S. Fay Siamis, an artist and retired art teacher, died Friday, May 13th, in her Westchester home after a long illness. She was 85.
Siamis received more than 50 awards for her art, including Best of Show and a Gold Medal for still life at a Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club.
One of her paintings was selected to hang in the office of Governor Jerry Brown.
She studied with such artists as Dan Lutz, Merrell Gage George Barker and Francis de Erdely.
Siamis taught art to thousands of adults in Westchester, where she had a long affiliation with the Westchester Woman’s Club.
Students came from as far as Malibu and Laguna Beach, hoping to sign up for classes.
She received a bachelor’s degree in art with honors at the University of Southern California, did graduate work at USC and attended Chouinard Art Institute and California State College.
She was an academic educator of art at USC and taught at El Camino College, Marlborough School for Girls and the Westchester Adult Education program.
She was also a member of the California Art Club, the Delta Phi Delta Honorary Art Fraternity, the Pacific Art Guild and Artists of the Southwest.
Siamis was born December 12th, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She met her future husband, Gus, while they were students at USC. They were married in Yuma, Arizona May 1st, 1945, just before Gus shipped out to serve in World War II.
The couple celebrated its 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 1st.
In 1950, they worked together building their house in Westchester.
In addition to her husband, Siamis is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Perl and Korby Jonousek, and grandchildren.