Featured Art

SCHERENSCHNITTE

The story behind the art on our packaging

Paper cutting has been around since the 16th century. Different cultures have different names and different styles. In Switzerland, it is called scherenschnitte, German for “scissor cuts.” This traditional art involves cutting symmetrical shapes of paper to depict scenes of the Swiss countryside.

Scherenschnitte is the feature of our packaging. The art reflects the heritage of the Bollier family and our many longtime employees who strive to bring the same precision and beauty to chocolate making. Elements of our various scherenschnitte patterns (such as the Swiss flag, a chalet, edelweiss, the three generations, an alphorn, a chef  + animals that help to create or harvest our ingredients) can be seen in various forms on the packaging of our products.

Can you find them?

 

Learn about the creation of the design here.

ART EXHIBITS

André’s Café 
5018 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Since we opened in 1955, André's has been a dedicated supporter of the arts in our community. We are excited to now have a space in which local artists can display and sell their work. Please visit our store to see the pieces now on display. More information can be found below.

CURRENT EXHIBIT
Artist: Royal Scanlon
Exhibit: November - February


About the Artist:
 
Royal’s involvement in the creative process started early in life. Nurtured by his mother, a gifted artist in her own right, he developed a talent for capturing on paper images of the symmetrical beauty his mind perceived: drawing, painting and creating collages and murals with ever-increasing proficiency. His immersion in the arts took an abrupt turn in the early sixties. Like many of his generation, he became totally fascinated with the art of music and began focusing almost all of his creative energies on singing, songwriting, and mastering the twelve-string guitar. For the last 15 years, Royal has immersed himself in the photographic arts, both straight photography as well as a melding of it with his graphics and collage-making skills -- a melding he refers to as “Composite Imaging -- Photo-Graphic Art.”
See him on Facebook at Royal Scanlon Image Compositing

 

GREETING CARDS

Available in-store and online

Ivanna Ellworth is a local Kansas City artist and designer who specializes in watercolor painting and color pencil/marker illustrations. Her popular watercolor paintings of André's pastries and tea cookies that were previously on exhibit in our café are now available as greeting cards! Click here to purchase.


SWISS ART

André’s Tea Room
5018 Main Street 
Kansas City, MO 64112
A permanent art display can be found in our tea room. The pieces are surrounded by antique Swiss artifacts including flags from the various cantons of Switzerland and a chalet, custom built by André himself. The artists and their associated pieces are listed below in the order in which they can be seen as you enter the tea room and transport yourself to the land of Switzerland. 

Arch Unruh
A longtime regular customer and retired Hallmark artist, Mr. Unruh generously gifted a serious of pieces to André’s that proudly hang in the entrance to our tea room. Each are based on photographs that his wife took during trips to Switzerland.

Jean Tinguely
A Swiss artist and favorite of second generation, Marcel Bollier. This 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival poster piece greets you as you make your way to our tea room restrooms. The print, in an original metal frame, is signed by the Swiss artist himself.

Jason Pollen
Probably the most asked about piece is "Banquet for André" which includes depictions of several of André's signature desserts. This large silk fiber art piece, which hangs on the wall in the center of our tea room, was created by longtime Bollier family friend and former Kansas City Art Institute professor, Jason Pollen. Jason created the piece in honor of André after his passing.

Alois Carigiet
These signed lithographs adorn the wall in the back of the tea room and are from a series of 7 that were all signed by the Swiss artist and then sold as a set by his family after he passed in 1985. 

 

FOYER SCULPTURE

André’s entrance
5018 Main Street 
Kansas City, MO 64112
"Interdependency" was sculpted by Richard "Dick" Bergen and purchased in 1986 by Marcel Bollier in memory of his father and founder of André's, André Bollier.


**Some photos can be seen on our André's Art Facebook photo album page**