Beth Garcia (1918-2007)
Beth Garcia was born in Oakland, California. She attended Anna Head School (Oakland, CA) and studied art under Claire Falkenstein. Later Beth attended Mills College, receiving her B.A. (1939) and M.A (1941) in Creative Art under the tutelage of such noted artists as Raymond Puccinelli, Florence Minard and the painter Leon Kroll. She settled in Carmel where she worked as an artist for over 40 years. A member of the Carmel Art Association since 1955, she served on their Board of Directors for 7 years.
Although primarily a sculptor, Garcia worked in various media including drawings on paper, paintings, collage, printing and ceramics. The style of her work is most often representational and reflects a “simplified naturalism.” In 1964, she began to master the lost wax medium casting many of her works in gold and silver using precious stones as accents. Subjects were primarily animals such as sea otters, pelicans, horses and lions. Playful childhood subjects and mythology also appear in her work that included jewelry. Working typically in small scale, Garcia’s sculptures range from 1 to 9 inches in height. A trip to Africa in the late 1970s provided inspiration for one of her largest works, Africa that included 31 gold and coral figures.
Exhibitions and Awards:
Dallas Museum of Fine Art, 1959 (oil painting)
California Sculptors Annual, 1959 Oakland Museum of Art
Monterey County Fair Fine Art Show, 1st prize, 1956-8
Two person show Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA., 1964
New Monterey Center, Monterey, CA., 1964
First Annual Chamber Arts award, Portland, OR., 1980
Listed in Who’s Who of American Women 1997-1998
Exhibited at the Carmel Art Association for many years in addition to galleries in Naples, Florida and Carmel. Beth Garcia’s work is in many private collections nationwide including the Collection of Richard Mellon Scaife.
A third generation Californian, Beth’s grandfather George Washington Scott was a director of the Crocker National Bank of San Francisco and founded Scott & Van Arsdale Company which owned the McCloud River Lumber Company in 1897.
Beth Garcia often signed her work in clear block letters, “Beth Garcia” or in a more geometric triangular form with only the initials, “BG.”
“Every one of my sculptures can be reduced to love – love of life and love of the animals.” Beth Garcia
The artist and her son, Holland Garcia
Submitted by: Douglas S. Baxter, Appraiser