Real Estate Moguls, Haunted Restaurant & Bar Owners Wilder & Dyer Added To ART COLLECTORS CHOICE AWARDS

Thom Bierdz
6 min readDec 29, 2023

Alec Wilder and Eddie Dyer, real estate moguls and restaurant / bar owners who operate primarily between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New Orleans, have been added to the impressive list of collectors deciding the winning artists in the upcoming Art Collectors Choice Awards.

After 15 years of success introducing phenomenal contemporary artists around the globe to USA’s best galleries, American Art Awards launched the similar World Art Awards (in 2023). Both those prestigious international art competitions award top galleries and museums — who later vote on 50 categories of online art images from 70+ countries — awarding hundreds of brilliant artworks annually.

Launching in February 2024, the similar Art Collectors Choice Awards will not be scored by galleries — but instead by an assortment of revered art collectors, like Alec and Eddie.

Partners Alec Wilder and Eddie Dyer are passionate collectors of contemporary art. However it was not only the art in their newest restaurant location that attracted international headlines — it was the ghosts as well.

Vessel, a popular New Orleans eatery, was a 1914 erected Lutheran church — until the 1970’s — when it was turned into a restaurant called Christians.

Alec and Eddie purchased the building in 2016, sight unseen, to add to their string of eateries, not expecting to also be the owners of its paranormal activity.

ABOUT THE POPULAR RESTUARANT: Vessel is an exciting concept in the heart of Mid-City, one block off the Canal Streetcar. They offer a menu emphasizing locally-sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients in a uniquely New Orleans tradition. Their beverage selections include a varied wine list, freshly handcrafted cocktails and unique craft beers.

Vessel NOLA
3835 Iberville St.
New Orleans, LA 70119



GHOST HUNTERS: “We visit the very haunted Vessel NOLA Restaurant that was once a church built almost 100 years ago. We investigate paranormal activity and catch some very interesting things! The building sits on a property once owned by Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba who has a very fascinating history. She is responsible for building the famous Pontalba buildings in what used to be Place d’Armes, now called Jackson Square also thanks to Micaela. She is also the one behind having the statue of Andrew Jackson placed at the center. The ironwork on the balconies of the Pontalba buildings are her design and inspired other buildings in the French Quarter to have similar features. During our investigation, we think she was the primary spirit that may have been trying to communicate with us. Huge thanks to Alec Wilder and Eddie Dyer of Vessel NOLA for having us come investigate! “



Alec’s modeling days:

Eddie middle and right.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.