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The second story had a collection of historic art from the likes of Maynard Dixon, LeConte Stewart and some very large works by Howard Russell Butler.
The next morning I drove 15 minutes out of the city to Snow Canyon State Park to paint before continuing on back east through Zion for the second half of the trip.
After leaving the east entrance of Zion behind me, I arrived at Mt. Carmel Jct. for the Maynard Dixon Country exhibit put on by the Bingham Gallery. The gallery lies adjacent to the historic Maynard Dixon home and studio. The show includes some of the best western landscape artists working today and it didn't disappoint. I missed the opening night because it was the same as the Zion show, but the evening I arrived they had a dinner planned for patrons and artists. Some of the artists I met at the Phippen Show in May were showing there, so I didn't feel too much like a party crasher. Pastel artsit D. LaRue Mahlke was kind enough to show me around and the next day she also showed me a wonderful canyon near the gallery where many artists go to paint. Southern Utah is an achingly beautiful place. Great scenery, art, food, company and music (incredible jazz provided by the owners daughter, Angela Bingham). All there in tiny Mt. Carmel Jct! The next day I drove back through Page, AZ and took the time to visit Horseshoe Bend and Wupatki National Monument.
I'll save the Sierra climbing trip for another post...