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Artist Ivey Hayes dead at 64

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Local artist Ivey Hayes has died. He was 64.

Hayes's brother Phillips says the man known for his paintings of vibrant colors and southern life, music and sports, died this morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Phillip says Ivey, who for years had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis that had mangled his hands, had gone into the hospital August 28 and had been in critical condition since as he battled a host of complications.

Despite his crippling arthritis, Hayes continued to paint until the final months of his life.

In a 2007 interview with WWAY, Hayes said he found his gift for art as a child growing up in Pender County. Years later when arthritis forced him to stop working, he turned back to painting portraits as a form of therapy.

But Hayes said he fought God's plan by painting portraits, until he said the Lord took him on a spiritual experience that changed everything; showing him faceless black figures working and living in what Hayes called distorted perspective.

"I'm very thankful that the Lord wouldn't leave me alone," he said, "because I look around today and see what he's done for me in my life... it's very wonderful, because I use it to help his people."

That may be how many people knew him best. Hayes often created art for local festivals; his paintings fetching tens of thousands of dollars at auction for charity.

Phillip Hayes says the family is working on funeral arrangements.

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Prayers for the Hayes Family

Our family met Ivey in Church. We new him as a vocalist, a musician and a person very committed to family and church. Much later we learned that "Ivey could draw" (understatement). Who new, that he was a diamond in the rough that would soon reveal his true artistry. What I remember most about Ivey the person, was his incredible smile. It would brighten anyone's day, his laughter could easily overshadow the blues, and his humble demeanor was so authentic. The vibrant color in his art work was mesmerizing, but what I will miss the most is Ivey the man.

Our prays continue for the Hayes family

Love
The Walker/Page family

I had the honor of meeting

I had the honor of meeting Mr Hayes some years ago and my life was blessed by meeting such a great man...He will be missed!!!! Praying for the family.

Ivey Hayes

I met Mr. Hayes several years ago and bought several of his paintings.We talked for awhile after I found out he knew some of my dads family in pender county.I remember he ordered pizza for lunch and wanted me & my husband to join him.He was a sweet southern gentlemen!

I met Mr. Hayes while

I met Mr. Hayes while volunteering at NHRMC. What a nice person he was. He will certainly be missed.

You should not talk about

You should not talk about who you see in a hospital while working there. It's a Hippa violation

VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS SAD

VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS SAD NEWS OF MR IVEYS DEATH. I HAVE A CUTTING BOARD, (WHICH I HAVE ON DISPLAY, BUT DON'T USE AND A TRIVET IN MY KITCHEN WINDOW. THEY ARE OF BEACH CHAIRS ON THE BEACH. I WILL TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF THEM. CONDOLENCENSES TO HIS FAMILY.

Condolences to the family.

I have many signed prints in my home and have enjoyed them for years. He will live on through his paintings.

Thanks so much Keep us in

Thanks so much Keep us in your prayers.

God bless