Annamarie DiMare Hayes Eggert, an award-winning artist in Southern Maine, Concord, Massachusetts and Sedona, Arizona, died in her home in York on Sunday November 14th. She was 95.
A former painter, psychologist and adventure traveler, Annamarie was admired for her bold spirit, her dedication to her art, and her willingness to take a risk in her life and in her art. Born in Boston in 1926, Annamarie received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1947, followed by a master’s degree with honors two years later, both in Biology. She worked as a lab technician, a biology professor and medical illustrator before marrying James J. Hayes in 1954 and starting a family. She returned to work at the Concord Area Mental Health Center in 1967 as a grants administrator, and went on to study psychology, obtaining her EdD in psychology from BU in 1983. She joined Affiliates for Adult Development in 1976, becoming a director there in 1983, and started an independent practice in 1984.
In 1985 she moved to Sedona to devote more time to her art. Annamarie lived in Sedona for 20 years. There she was an avid hiker, active in local politics (including serving a term as Vice Mayor from 1990 - 1992) with a focus on preserving the natural beauty of the environment. She also met and fell in love with Robert J. Eggert, and was remarried in 1994. During her 20 years in Sedona, she became an accomplished artist and was represented by Windrush Gallery of Sedona.
A fierce advocate for women’s rights, Annamarie was active in the League of Women Voters through most of her adult life. She also studied painting, primarily watercolors, at every opportunity. Influenced by the work of Camille Corot, James M. W. Turner and the French Impressionists, she focused on the light and atmosphere in the development of her seascapes, landscapes and florals. Annamarie moved to York in 2005 to be closer to her beloved family. Locally, her art was exhibited at the York Art Association (where she was awarded a blue ribbon), York Library, Kittery Art Association, River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk and the Museums of Old York Decorator Show House. She previously participated in juried shows at the Arizona Watercolor Association, Arizona State Fair, Northern Arizona University Senior Artists Exhibition, and the Sedona Arts Center, and exhibited at the Sedona City Hall, which holds one of her paintings in their permanent collection, and the Church of the Red Rocks. The Sedona Medical Center has three of her paintings in their permanent collection.
Annamarie is survived by her two siblings, Seymour and Diane, her three children and six grandchildren: James T. Hayes of Washington, D.C., and his daughter Maggie; Cynthia Hayes and her husband Charles Cummings of New York, NY, and their children David and Katharine; and Elizabeth Ransom and her husband Steve of York ME, and their children Zander, Cory and Colton, as well as her large and loving family of cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, November 19th in the First Parish Congregational Church, 180 York St., York, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, please direct your donations to: Boston University Thomas H. Kunz Fund for research in biodiversity and sustainability.