In 1936 Garé graduated with honours from Punahou Academy in Honolulu and was voted Honor Graduate of the Punahou Class of '36. The same year she won the first of 4 annual scholarships at the highly esteemed Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. To win just one scholarship was a major achievement in itself, but Garé's feat must have been unprecedented! She only joined the school in September 1937 after having spent the winter in New England followed by several months' delay due to her mother's illness.





The founder
Logo as it looked in Garé's time

The school was founded by Vesper Lincoln George, but by the time Garé attended his daughter, Dorothy Hill George, had taken over. The school closed in 1983.



Excerpt of a letter sent from Director Dorothy Hill George to Garé's mother in November 1937:
... We have had time to discover that Garé has real talent. She is a fine student and her instructors have a very real interest in helping her to progress. So many show promise at first and then fall by the wayside for any one of a number of reasons that when we find someone like Garé who continues to fulfill our high hopes, we congratulate ourselves and hurry to assure you that all is well ...
... Garé is a dear in every way and we are enjoying having her with us ...

Already the following month George sent another letter to Garé's mother (excerpt):
... We enjoy so much having Garé with us. She is a student with more than exceptional talent and good taste, and we regard her progress and quality of craftmanship well up in the rank of the five outstanding students in her very large class ...
... Garé's marks are as follows: Color A, General Design A, Representation A, Modelling A-, Figure Drawing A+ ...

Right after the arrival of this letter her parents received a brief note from Garé saying that her marks in Figure Drawing had been incorrect; the correct one was A- ...

In December 1937 Garé wrote a letter to her parents. In it she also commented on 'the state of affairs' at the school (excerpts):
... Irene and I are getting along fine in our new room. I find it much better to work in than the other ...
... I'm ashamed to leave you so long between times without news but it seems I haven't a minute. I work until 12 and 1:30 and 3:00 for about 3 nights in a row, then go to bed early one night and so on. I snatch sleep between the time I come home and going to dinner. You see, most of the kids major in one subject and I'm majoring in two and part of a third ...

In June of 1938 George sent Garé a longer, semi-personal letter which ended:
... With best wishes for a wonderful summer, and the hope that you will be able to come back to us, for your unusual talent makes you one of our leading lights and I know Mr. Lindergreen (Assistant Director - Editor's remark) would be very much disappointed if you did not finish the course in which you have made such a fine beginning.
Garé left the school with a full year's scholarship, the first ever to be issued to a girl the second year!

In September 1938 George wrote to Garé (excerpt):
... We enjoyed having you with us last year, and because of your excellent record, shall look forward with much interest to what you may expect to accomplish next year ...
... School reopens September 26 and there will be more news of interest to tell you when you come back for registration ...
Not only did Garé come back, she received three more scholarships!



Secretary in the freshman board of 1937
Fencing lessons
'Best of five' of 96 in the General Design freshman class






During her year-long stay in Boston, Massachusetts, Garé ventured into other means of expression with paint and materials. She experimented with different types of textiles such as silk, cotton, and flax, which she all decorated in different ways.
Two examples:
1. She made a set of silken table napkins and a tray cloth all decorated with flowering vines.
2. She made a series of flax fabric and satin-smooth cotton fabric (both presumably to be used as curtain material) decorated with stylized images of bamboo.




As a result of her splendid art results Garé quickly became known in the newspapers. Here are a few photo examples.




Garé also found time to visit several Boston studios in order to have professional photos taken. Here are a few photo examples.



During her stay at the Vesper George School of Art Garé received several diplomas of which one of the more impressive is shown here. In June of 1941 she graduated and was now - at the age of 23 - a fully trained artist with a specialty in painting, which was to be her vocation for the rest of her life.