Arvid says he strives to make his work accessible and pleasing to as many people as possible. "People think that art is for an elite group of people to enjoy - art is for everyone to enjoy," the artist says. And he feels the same way about wine. By bringing art and wine together in realistic but unpretentious scenes, he breaks down traditional barriers surrounding both. "My pieces are about getting a bottle open and sharing a glass with friends," says Arvid.
As a self-taught painter, Arvid learned to appreciate wine and great food in a similar fashion: with time, experimentation, humor, and a sense of balance between his disciplined work ethic and his role as a family guy with a wide circle of friends. While Arvid has a studio in Kennesaw, Georgia, he frequently travels to the California wine country and other places in the U.S. He often sets up his easel wherever he is, sometimes working out in public.
Arvid is married and the father of two boys. For more information on the artist, visit www.thomasarvid.com.
Thomas Arvid Wine Dinner
Friday, September 5
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
25 E. Ohio, Chicago
Meet Thomas Arvid
Saturday: 2 to 8 pm
Sunday: noon to 3 pm
Lake Geneva, WI
Thomas Arvid Wine Dinner Menu
Crab Stuffed Shrimp Duck Somosa's Mango and Crab Stack
Far Niente Chardonnay Napa 2006
Papaya Salad with Australian Rock Lobster and Sweet Chili Dressing
Nickel & Nickel Syrah, Darien Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma 2006
Butter Poached Seas Scallops on the Half Shell with Wild Mushroom Risotto
Nickel & Nickel Merlot, Sori Bricco Vineyard, Diamond Mountain 2004
Pepper Crusted Lamb Chops with Plum Chutney and Cabernet Whipped Potatoes
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon, Rock Cairn Vineyard, Oakville 2005
Grilled Bananas with Rich Caramel Sauce and Cinnamon Ice Cream
Dolce, Napa 2004