Special to the Bulletin
An exhibit of the paintings of Dorothy Evans Mayes will be featured at this year's seventh annual Stars of Texas Art Exhibit.
The family of Dorothy Evans Mayes has donated an award of $1,000 each year for the Best of Show Award presented to the winning entry at the Stars of Texas Art Exhibit, and this exhibit is being presented as an expression of the community's gratitude, the exhibit's planning committee said.
The showing will be featured during the two-week run of the Stars of Texas Exhibit which opens Sunday at the Depot Cultural and Civic Center in Brownwood.
Dorothy Mayes previously had an exhibition of her paintings at The Clairmont in Austin in 1987. This exhibit contained 167 of her works.
Her interest in art began at about the age of 10 when her mother hired an art teacher to come to their home in San Antonio. This interest in art remained with her the rest of her life.
During her young adulthood, she studied under several instructors and attended many workshops, but she really didn't study in earnest until the 1960s. At this time she began instruction under Winona Pierson and Frances Camp Bell, devoting several days a week to her art.
Most of her paintings now belong to her daughter, Jane Ellen Jamar Fain; her son, Wendell Mayes Jr.; their families; and other members of her family and friends.
Dorothy Evans Mayes was born in 1898 in Mexico where her father was a physician with the Mexican International Railroad. She grew up in San Antonio and was married to Wendell Wise Mayes in 1922 in San Antonio. They moved to Brownwood in 1932 and purchased the Brownwood Banner. Wendell Mayes was the mayor of Brownwood from 1939 until 1951. He established a major statewide broadcast group originating in 1941 with Brownwood's KBWD, which he owned and operated until his death in 1971.
Dorothy Mayes was president of both the Junior Twentieth Century Club and the Rotary Ann Club. She was a regent of the Mary Garland Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Mayes was chairman of the women's group at Saint John's Episcopal Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Dorothy Mayes died March 3, 1994, at the age of 95. Her daughter, Jane Ellen Jamar Fain of Brownwood; her son, Wendell Mayes Jr. of Austin; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren survive her. Upon her passing, the family of Mrs. Mayes received a proclamation from the Texas State Senate extending condolences.