Joni Parker-Roach of NOA-Fine Art Gallery and Art School at 113 Main Street, Groton, will host an art auction for the Estate of Dr. Phyllis MacNeil this Sunday afternoon, May 4, 2014. Dr. MacNeil was an eclectic art collector as well as being a sculptor herself. Niece of the very prominent sculptor Hermon MacNeil, who sculpted the model for the 1925 Standing Liberty quarter, she retired from being a surgeon to use her skilled hands and good eye in sculpting.
Of interest to Groton residents, friends of the Groton School, and regional folks are six carved wood birds by master woodworker Harvey Sargisson available in the Auction. Mr. Sargisson taught woodworking at Groton School from 1944 to 1970 and was instrumental in gathering local support and funds to purchase the property on Knopps Pond, the town beach and park known as Sargisson Beach. The Sargisson ducks have become treasured acquisitions at other local auctions.
Dr. MacNeil was a serious collector and admirer of the work of author and poet May Sarton. There are 44 books of her work and two original signed letters from May Sarton available for bid as a collection.
Available for bid will also be a few pieces of Dr. MacNeil’s own work and art work and antique mirrors from her own collection.
Doors will be open at 2 p.m. to browse and enjoy wine and cheese. The Auction will begin at 3 p.m.