Artists at the Bank
The classic architecture of the building creates a wonderful backdrop with high ceilings, wood paneling, chair rail moldings and simple details. The owners, Linda and Lynn Hayes are happy to share their sense of "dining in a gallery" featuring local artists as much as possible. Ask your server about the art and the artist featured in each dining room. Most of the work is available for purchase.
Lobby and First Floor Hallway - Aaron Christensen
While Aaron is not a New River Valley artist, his graphic sense was the perfect styling for our lobby and a fun contrast to the classic architecture.
From Mid-century Americana and classic British rock to Hollywood's golden age, the vintage pop art of Aaron Christensen is a perfect fit for the lobby and hallway of The Bank. His mix of style, color, design and fun, this collection of eye-catching art blends charming nostalgia with fashionable flair.
Aaron Christensen lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest, where he has been creating art, illustration, design, furniture, props and murals since 1997. He often expresses his creativity in themes, exploring different genres of art or popular culture and using the history, images, and charm of the period to inspire new works. His signature art style is multi-layered and distressed yet he has enjoyed recent forays into interpreting subjects in more graphic methods.
These works are owned by The Bank Food and Drink-please inquire if you wish to purchase a piece.
At the beginning of 2006 she was able to allocate enough extra time from her job to focus on her own style of art, and as of the start of 2008 is a full time artist.
Walt Hewes, Newport, VA
Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy and now living in Newport, VA, Walt spends his time traveling the region and it's natural surroundings. He uses his remarkable talent in pastel, pencil and watercolor to create both sweeping overviews of the local scenery as well as details of the structures, bridges, and natural landmarks that are around every bend along our country roads.
Walt's work can be found at Miller Off Main Street Galleries and in private collections throughout the Mid Atlantic states in Blacksburg. These pieces are available for purchase.
The Boardroom - Margaret Cogswell, New York City, NY
Meeting Margaret in 2006 was pure fate when she connected with Linda at the Inn at Riverbend as she began her research of the New River. They have remained friends and The Bank is honored to have the first images of the New River Fugues on display.
Margaret Cogswell is a mixed-media installation artist residing in New York. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2007,1993) and Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants (1987,1991).
Since 2003, the main focus of Cogswell's work is an ongoing project exploring the increasingly politicized role of water. RIVER FUGUES is a series of mixed- media projects utilizing the musical structure of a fugue as a conceptual point of departure in the creation of installations exploring the interdependency of people, industry and rivers. Cogswell has been researching and developing a series of New River Fugues since 2006. These will emerge in local establishments along the New River over the next 3-5 years.
RIVER FUGUES began in Cleveland, Ohio with Cuyahoga Fugues (2003). This led to other commissioned river projects including Hudson Weather Fugues (Wave Hill, NYC 2005); Buffalo River Fugues (Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY 2006); River Fugues (Brussels, Belgium; Monaco; Chicago Field Museum 2007-09) and Mississippi River Fugues (Art Museum, Memphis, Tennessee 2008). Wyoming River Fugues will be a solo exhibition in September 2012 at the Art Museum, University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Cogswell's professional career has also included teaching studio art at the Purchase College School of Art and Design of the State University of New York; Rhode Island School of Design; Kansas City Art Institute; Parsons School of Design in New York and Kanazawa, Japan, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Cogswell is a member of Mapping Spectral Traces (www.mappingspectraltraces.org) and an associate member of PLaCE Research Center at the University of Western England Bristol.
For more information about Margaret's work, visit: www.margaretcogswell.net. Two of these pieces are available for purchase.
Located right off the lobby, the Gallery is a sampling of life in historic downtown Pearisburg and Giles County since 1870. The Courthouse just across the street figures prominently in most images since it is one of the oldest courthouses in Southwest Virginia.
Checks, bank notes and a depository bag are some of the items given to us to remind us of the restaurant's beginnings as a bank. One check for fifty cents purchased a pair of shoes from Shelton Hardware Store located nearby.
Susan V. Lockwood, Radford, VA
Linda and Lynn met Susan in Roanoke during one of their early visits in 2002 to the New River Valley when Inn at Riverbend was under construction. They have traveled with Susan and her husband, Robert, in Wyoming, watching Susan capture the national parks through her lens. Much of her work focuses on outdoor images including scenes from the Bank of the river, which is what is shown in the Chocolate Room.
