During your next visit to Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream in downtown Geneva, patrons will be able to enjoy that sweet treat in the two decorated “friendship chairs” on the patio.
Last year, the City’s International Cultural Exchange Committee approached Graham’s about painting Adirondack chairs to highlight the committee’s mission and Geneva’s partner city Croissy-sur-Seine in France. With the blessing from Graham’s, the committee sponsored a painting design contest titled “Chaises d’Amitie / Friendship Chairs” with Geneva High School’s National Art Honor Society students.
The double chair design, a combination of two submissions from junior Lydia Kelly and senior Molly Carlson, represents international friendship with hands reaching out around the world.
The single-chair winner was from junior Maddelena Baggio, who painted a 13th century chapel of St. Leonard in Croissy-sur-Seine.
The students painted at home during the winter, and the chairs were officially unveiled on Graham’s patio in May. Pictured in the photo were Graham’s General Manager Bonnie Pechous, Lydia Kelly, Geneva High School Art Teacher Megan Kelly, and Baggio. Carlson was unable to attend.
The City of Geneva would like to thank the International Cultural Exchange Committee, Graham’s Chocolates, teacher Megan Kelly, and the students who turned this project into a reality.