in the gallery
Surrounded by Strausers by Bernadette Rymes | photography by Jerry Atnip
ocal gallery owner Nina Kuzina welcomes the work of a historic American painter to her Nashville boutique.
Kuzina is hosting a special show of works by Sterling Strauser (1907– 1995). The artist hailed from small-town Pennsylvania, and his work became a staple in the holdings of Nashville’s Lyzon Gallery through the continued support and patronage of Lyzon founder Myron King. Recently, Kuzina and Ron King talked about the scores of Strauser paintings that are now available to the public, sharing the story behind the collection with Nashville Arts Magazine. King explains that his father developed a friendship with David Berliuk, a neighbor of his parents in New England. It was through his relationship with Berliuk that Myron King became a supporter of Strauser. King relates, “Berliuk found Sterling and said isn’t it wonderful to find this man in this quaint little village. At the time, Strauser was an office manager in a boiler works.” Both Berliuk and
Sterling Strauser, Red Bud, 1989, 48" x 24"
Sterling Strauser, The Burliuks, 1955, 20" x 24" 46 | September 2O12 NashvilleArts.com