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Dinner With the Founders

Price: $50.00

Dinner with the founders, Paul and Susan Bingham available year round but must be scheduled at least one week ahead. All diet restrictions also need be known in advance. Size of group limited to 16 diners.  Menu will vary.

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Paul and Susan Bingham founded the Thunderbird Foundation in 1999. They were dealers for Edith Hamlin for 20 years and have numerous anecdotes and interesting stories to relate.

Maynard Dixon died in the fall of 1946 at their home in Tucson, Arizona. At his request, Edith Hamlin took Maynard's ashes to Utah and buried them beneath a boulder on the hillside behind their home overlooking the mountains of Mt. Carmel. A bronze memorial engraved with his famous Thunderbird symbol marks the area where his ashes were buried. In 1947, Hamlin completed the construction of the studio, which had been planned prior to Maynard's death.

Edith Hamlin sold the property to the American watercolorist, Milford Zornes and his wife, Patricia in 1963. The two carried on the Dixons' artistic tradition through many studio workshops and artist retreats.

In 1998, Zornes sold the entire property to Paul and Susan Bingham, who were longtime friends and agents of Edith Hamlin during their 25 years as California art dealers, specializing in Dixon's work. The Binghams, helped by local workers and contractors, carefully restored the land and buildings.

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