Professionally, Garé was acknowledged and
celebrated as a unique artist throughout her entire painting
career. Her work was highly praised by everyone she met, and an
endless number of enthusiastic articles in the newspapers speak
for themselves. This page shows just a fraction of the multiple
honours with which Garé was bequeathed in person.
NB.: Several of Garé's paintings are mentioned below, but they were all sold quickly and no reasonable photos of them survive.
During her stay at the Vesper George School of Art Garé received several diplomas of which one of the more impressive is shown to the left. She graduated as Best of Five of 96 students. The same year Garé was guest of honour at a party (right) where she exhibited several of her paintings. Among the guests were Governor of the Hawaiian Islands, Joseph B. Poindexter (sitting with Garé behind him), and actress Joan Fontaine (standing to his left).
The greatest recurring event in Hemet, where Carl and Garé lived for many years, is The Ramona Pageant (see more HERE). A connected event is The Hemet Valley Art Association's Festival in Art, an art show which attract artists as well as spectators from far and near. The couple acted as art judges for many years, and Garé would occasionally participate in the art competitions as well. This year the judges' prize went to Gerald Ehlers (left) and his rural scene painting At One Time, while Garé (right) won Popular Vote in the fine arts division with her forest painting Reflections.
At the Californian art shows several prizes
were given in different categories, but the most sought-after
were the judges' first prize and the public's prize the
so-called Popular Vote. To some degree the latter was
often considered the more prestigious, because the 'judges'
were the spectators at the shows.
One of the most prestigious and well-known
galleries in California was the Chriswood Gallery
situated in a newly built shopping center at the Rancho
California Plaza in Temecula. The gallery was owned by a
very active and interested couple, George and Jeanne
Woods, and they held several art award shows every year.
Also, they were close friends with both Garé and Carl*.
Garé exhibited her paintings almost every time, and she
would often win in different categories. This is one
* George later deplored that he did not - though given the chance - exhibit Carl's first duck paintings for the simple reason that the demand for such work was not big enough!!! But that is another story...
Every year in February since the early 1940s one of the most visited and unique events takes place at the Riverside County's fairgrounds in the city of Indio. The event is named The Riverside County Fair & National Date* Festival, and displays multiple animal shows, exotic animal races, parades, and pageants - and art galleries. This year Garé won first prize for her painting The Aged Woods.
* The term Date refers to the exotic fruit. Indio is to this day widely known as The Date Capital of the United States.
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