Former Detroiters with a passion for art.
Steve started his career as a fine jeweler in 1977, the same year he met me. After many years of honing his craft, he felt the urge to create larger pieces of metal. At that time, our young daughter collected perfume bottles. Steve decided to create one for her himself the only way he knew how out of metal for Christmas. It seemed to flip a switch for Steve and he began a second career. He created his own metalsmithing line and traveled around the country doing fine art shows for years.
I’ve always been passionate about Art and Architecture, particularly in my hometown of Detroit. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Wayne State University and began working on a masters in Historical Preservation. In the meantime, to put our money where our mouth was, we purchased an architecturally beautiful home, desperately in need of love and attention. It took 6 months to bring it up to code so we could even move in. From there, it was one room at a time and took 2 ½ years to complete. But in the end, we had the house of our dreams (complete with maid’s quarters—not that we ever had a maid!) in a neighborhood on the National Registry of Historic Places.
We loved our home and our neighbors for 12 years. Then Covid hit.
We decided it was time to head East and moved to Corning, New York to be near our daughter and son-in-law. Fortunately, the historic Glass Menagerie building had come on the market. We immediately knew it was meant for us and began another renovation project. This is the last one!
We never looked back.
If you visit our gallery, you may encounter other members of our small family. All of them are rescues.
Lizzie is our grand Tabby Maine Coon. Orphaned as a kitten and raised by a retired police dog, she runs our household but takes a backseat when it comes to the gallery.
Koosch is our loveable, kittenish, and most cat-like feline. Her brown/ beige coloring camouflaged her in our backyard. We eventually found out she was NOT a squirrel and brought her inside. The rest is history.
In the interest of inclusivity, I must mention our grand dog, Archie. He’s a big, loveable puppy who visits from time to time.
But you may ask—who is BedCat? This was our wonderful son-in-law and resident photographer’s cat. Bedford, named for the avenue in Brooklyn he was found on, has sadly passed on, but his legacy lives on.
We look forward to introducing you to our gallery, our eclectic collection of art and gifts, and to becoming a part of this community.