Refresh Your Artistic Self at Maynard Dixon Home and Studio
By Dixie Brunner
By Dixie Brunner “At last I shall give myself to the desert again, that I am its golden dust,” wrote western artist Maynard Dixon. The desert was Dixon’s first love, as evidenced by the late artist’s famous work. Dixon painted western life for over 50 years. Through paintings, murals, drawings and illustrations, he communicated the beauty and grandeur of its deserts, mountains, canyons and valleys, and recorded the life of its Indians and settlers. He dedicated his life and art to celebrate the American West. When the famed artist sought serenity and heat relief from his Tucson, Arizona home in 1939, it was in nearby Mt. Carmel where Dixon settled. He and wife Edith Hamlin built a summer home and studio in a peaceful setting among cottonwood trees and along a stream running through a verdant meadow. They were attracted by the magnificent vistas, colorful sandstone cliffs and the area’s celebrated cloud formations. The couple’s dream was to create a place where they could work on their art, and invite artist friends to partake in the beauty of the Utah landscape. Fortunate were the creative individuals who received the invitation and opportunity to work and spend time at the inspirational property. The Maynard Dixon Home and Studio is committed to Dixon’s original goal of fostering a new generation of artistic creativity. Tours are scheduled daily. There are also several events held throughout the year, where you can watch the visiting artists create and even purchase their works! The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit foundation whose mission includes the preservation and maintenance of the Dixon home and property in Mt. Carmel. The Bingham Gallery, also on the property, features incredible works by Maynard Dixon, Jack Hillers and others. For more information and events, please check out their website at www.maynarddixon.com. Paul and Susan Bingham invite you to a special spring show on May 23, 2021 titled “The Iconic Southwest Landscapes of Robert Goldman.” The event will be held at the Maynard Dixon property. Paintings in this show depict the stunningly beautiful locations of Bryce Canyon, Escalante Grand Staircase, Boulder, Hell’s Backbone Bridge, Grosvenor Arch, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands and Arches National Park. For the May 23 show at the Maynard Dixon Legacy Museum, all health protocols will be in place and we look forward to seeing you. For your convenience, the show will also be available online.