) Kate Beckinsale (Actress) Kristen Bell (Actress) Miley Cyrus (Musician / Actress) Fergie (Musician) Kathy Griffin (Actress) Chelsea Handler  (Comedian) Katherine Heigl (Actress) Blake Lively (Actress) Mario Lopez  (Actor) Kellan Lutz (Actor) Katharine McPhee (Musician) Cesar Millan Kelly Osbourne Rachael Ray (Celebrity Chef) Jai Rodriguez  (Actor) Alicia Silverstone (Actress) Tori Spelling (Actress) Charlize  Theron (Actress) Justin Timberlake (Musician / Actor) Betty White  (Actress) Olivia Wilde (Actress) Oprah Winfrey
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ARTIST Daniel Merriam is collected by: The Manhattan Club McCarter Theatre Merrill Lynch
ARTIST Hisashi Otsuka is collected by: Sophia Loren (Actress) Brooke Shields (Actress, Model) Dolly Parton (Singer, Actress) Tina Turner (Singer)
ARTIST Steven Quartly is collected by: Tenley Molzahn (“The Bachelor”) Wolfgang Puck (Celebrity Chef) Arthur R. Barron (retired chairman of Time Warner  International) Esteban Toledo (PGA Tour Player) John Dyer (Cox Enterprises  Executive Vice President)
ARTIST Joseph Quillan is collected by: Lisa Marie Presley James Doohan (Actor) Nicholas Cage (Actor) Mark Wahlberg (Actor) Phil Spector (Music Producer) Valerie Harper (Actress) Wyland (Environmental Artist) Robert Lyn Nelson (Environmental  Artist) Christian Lassen (Environmental Artist) Ratief Goosen (Pro Golfer) Ed Begley, Jr (Environmentalist) Vic Edelbrock (Automobile Hall of Fame) Joyce Brothers (Psychologist, Television Personality and Advice  Columnist) Jack Canfield (Author of “Chicken Soup” books) Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter) Joel Wachs (President of the Andy Warhol Foundation  for the Visual Arts, NYC) Hayden Pannettiere (Actress) Scotty McKnight  (NFL Player) Jared Leto (Musician) Emma Ludbrook Larry King Bo Derek Maggie Q (Actress) John Corbett (Actor/Musician) Luis Ruiz  (Musician) Tara Novick (Musician) Jim Clark (Producer) Kristy Hinze  (Supermodel/Actress)
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ARTIST Royo is collected by: Commissioned portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Judges of the High Magistrature and the Court of Justice
ARTIST Daniel Ryan is collected by: Jeremy Piven Tom Hanks Bill Maher Adrian Grenier Kate  Bosworth Pink Leonardo DiCaprio Dave Matthews Rosario Dawson Woody Harrelson Julia Louis-Dreyfus Daryl Hannah Drew Barrymore Ellen DeGeneres Orlando Bloom Jake Gyllenhaal Josh  Hartnett Sting Barbra Streisand Alicia Silverstone Courteney Cox Cameron Diaz KT Tunstall Mark Ruffalo Edward Norton
ARTIST Michael Summers is collected by: Hilary Duff Rebecca Gayheart Keri Russell Beyonce Kourtney Kardashian Lindsay Price Maggie Gyllenhaal Jessica Alba Uma Thurman Alyson Hannigan Molly Sims Sienna Miller Kristin  Cavallari Jessica Simpson Bryce Dallas Howard Evangeline Lilly Jennifer Garner Marley Shelton Sarah Polley Amanda Anka (Mrs. Jason Bateman) Emma Heming (Mrs. Bruce Willis) Susan Downey Jr. Lisa Loeb Kayte Walsh (Mrs. Kelsey Grammar) Jessica Capshaw, Holly Madison
ARTIST Tuan is collected by: Commissions: Vietnam War Memorial (Westminster, CA) Kuhn Corporation’s Plaza (Orlando, FL) Trinidad, Heisler Park (Laguna Beach, CA) “The Little Flower” (Mobile, AL), memorial bust for Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation (1997)
ARTIST Loet Vanderveen is collected by: Wally Schira (Astronaut) David Packard (Hewlitt-Packard Co-Founder) Bill Cosby (Actor, Comedian) Senator Barry Goldwater H.M. Queen Elizabeth The King of Tonga President Ronald Reagan President  Bill Clinton President Gerald Ford Nathaniel Owings (Architect) King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia A.J. Foyt (Car Racer) Barry Manilow  (Singer) Elizabeth Taylor (Actress) President Suharto of Indonesia Burt Reynolds (Actor) Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger Sheikh Yamani  (OPEC) Martina Navratilova (Tennis Player) Wilt Chamberlain (Pro NBA  Basketball Player) Prince Bandar Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia Jacques  Cousteau Society The Royal Belgium Zoological Society Mary Tyler Moore  (Actress) Federal Government of Switzerland Sultan of Oman
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Beverly Hills Gallery, 229 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 844.599.7111 or 310.278.7117
Hours of Operation: Mon-Tues 11am-8:30pm  Thu-Fri 11am-10pm  Sat 10am-10pm  Sun 10am-9pm
Historic Gaslamp Gallery, Located in downtown San Diego (On the corner of  5th and Market), 568 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 800.204.0062 or 619.232.1930
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat  10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
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Seaport Village Gallery, Located in Seaport Village (Behind the Harbor  House Restaurant) 835 West Harbor Dr, Ste AB, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 800.599.7111 or 619.238.0320
Hours of Operation: Sun-Sat  10am-9pm
Laguna Beach Gallery, Located in Hotel Laguna, 417 South Coast Highway,  Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 855.372.8213 or 949.715.8747
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm  Sun 11am-8pm
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Forum Shops Gallery, Located in Caesars Forum Shops (Next to Anthropologie)  3500 Las Vegas Blvd, Ste T06, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702.432.1154
Hours of Operation: Sun-Thu 10am-11pm Fri-Sat  10am-12am
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