Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts

Featuring the Work of Charles Muench

Gardnerville , NV    About Charles

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About Charles Muench

Charles Muench is an artist living in between the Sierra Mountains and the high plains desert of Nevada. He studied primarily under Maynard D. Stewart, a student of Frank Vincent DuMonds and the son of renowned Utah landscape painter, LeConte Stewart. After studying at the Art Students League of New York, Charles moved to Madrid, Spain, where he painted the city and countryside, studied Velasquez, copied master works in the Prado, and attended classes at the Circulo Bellas Artes. Charles’ artwork will be included in the prestigious 2014 Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, the largest auction of western art in the nation. Charles was featured in the April 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine as well as the June 2007 and June 2003 issues. His work is featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Art of the West magazine as well as the May 2005 issue of Plein Air magazine. Charles received the Patron’s Choice Award at Maynard Dixon Country Invitational in 2013, 2008, and 2005. In 2012, Charles was honored with Irvine Museum Gold Medal from the California Art Club's 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He also received the Southwest Art Award of Excellence in 2011 and in 2010, the Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape. “The philosophy of The Irvine Museum is that the great works created by artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are antecedent to the great works created by contemporary landscape painters and Charles is one of the best examples of that philosophy. I have long admired his work. I have always believed that landscape painting is the most noble of pictorial arts. Certainly, the most difficult goal of landscape painting is to paint the light, but few artists are capable of doing it perfectly, and Charles is in that elite group.” -Jean Stern, Executive Director, Irvine Museum, CA.

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Many events will be at the Old Rock Church in Mount Carmel also on the National Register of Historic Places

There will be announcements regarding daily events on the website as participants are added.

Symposium Leaders:

Russell Case

Louis Escobedo

Glenn Renell

Elizabeth Robbins

Shanna Allen Kunz


The symposium panel participants and demonstrations:

John Taft

Lorenzo Chavez

Robert Goldman

Thursday night will be an evening of Cowboy Music and Poetry headlined by

Robin Arnold

Artists Reception Friday Night 6-9 pm at Thunderbird Gallery

On Saturday morning the Wet Painting Sale will be conducted at the Dixon Property beginning at 10:00am.




Founded in 1999, the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation whose mission includes the preservation and maintenance of the Maynard Dixon home and property in Mt. Carmel, Utah. Built in 1939 by Dixon and his wife Edith Hamlin, the foundation has been instrumental in having this important historical Utah property placed on the National Register of Historic Places and as such will be included as one of the places to visit on historic Highway 89. Located near the important early Utah settlement of Orderville, the Dixon home and studio is an important destination for visiting artists wishing to partake of the beauty and spirit of Southern Utah where great painters and sculptors, writers and photographers have come for retreats and convivial inspiration for over sixty years.


We strongly believe in the importance of preserving this historical property, and the need for sharing it with other artists. We want to ensure that future generations will understand and benefit from everything we do at the Dixon property, which is why we continue to produce the Maynard Dixon Country event, host artist retreats, mount major shows for local artists, and host art workshops.

 All of the art listed can be purchased immediately by clicking on the artist's name which will take you to the available art. When you fill out the "Intent to Purchase" form you will be the guaranteed buyer. The foundation staff will contact you to arrange for payment



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