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Saddling Wild Horse, by Otis Dozier. Worthington National Bank Collection. Opposite page: From top to bottom, the lobby of the Worthington National
Bank, First State Bank of Uvalde lobby, and Torch Collection gallery. Images provided by WNB, Corky Collins, and Torch Energy.
Without a doubt, the animal trophy mounts hung on the
walls and the preponderance of Western and Texas art, a
personal favorite of the Governor, help reinforce that image.
Each year more than 6,000 people visit what has become
one of Uvalde's landmark destinations. "Tour groups call
regularly to schedule a guided visit, and people from all over
walk in just to see the art and interior design," Dillard says.
One of the highlights of these employee-guided tours is One
to Go by B.R. Garvin, a popular female painter of historical
frontier themes. Depicting a railroad station, the piece's visual-
ly-compelling train tracks seem to come towards the observer
regardless of the angle from which it is viewed.
The interior of the First State Bank of Uvalde is one-
of-a kind, to be sure, but what makes this financial insti-
tution stand out is the legacy that the Briscoe Collection
represents. Janey Briscoe's creative vision was to welcome
customers and visitors with the long-standing tradition of
Texas hospitality that she and her husband embraced-one
that FSBU employees continue to emulate.
Worthington National Bank Art Collection
At Worthington National Bank, people often walk in for
no other reason than to peruse the art on display at the four
WNB locations: Fort Worth/Sundance Square, Arlington/
Main Street, Arlington/Border Street, and Colleyville. The
art exhibited at each WNB location is a purposeful mix of
paintings from historic artists and works of current Texas
artists. "This is a nice way to not only preserve the past but
also to support today's art community," says Greg Morse,
CEO and founding member of this locally-owned business.
The Sundance Square branch features a 17-foot long mu-
ral by Fort Worth artist Emily Guthrie Smith, which was
salvaged from a fire that destroyed a 1950's local landmark,
the Western Hills Hotel in 1968. A series of five paint-
ings created in 1912 by Western artist Raymond Everett is
among the pieces on display in Colleyville. This branch also
features 12 reproduction historic Texas flags, specifically in-
stalled for the benefit of field trips from a nearby elementary
school. According to CEO Morse, when the bank acquired
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