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Photo taken on September 30, 2012


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Mount Carmel, UT - The Bingham Gallery

Mount Carmel, UT - The Bingham Gallery
SUN 30 SEPT 2012
Drive: from Springdale to Bryce Canyon, Utah

We unexpectedly came upon this gallery as we were driving to Bryce Canyon (from Zion), and stopped in for a look. I'm glad we did, as the gallery sits near the historic home of artist & poet Maynard Dixon; who I later found out was the preeminent painter for his time, of southwest landscapes and Native Americans. He had a long and distinguished career as an artist which allowed him to travel all across America and to live anywhere he chose (he lived in San Francisco and New York for awhile), but his heart and soul were drawn to the serene, wide open spaces of the American southwest, which provided him the inspiration for so many of his wonderful paintings.

The more I saw of Arizona and the southwest, the more I was drawn
to the life and works of Maynard Dixon's paintings and poetry.

"I will share with them my loving held vision of beauty.
Yes, this is enough.
So, unhurredly I will pass,
peacefully, yes content,
under the desert stars.
~Maynard Dixon, 1935

The Binghams (Paul & Susan) are art dealers and collectors, who - in 1998 - purchased Maynard Dixon's summer home and studio in Mt. Carmel, Utah. They established themselves as a non-profit organization in early 1999 under the name of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, using the funds to restore, protect and preserve the home and studio where Maynard Dixon's memorial and ashes remain.