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Gallery features tribute to the late Bill McPeters
by Jebb Johnston
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"Enjoying a Stogie" is one of the photos of the late Bill McPeters on display at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. The photo won first place in the people category of the 2013 museum and fair photo contest and also first place in the people category of the 2013 Arts in McNairy Photo Contest.
"Enjoying a Stogie" is one of the photos of the late Bill McPeters on display at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. The photo won first place in the people category of the 2013 museum and fair photo contest and also first place in the people category of the 2013 Arts in McNairy Photo Contest.
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A tribute to one of Corinth’s beloved characters is part of a new photo exhibit at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery.

An opening reception for “A Tribute to Bill McPeters” by Mark Boehler is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The exhibit, also a fundraiser for the gallery, will run through Oct. 12.

In addition to several portraits of the late funeral director that capture McPeter’s unique personality and sense of style, the exhibit includes images of other local people and scenes from the Corinth area. A total of 40 photos are on display.

“When I did my last photo exhibit, I did not plan to do another one,” said Boehler, who is editor of the Daily Corinthian. “But I wanted to do something as a tribute to Bill McPeters, and I wanted to help the gallery.”

His previous exhibit at the gallery, “The Country Traveler,” was in 2008. This is his first exhibit to feature photos of people in addition to the rural scenes that often show the passage of time. Many of the photos have not been seen in print.

“There are some photos taken outside of the newspaper work that I wanted to share,” said Boehler.

The photos of McPeters were taken outside McPeters Funeral Home on a warm spring morning in May 2012. As an added conversation piece, the exhibit also includes a wood-carved bear named Polly that Boehler received as a gift from McPeters after the photo shoot. Polly will be adorned in typical Bill McPeters attire, including a necktie belt and purple hat.

Other Corinth personalities such as Moon Mullins, Bailey Williams, Tobe Clausel, Robert Voyles, Abe Whitfield and Guild President Sonny Boatman are featured.

Several shots capture the final moments of the Corinth Machinery Building. Others include snow scenes, a shot from the May 2010 flood and an eerie shot captured in the basement of the old Purdy mansion in McNairy County.

Boehler’s interest in photography began in 1977 when he was attending the University of Tennessee at Martin and began covering sports for the Weakley County Press. In 1998, his interest in capturing shots outside of newspaper work increased, and he sought out rural landscapes, sunrises, barns, outhouses and old vehicles.

Boatman is particularly a fan of “First Light,” which shows the first hint of sunlight beginning to emerge over the water and trees at Tishomingo State Park.

“The exhibit has a great variety of subject matter, from sentimental landscapes to portraits of people,” said the guild president. “I was delighted that Mark decided to dedicate this exhibit to Bill McPeters, who meant a lot to so many of us.”

Prints and note cards are available for order. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 507 Cruise Street.
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