Good Deed: Auction of McLean artwork will benefit Camp Lookout

Contributed Photo / One of the works by the late John McLean that will be up for auction starting on Sunday, April 23, at First-Centenary United Methodist Church or online.

Proceeds from an upcoming auction of 110 watercolor works by the late local artist John McLean will benefit Camp Lookout, a United Methodist outdoor ministry on Lookout Mountain that serves thousands of people every year.

McClean, a Northern Ireland native and aeronautical engineer by trade, came to the United States in 1962 and was largely a self-taught artist. After moving to Chattanooga about 30 years ago, he studied with Jim and Carolyn Wright and took workshops with Tony Couch, Sterling Edwards, Robert Wade and Eric Wiegardt. McLean died in 2022.

In-person viewing and bidding of the art -- 30 smaller pieces also will be for sale -- will begin at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., on Sunday, April 23, from noon to 2 p.m., and online bidding ( opens that same day at 8 a.m.

In-person viewing and bidding will continue Mondays, April 24 and May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, April 26 and May 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sundays, April 30 and May 7, from noon to 2 p.m. Those who register their attendance will be entered in a drawing for one of the large paintings. Winning bidders will be notified by phone, text or email on May 8.

For more information, call 423-605-5181 or 423-280-5848.