VIP Grand Opening Event at NEW Gaslamp Venue featuring Marc Whitney!

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VIP Grand Opening Event at NEW Gaslamp Venue featuring Marc Whitney!

VIP Grand Opening Event at NEW Gaslamp Venue featuring Marc Whitney!

May 21, 2009 – May 23, 2009

SAN DIEGO – (April 1, 2009) – Exclusive Collections Gallery (EC Gallery), a contemporary art gallery featuring a variety of original sculptures, paintings and mixed media pieces, announced the grand opening of its new location in the historical Gaslamp district at the corner of 5th Avenue and Market Street – in the heart of downtown San Diego.

Exclusive Collections’ new Gaslamp gallery will celebrate its official grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 21, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m., featuring original work from award-winning artist Marc Whitney, as well as a variety of work from other internationally-acclaimed artists such as Henry Asencio, Michael Flohr and Christopher M. Marc Whitney is known for his ability to capture the private, visual experiences that define our daily lives and validate moments that matter: a morning cup of coffee, the rumpled sheets across a bed, a simple vase of flowers on a table. In this way, Whitney describes his paintings as ‘poetic.’ Since his return to southern California, both collectors and artists have acknowledged him as one of the region’s most talented painters of the Classical Realist Tradition. His paintings hang in numerous permanent and private collections worldwide.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host Marc Whitney’s captivating paintings in our new gallery, for this special grand opening event and beyond,” said Ruth-Ann Thorn, co-owner of Exclusive Collections Galleries. “Our new Gaslamp location offers the perfect venue for local San Diegans and tourists to experience the excitement and emotional encounter that occurs when connecting to a piece of art.”

In addition to an impressive assortment of art work on display for the grand opening, EC Gallery will host wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their inspiration behind each piece. Following the opening reception on Thursday evening, EC Gallery will continue to celebrate its grand opening throughout the weekend (Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24) with wine and refreshments, live music and artist appearances.

Details for Grand Opening Reception and Weekend Events:

WHERE: Exclusive Collections Gallery, 568 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (on the corner of 5th Ave and Market St.)
WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, May 22 @ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (May 23) & Sunday (May 24) – 12:00 p.m. noon to 5:00 p.m. both days
WHO: Media, Art Collectors, Open to the public
FEATURED ARTISTS: Marc Whitney, Henry Asencio, Michael Flohr, Christopher M.
DETAILS: Opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists and the local art community, wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.
About Exclusive Collections Fine Art Gallery (EC Gallery)

EC Gallery is set apart as ‘San Diego’s finest art gallery’ as the company encompasses a thoughtful and experienced team who provide intelligent guidance to novice and experienced art collectors alike on the joys of collecting art. The company currently provides San Diegans with two retail galleries to view, learn about and be inspired by works of fine art. Locations are at Fashion Valley Mall (7007 Friars Road Suite 683, San Diego, CA 92108), and now in the Historic Gaslamp district (568 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101). For more information on the grand opening event, artists or the gallery, please visit or call 800-599-7111.