Anna Tefft Siok
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1925 - 2010
Anna Tefft Siok passed into eternal rest, 6/3/2010 after a short illness. A graduate of RISD and beloved teacher for over 50 years at Greenwich House Pottery and the 92nd Street Y, she leaves behind many artists influenced by her open teaching style. She was a catalyst, bringing out the best in her students. Her whimsical ceramics, beautiful watercolors and creative collage will continue to inspire. Anna is survived by her sisters, Alice Robinson of Myrtle Beach SC and Betty Palumbo of North Providence, RI. There will be a funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday, 6/10 at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to Greenwich House Pottery, 16 Jones Street, NY or the 92nd Street Y.
Published in New York Times from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2010.
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January 3, 2019
My mother, Kit Mooney went to RISD with Matt and Anna. As a young man I had the opportunity to visit them at their place on the beach in Rhode Island. Anna make quahog chowder from clams that Matt and my Dad and I harvested that day. She sent me home with a little ceramic toad that she had made. I treasure it to this day.
Mark Mooney
May 23, 2011
she will be missed by so many ..
david dickinson
June 28, 2010
Vegetables - from 92nd Street Y Article
Vincent Hayley
June 28, 2010
Magical Habitat 3 - Greenwich House Postcard
Vincent Hayley
June 28, 2010
Magical Habitat 2 - Greenwich House Postcard
Vincent Hayley
June 28, 2010
Magical Habitat 1 - Greenwich House Postcard
Vincent Hayley
June 28, 2010
Mountains - Anne Kraus Collection
Vincent Hayley
June 22, 2010
Astri Delafield
June 22, 2010
Summer Painting
Astri Delafield
June 22, 2010
In Clay Studio
Astri Delafield
June 12, 2010
I remember when I was little and taking road trips to Jamestown RI. with her, my grandmother (her sister Alice), my brother, and mother. She would sit on the beach-side and paint pictures of the ocean and say what a beautiful day it was, as Doug and I would play. She would encourage us to do the best we could when painting or drawing pictures, and she taught me how to paint the ocean. She loved all us kids. She brought out the beauty of many things in life in the way she put them on canvases with her talented paintings. She encouraged her students, family (us kids), and friends to do the same. We will greatly miss her and her talent, and deeply love her forever. WE MISS YOU AUNTIE. Love, Skyler, Alicia, Sarabeth,Paula, and Jason
Paula Sullivan
June 9, 2010
Rabbit - Vincent HayleyCollection
Vincent Hayley
June 9, 2010
Black & White Owl - Astri Delafield Collection
Vincent Hayley
June 9, 2010
Colored Owl - Astri Delafield Collection
Vincent Hayley
June 9, 2010
I met Anna toddling down Remsen Street. She and Matt were the only people I felt comfortable with besides my mom. They were my god parents, in charge of the most important aspect of my education - the adventure of making art and enjoying life. My deepest appreciation, you are missed!
Jenny Apostol
June 8, 2010
Hudson River - November 1998
Vincent Hayley
June 8, 2010
Owl Vase - by Anna - Carley Collection
Vincent Hayley
June 8, 2010
Vase - by Anna
Vincent Hayley
June 8, 2010
Medievalists - by Anna
Vincent Hayley
June 7, 2010
I remember when I was younger going beach combing, drawing pictures & making sea shell jewelry with my Auntie Anna. Her Christmas cards that I'd get from her every year meant so much to me because she made them herself. I will miss & most importantly love you always Auntie.
Faith (Robinson) Stepien
June 7, 2010
I was just thinking of her on sunday as I tore paper for a collage. Even though she was my childhood art teacher, her influence on my art has been life long. Anna, I will miss you very much
Cara Frank R.AC
June 5, 2010
Anna's student Astri with Anna, Dec. 6, 2009
Vincent Hayley
June 5, 2010
I met Anna through my partner who was one of her students at the 92nd Street Y. As I recall, Anna was once asked what was Anna's primary goal in teaching. She paused, and replied, so the story goes, that her aim was to teach creativity, to help people recognize and enjoy creativity within themselves. In that, Anna succeeded again and again from what I have heard from Anna's students, and from works I have seen of Anna and her students. Anna was encouraging, suggesting a pinch here, or a slice and fold there, a splash of color here, a spot of color or lack of color there. Art is, for my partner, fun. Whimsy is permitted, even welcomed. For that, I am forever grateful to Anna. And for Anna's friendship with my partner and me.
Vincent Hayley
June 5, 2010
Dandelion 1970 Anna Tefft Siok
When we first found a space for a tiny gallery in Brooklyn, our real estate agent brought us a package from a Mrs. O'Toole who was moving away with her best wishes for luck in our new venture. It was a 1970 Ink Drawing of a Dandelion by Anna Tefft Siok. The drawing hangs in our office and reminds us of the generosity of strangers and the possibilities of beauty. Thank you Mrs. O'Toole and Miss Siok. This week it is in the window to share it with the world.

Brooklyn Workshop Gallery
Martine Bisagni, Director
Martine Bisagni
June 5, 2010
I WILL ALLWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU AUNTIE ANNA! LOVE, DONNA
DONNA PALOMBO/ LAMBERT
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