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William Neal McPheeters Estate

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Internet-only (timed) auction

By:

Valley Auction Services LLC

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660-A New Hwy 68, Sweetwater, Tennessee, 37874. USA. tel: (865) 816-8587

Started:
7th Sep, 2023
Ended: 24th Oct, 2023
View: Tennessee Auctions
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Valley Auction Services - Valley Realty Group and Auctions has been commisioned by the Family of William Neal McPheeters to liquidate the remaining estate.This is a vast collection of orginal art, Comic Collections, Books, Fine Art that Me Mcpheeters has ethier done him self or has collected over the years. Most will come with a letter / Certificate of Authenticity, that was done by the Artist.Nationally recognized artist, William Neal McPheeters, 81, passed away January 6th, 2021 at home in Athens, TN surrounded by family. Neal was an artist, an author, avid reader, and lifelong student of his interests. He is not easily forgotten by any that were fortunate enough to meet him let alone fortunate enough to call him friend. He will be missed every day but his creative legacy will live on through his art.Neal was born in Chattanooga, TN and raised in Decatur, TN near the Tennessee River on the family farm. After graduating from Meigs County High School he enrolled in the U.S. Navy and served four years. His early art training included evening classes at the Norfolk, VA branch of William and Mary, and the Famous Artists Correspondence School. After his discharge from the Navy he enrolled in The Isaac Harris Art School and The Peabody Teachers College at Vanderbilt both in Nashville, TN. He later went on to be a founding member of Nashvilles Studio Six, a successful illustration and design studio. He served as the Art Director for the early education research program at The John F. Kennedy Center located on the Vanderbilt/Peabody campus. In the early 70s he moved to Sweetwater, TN where he opened the Sequoyah Performing Arts Center. He soon moved to New York and began a long freelance career. He then moved to Stone Harbor, NJ and opened a gallery, Peter McPhee Fine Arts, where he focused his energy on easel paintings. He has illustrated countless books, book covers, and commercial ads over the course of his career, and has art hanging in galleries all over the U.S. and Europe, including a permanent collection at the Tennessee State Museum. His most recent career accomplishment was fulfilling a long-time dream of publishing a graphic novel he began writing with his youngest son, Robert, back in the 80s, The Last Companion.He retired to Athens, TN two years ago to be closer to his daughter and family, but as he himself has said, I dont think an artist ever really retires. He was creating up until the end. It was his wish for no funeral services.