New Ferrario dealership features vehicles and art exhibits

BIG FLATS, NY (WETM) — The new Ferrario car dealership located off County Road 64 in Big Flats offers a three-in-one package. You can buy a new car and experience two unique art exhibits.

For Don and Robin Ferrario, bringing this franchise to life has not been easy. In order to build on the land where they wanted to set up their new concession, they first had to buy the houses on it.

“The area [was] known as Fisherville and [had] a lot of residences,” Don Ferrario said. “It was zoned as commercial for a long time and we noticed a lot of houses were vacant. So we knocked on doors, contacted owners and made deals to buy them one by one to consolidate nine individual properties into one to create something big enough to do here.

A house could not simply be demolished.

Martha and Charles Robertshaw married in 1924 and built their home on Fisherville Road. Martha was a self-taught folk artist.

Martha Robertshaw

Charles fell ill and could not leave the house. He couldn’t get out. So Martha brought it to him. In 1942 Martha began painting the interior of the house with her interpretation of the Chemung Valley. She painted the walls, the ceilings and even the closets and bathrooms. His labor of love spanned over a decade. Charles died in 1958.

Ferrario took extreme care in tearing down the walls. They wanted to keep the art because of its history and hang them in the dealership.

In addition to this art, Ferrario has partnered with the Corning Museum of Glass to build a unique piece of art. 466 hand-blown glass pieces hang securely from the ceiling of the concession.

Carl Siglin, a retired employee of the Corning Museum of Glass, said he hoped guests would see two things.

“I hope they appreciate glass, whether it’s opaque, transparent, round or shaped,” Siglin said. “I hope they appreciate that. I hope they appreciate artistic expression. The few people I’ve met over the past year are very quick to say ‘oh wait a minute are the seasons.” It’s winter. It’s spring. Then they start putting the river together, and then the purpose of the tracks comes into play at that time.

To find out the visiting hours of this attraction, you can go to the Ferrario website.

William E. Bennett