Piermont Straus is a gallery and book store celebrating Piermont and the Hudson River Valley, bringing together art and commerce, the present and the past.
We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
LAURA STRAUS founded Piermont Straus Gallery, which opened in 2011. Laura is also the founder and president of two non-profit organizations, the Piermont Chamber of Commerce and Piermont Straus Foundation. Laura was a professional photographer for 25 years, and has published ten photography books with Andrews & McMeel and Hearst Publishers, including A Child’s World. In 2002, she won the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and then went on to teach through a NYFA fellowship at Cornell University. This fellowship allowed her to continue her work documenting the American Family. While working as a photographer, she spent 17 years with the Artists Rights Society (ARS), an organization in Manhattan representing the estates of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, and 65,000+ other artists. During her time at ARS, she eventually served the artist membership in the field of product development for all the Museums of America as well as the commercial licensing in this area. She was the auditor for all royalties received from this client group. She has also worked for Magnum Photos and Abbeville Press. Piermont Straus Foundation has collaborated with the Piermont Chamber of Commerce to initiate a series of public art programs, one of which is Art in the Park, an art fair free to artists that was generously supported by Orange & Rockland Utilities. Forming the new Piermont Chamber of Commerce, after the Village’s mayor, Chris Sanders urged the business community to become more active in the wake of Sandy (the Village of Piermont was profoundly effected by this storm) and becoming an organizer has led to Laura’s involvement with Scenic Hudson and the DEC serving on the board of their Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force. Her new work in the non-profit sector has been aimed at finding public and private funding for issues related to climate change, public arts, and the promotion of tourism in areas of need.
JOHN ALEXANDER is Laura Staus' husband. He is a Private Banker with over 30 years experience in Latin America, Spain, US and Switzerland. John has a degree in French Literature and Philosophy from Oxford University. He is very happy to help with the gallery, and heads up the Piermont Straus Foundation, a capacity builder for other not for profits involved in the Arts, History and Culture across the Hudson Valley.
HILLARY BESON began working with Piermont Straus in December, 2011. Her interest in the arts began at a young age, studying drawing, painting, and photography both in school and at private art classes. In the fall of 2007 Hillary began her next chapter as an artist and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ithaca College. During her undergraduate studies, Hillary studied both studio and art history. Hillary has had internships with the Pomona Cultural Center, the Edward Hopper House Art Center, The Ink Shop, and Art21 Inc. In addition to working at Piermont Straus, Hillary is also a Development Associate with Aperture Foundation in New York City.