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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Maynard Dixon Country Kick-Off Celebration

The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts will host a Kick-Off Celebration to announce the 45 invited artists for Maynard Dixon Country 2006, an annual art show, sale, and artist paint-out held in August in Mt. Carmel, Utah. The Kick-Off Celebration will take place at the historic Alta Club, 100 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2006.

At the Kick-Off, representative works from some of the 2006 invited artists will be on display and for sale, in addition to items for auction from the Thunderbird Foundation’s holdings, all to benefit the foundation. Perhaps the most notable item in the auction is “Shoshoni Traveling,” a 7.5” x 11.5” gouache by Utah artist Minerva Teichert from about 1930, value estimated between $15,000 and $25,000. Stays at the Maynard Dixon home and studio in Mt. Carmel, prints of Maynard Dixon’s “Cloud World” and “Come A’ Runnin’,” and original works from artists such as Dan Baxter, Graydon Foulger, and Kent Wallis comprise some of the other items for auction.

With the Kick-Off begins the march to Maynard Dixon Country, leading up to the show in August. This year, from August 23-27, these invited artists will gather to paint the beauty of southern Utah in the summer. Maynard Dixon treasured this area near Zion National Park in the final years of his life, hosting many of his artist friends at his home and studio in Mt. Carmel, and a place where he made some of his best works. In the spirit of Dixon’s creative collaboration with his artist contemporaries, Maynard Dixon Country was born. Maynard Dixon Country gathers together the nation’s best artists for a week of painting, discussion, and celebration of the artist’s spirit. The show features lectures, a preview of the art, a wet painting show, and culminates in a gala awards dinner. Maynard Dixon Country is more than an art show—it is a rare congregation of some of the best talent in the country united in celebration of one of America’s most important artists.

“Maynard Dixon Country, for me, is a gathering of some of the best artists in the country,” said G. Russell Case, Brigham City resident and Executive Producer for Maynard Dixon Country 2006. “It’s more than just a show or just a business thing. It’s a coming-together of great artists to inspire each other and inspire future directions in art.”

Bonnie Posselli, a Salt Lake City artist and long-time invited artist at Maynard Dixon Country, agrees that the show is a hotbed of talent and energy.

“It’s a fertile ground for present-day painters of the West to gather and honor Maynard Dixon—as well as to create new ways of seeing the land around the Dixon home that he once painted,” said Posselli. “I keep coming back because of the foundation’s passion it pours into the whole magic and majesty of Maynard Dixon’s legacy.”

Maynard Dixon Country 2006 runs from August 23 to August 27 at the historic Dixon home and studio in Mt. Carmel in southern Utah. Tickets to the Kick-Off are $50, with the first patrons receiving limited edition Thunderbird statuettes and all patrons being entered into a raffle to win a Roland print of Maynard Dixon’s “Navajoland.” For more information, to purchase tickets, or for an absentee bidding form, visit www.maynarddixoncountry.com or call (801) 533-5330.

The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization furthering Maynard Dixon’s legacy by preserving his estate and educating the public about his immeasurable contributions to American art through educational tours of his home, internships for working artists, artist retreats and workshops, and art day camps for people with special needs.

CONTACT: Daren Brabham, Marketing Administrator
Office: (801) 533-5330
Cell: (801) 633-4796
Email: daren@maynarddixon.com

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