Owning their own art business was far from their dreams when Andy and Rose Famellette met at SUNY Oswego in 1995.  Andy finished SUNY Oswegowith a BA in Education and Rose a BA in Art.  Married in 1998, they moved to Rochester NY.  Andy to start a teaching job and Rose to start the interpreting program at RIT's National Institution for the Deaf.   In life, things don't always turn out as planned. Rose took a job in education,  Andy went back to automotive service and later spent time as a metal fabricator.

In 200l the first spoon flower blossomed from a discarded spoon on the ground.
  At the time of the blossoming the idea of The Salvage Gallery was already on its way.  The Salvage Gallery was started based on the idea of making use of what others no longer considered useful.  The outlet for this was a rented booth at a flea market in Rochester NY were they would sell used and reconditioned items.

In 2002 they bought  a house with a small 1950's detached garage, little did they know that
the little garage was going to play a part in the changing of The Salvage Gallery as we know it today.  This change came in 2006 when stainless flatware sculptures became the focus of their business and that little garage became their studio. Andy's passion for giving everything a "second chance" and Rose’s passion for  “art’ has led them on this creative path.  Andy is still amazed he can make a living out of “welding spoons together” and Rose never thought  “ power tools were in her future”. Since 2008 they have been self employed full time, selling at art festivals in New York.

 

Andy & Rose circa 2007

Andy & Rose circa 2007

Rose makes sparks fly !

Rose makes sparks fly !

Andy at his welding station

Andy at his welding station