Dorothy B. (“Dottie”) Hayes was an artist of myriad styles and media, a lover of music, books, sailing and poetry, and a longtime resident of Brooklin. She died peacefully at home Thursday, Aug. 16, at the age of 94. Dottie was born in New York City on Aug. 5, 1924, to Edward Lambert Barbour and Lucie Hitchings Hall. Raised in Portland, she attended Waynflete School in Portland, and studied drawing at the Portland School of Fine and Applied Arts (now the Maine College of Art). She went on to Holmquist School in New Hope, Pa., where she studied with the noted landscape artist John Folinsbee. In 1946, she graduated from Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., with a BA in art and literature. Over the years, she continued her art education at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle.
Dottie’s art was shown in Cali, Colombia; at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, in Ibadan, Nigeria; at the Blantyre Cultural Center in Lilongwe, Malawi; in New York City at Noho Gallery and at The Roger Smith Hotel Lobby Series, and hangs in the permanent collection of the Midwestern African Museum of Art in Lincoln, Neb. She exhibited in Maine at the Blue Hill Public Library, the Camden Public Library, Blue Hill’s Leighton Gallery, the Blue Hill Bay Gallery, the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, Friend Memorial Public Library in Brooklin and The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth.
Watercolors she painted in Africa in the 1990s were reproduced as cards and posters to benefit UNICEF’s “Women in Agriculture,” the Kersey Children’s Home in Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and “Artists Supporting Children of Malawi.” Many of the original paintings were auctioned off to support the projects.
On June 21, 1947, Dottie married Dr. Guy Scull Hayes at the Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Dr. Hayes was an international public health specialist and associate director of the health sciences division of the Rockefeller Foundation. His work took the couple abroad for 20 years. They lived in Brazil, Iran, Mexico, Iraq, Switzerland and Colombia, while they raised six children. After moving to New York City in 1968, they traveled to Africa, where Dr. Hayes oversaw local medical programs and where Dottie’s work for UNICEF took root.
Guy and Dottie bought a house in Brooklin in 1951 and used it for years as their home base in America while still spending most of their time overseas. They moved to Brooklin permanently in 1977 when Dr. Hayes retired.
Dottie was a founding member of Friends of Blue Hill Bay, founding member and first president of the Blue Hill Concert Association, and was on the boards of The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, the Community Arts Panel of the Maine Arts Commission, the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, The Bay School, MERI (Marine Environmental Research Institute) and Kneisel Hall.
In 2017, she made the initial endowment to establish the Food For Thought Fund at Blue Hill’s George Stevens Academy, which provides lunches for students in need. The gift was based on her belief that “a hungry student cannot be a focused learner.”
Dottie was predeceased by her husband, Guy, in 1993, her brother Col. Edward Lambert Barbour Jr. U.S. Army, Ret., in 2005, and her son Dr. Edward Barbour Hayes in 2013. She is survived by her daughters Lucie Hayes Semler, Anna Scull Hayes, Priscilla Hayes Taylor, her sons Guy Hamilton Hayes, and Bartlett Harding Hayes II, 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service in the summer of 2019 in Blue Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Friends of Blue Hill Bay (fobhb.org/donate/), the Blue Hill Concert Association (www.bluehillconcertassociation.org/contributions.html), or the Food For Thought Fund at George Stevens Academy (https://www.georgestevensacademy.org/onlinegift – please specify Food For Thought Fund).