The Thunderbird Foundation Blog
August 22-25, 2018 Mount Carmel, Utah
The Maynard Dixon Country Camp Out is a gathering of artists, collectors, community, and friends who love art.
The guiding principles of the event are two fold: we want to help artists in America and we want to ensure the viability of historic preservation. We are deeply connected to the art of Maynard Dixon and his contributions to American art. But rather than focusing solely on the beloved paintings of Maynard Dixon, we focus on the "art spirit" and intention of Maynard Dixon, the artist, poet, and whole person. In choosing to remember Dixon this way, we believe his legacy becomes even more meaningful when it is illuminated by the artists who are living and making art in 2018.
The camp out is one of our major fundraising events to support the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. In bringing collectors to this event, we help the artists on the forefront of American art continue to thrive, and we fulfill our mission for historic preservation. All art sales from Dixon Country Camp Out directly fund the artists as well as the annual operating budget of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts and the Maynard Dixon Living History Museum.
In 1939, seminal American artist Maynard Dixon and his wife, fellow artist Edith Hamlin, fulfilled Maynard’s lifelong dream of escaping the hustle & bustle of the city for the slower pace of a life in the desert. They chose to build a small log homestead among a grove of cottonwood trees in the quaint town of Mt. Carmel, Utah. Centrally located between some of the country’s most stunning national parks, the idyllic setting couldn’t have been more perfectly suited to an artist. Maynard and Edith spent every spring and summer living, painting and exploring the 20 acres of their property and its surrounding area. The pastoral scenes, sweeping landscapes and endless skies that epitomize the area found themselves the subjects of many of Maynard’s most well-known pieces.
The skill of a master, an engaging, unconventional character and a true love for his subject matter have given Maynard Dixon the well earned distinction of being one of western art’s penultimate creators. A wanderlust-driven soul known for his cowboy attire and often solitary nature, Dixon was a no-nonsense man with a passion for all things western and his goal was to capture the true soul of the desert landscapes and its denizens honestly and without idealization.
October 8, 2015
by Ima B. Eyer
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