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And the Thunderbird
Foundation for the Arts

Mt. Carmel, UT
For information call 435.648.2653 or visit www.maynarddixon.com

For over fifty years California-born modernist Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) painted in the American West, recording the grandeur of its landscape and the life of its settlers and native Indians. In 1939, Dixon and his wife Edith Hamlin (1902-1992) decided to make a
Maynard Dixon (1875–1946), Navajoland, 1926–1927.
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts.
permanent home in Mount Carmel, Utah, and began the tradition of inviting painters, photographers, writers, and sculptors to join them in this unique region of the country. (Vladimir Nabokov reputedly finished Lolita there.) When Paul and Susan Bingham bought the house in 1998 from California watercolorist Milford Zornes, they established the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, a nonprofit organization devoted to maintaining the architectural integrity of the Dixon home and its surrounding environment so that future generations can experience the Mount Carmel Dixon loved. In the spirit of Dixon, Hamlin, and Zornes, the property remains a retreat for artists, and the Foundation actively fosters an ever expanding arts program for the public. Between April and September each year the Dixon home is open for tours. For a week in June the Foundation hosts a summer camp program for people with disabilities to engage in arts activities. From August 24 to 28 the Foundation hosts its annual art show and artist paint-out. The Foundation also offers residencies of up to three weeks to writers and artists to relax or work, as the spirit moves them. Future plans include the development of a museum.

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