The Late Dorothy Strauser
1908 – 2005
“Woman who made History – The Great Monumentalist ”..David Burliuk
Close personal friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Strauser an avid gardener, painter and a well known hooked rug artist, came from Pennsylvania Dutch and English background. She was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on January 27, 1908. While at school she met this young plumber, Sterling Strauser. Sterling Boyd Strauser, later on became one of the United States most celebrated artist, named “Major Impressionist artist -spiritual descendant of Paul Klee”. According to Dorothy, her husband influenced her most in her life. Both Dorothy and Sterling attended Bloomsburg State College under legendary professor and film maker George Keller.
Dorothy passed away in 2005, leaving behind a gorgeous live garden, and exhibitions at New York City and Nashville. Besides her hooked art, Dorothy created watercolor paintings, primary with floral motifs that are cheerful, bright and graceful. Her watercolors show an appreciation for diversity of form and color. She favors flowers as subject matter because they gave her much pleasure. Most of her work is watercolor on handmade thick paper.
In November 1993 Dorothy Strauser was awarded the Annual Award of Distinction by the Folk Art Society of America at Lafayette, Louisiana.