Sunday, September 27, 2009

Celebrating Art Napa Style!

We spent Friday evening enjoying wonderful wine and great food among friends and art lovers. Thomas Arvid was in town for a reception that we put together for him at the new AVIA Napa Hotel. Wine for the event was poured by Grgich, Ceja and St Supery, three wonderful Napa Valley wineries.

Mr. Arvid worked on his latest original, graciously answered questions and posed for pictures with his adoring fans and collectors. In this picture from left to right: Robert and Celia Stewart, Linda Cordair, Thomas Arvid, Dr Dae Hyun Chung and Quent Cordair.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event. We'll be offering a copy of Thomas Arvid's wine journal and a bottle fabulous Ceja wine to anyone who purchases any of Thomas Arvid's work this month.

You can view Thomas Arvid's paintings in our beautiful downtown gallery, on our web site and in the AVIA Napa Hotel.

We look forward to seeing and posting (with your permission of course) pictures of your favorite Thomas Arvid painting hanging in your home or office. Celebrate the wonders of Thomas Arvid's work with us. Each is a very limited-edition and something you will treasure for many years to come.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"A New Height" by Bryan Larsen, Remembering the WTC

Like most of us, I remember exactly where I was on 9/11. Living in Florida at the time, I was busy at work when someone came in into the office from the break room with the news. The rest of the day was spent watching in horror as the day's events unfolded.

Shortly before that tragic day, a wonderful artist named Bryan Larsen, completed a painting that featured a dashing young architect taking pride in his greatest masterpiece. In "A New Height" the World Trade Center is featured prominently in the painting. (follow the link to see the entire painting) The original oil on linen was purchased very quickly, after which Bryan Larsen made a limited number of signed and numbered prints on canvas available. In an effort to make this image available to almost anyone, Bryan even offered a poster of the painting. It was obvious that people would need and want something positive to remember these beautiful buildings and those who lost their lives in the attack. A limited number of these prints are still available.

On September 14, 2001, my husband Quent, wrote a profound letter to our friends, family and associates. The letter is posted on our web site just below the image of the painting. Each year, I read with pride the words that my husband so eloquently wrote. Thank you Bryan and Quent for giving us all something wonderfully positive to share with each other.

My goal is to circulate both the image and the letter around the world this week. The world needs more Rational Art and we aim to provide it. Feel free to blog, Tweet, e-mail or Facebook the link. We appreciate your assistance in getting this image to anyone who will benefit from seeing it.