Rhea Gary was named Best Painter in Baton Rouge in the 2nd Annual Best of 225 Awards. According to the readers’ nominations, ". . . Gary marries paint to canvas to capture the brilliance and splendor of Louisiana’s bayous and marshland." In 2005, Gary joined with nature photographer, C.C. Lockwood, to portray the beauty of Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands in the book, Marsh Mission.