Gennie had a strong interest in nurturing the careers of other artists – she and Bob served as mentors to many young artists in the state. She was a particularly important role model for many women artists in the state. In this spirit, the DeWeese Gallery was in operation at their South Cottonwood home for several years and presented the work of contemporary artists. The Deweese home and studios became a gathering place for artists and intellectuals, allowing an exchange of ideas and inspiration. The result was a cultivation of contemporary artists who are creating, teaching, and inspiring many other artists today.
Gennie was the recipient of the “Governor’s Award for the Arts” and subsequently given an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1995.