(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900 - 1965)
A Philadelphia native, Gest attended the Pennsylvania Museum School
of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1924 -
28) and L'Academie Scandinave in Paris from 1928 -1929.
She studied at
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under Hugh Breckenridge, among others, with whom she also studied
numerous summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She made the Gloucester
art colony her seasonal home for the majority of her lifetime.
exhibited, along with her friend Edith Wood, with the Philadelphia Ten
in 1935. Primarily a watercolorist, Gest was considered the most
"modern" of the group due to her cubist stylistic tendencies; together
she and Wood were regarded consistently as "more contemporary" than the
Gest exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
from 1927 through 1960. She won numerous awards and scholarships,
including the coveted Cresson Traveling Fellowship from the PAFA in
Her work was featured in many one and two-woman shows, and she was
a member of many art organizations, including the PAFA Fellowship,
Philadelphia Watercolor Club, the Contemporary Club, the North Shore
Arts Association and the Woodmere Gallery, among others.