Susan V. Lockwood's work has been shown in national juried exhibitions in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. In awarding her first place, the juror of a regional show commented, "Her photographs combine technical skill and a fine eye to create formally interesting compositions strong enough to evoke intense and lasting emotional responses from a variety of viewers."
Select awards include:
2nd Place/ All Art, Art Affair (Richmond, VA) 
1st Place Photography, Bath County Art Show 
Artist Grant, Photo-Essay, Railroad Passenger Stations, Arts Council of the Blue Ridge
1st Place/All Art, Art on the Market (Blacksburg, VA)  2nd Place 
1st Place Photography, Lynchburg Art Festival (Lynchburg, VA) 
1st Place/All Fine Art, National Juried Show, Art on the Square (Williamsburg, VA)  2nd Place 
Best in Show/All Art, Carnegie Hall's Season of Color (Lewisburg, WV)  
1st Place/Photography & 5th Place/All Art, Whalehead Art Show (Corolla, NC) 
1st Place, B&W Photography, Alleghany Highlands Exhibition (Clifton Forge, VA) 
1st Place Photography Award, Art Affair (Richmond, VA) 
Paul Ostaseski Memorial Award, Roanoke Sidewalk Show (Roanoke, VA) 
Best in Show/Photography, Art By the James (Buchanan, VA) 
Purchase Award, Realism National Juried Show, Fine Arts Center (Parkersburg, WV)
Judge's Choice, Art on the Half Shell (Urbanna, VA) 
Judge's Choice, Fall Foliage Festival (Waynesboro, VA) 
1st Place/All Art, Fincastle Art Show (Fincastle, VA) 
Permanent Collections:McGuire Woods, LLP, Richmond, VA; Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg, VA; Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Roanoke, VA; Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA; Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley, Pulaski, VA
Her photography has been featured in sixteen solo exhibitions, including Radford University's Gallery 205. Her work may be found online at gallery108.biz and artscounciloftheblueridge.org. Additionally her work may be viewed at Left Bank Gallery (Dove Canyon, CA); Outer Banks Style, (Corolla, NC); and Gallery 108 (Roanoke, VA). She may be contacted at 408 Eighth Street, Radford, VA 24141 (540-639-5982).
Each signed, limited edition photograph is framed using acid-free mat and backing along with Nielsen metal frames.
These photographs are available for purchase.
Lobby-Gwen and Tallman McBride, Roanoke, VA
Tallman’s philosophy brought about by growing up with meager resources is to use everything to it fullest extent. Living in Miami, Florida, influenced his artwork in that the rapid influx of South American culture gives his art a unique flavor. Moving later to Roanoke, Virginia, Tallman's work continues to be influenced by his passion to repurpose found objects.
Gwen grew up surrounded by artwork in that her father, Ned Moulton, is a well-known Miami artist. She starting going to art shows when she was eight. With an amazing eye for color, Gwen feels has a gift of being able to recognize true talent and believes her husband is one of today's most gifted artists. His ability to take found objects, cut them up and manipulate them into a piece of art work will never cease to amaze her. One of the biggest joys in her life is to be surrounded by his creations. Gwen glazes the ceramic pieces that Tallman creates.
Bob Candelieri, Pearisburg, VA
Bob Candelieri has painted in watercolors, mixed media and pen and ink for over fifty years. In the 1960's, he attended The California College of Arts and Drafts and was mentored by Elizabeth Keeting and Jade Fon who were nationally known watercolor artists of the time. Candelieri studied and helped start the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California. In 1968, he joined the United State Army and traveled extensively, starting a lifetime of travel.
After the army, her entered the textile busines, enabling him to paint, travel and show his work in Europe and the United States In 1973, he moved to Giels County with his wife, Linda Morris, who was born and raised here. They have one son, Bobby, who graduated from Virginia Tech. Retiring in 2008, he has come to love the mountains, rivers and the serenity of Giles County.
At this time, Candelieri's paintings are represented by The Arlington Art Experience in the Washington, DC area.