Art was created and blossomed on the banks of the Finley River at the Riverside Inn complex.
The historic Riverside Inn was a local treasure to the people of Christian and Greene counties in Missouri. A wonderful restaurant on the scenic Finley River, located just outside Ozark, MO. Many families’ memories are associated with the quaint restaurant perched on the banks of the Finley. The complex was an Ozarks tradition created by the first owner, Howard Garrison.
Howard Garrison opened and operated the dining room and dance hall in 1923. During his free-time, Howard filled the building with a cache of his impressionistic freestyle paintings and wall accents. His signature style was a flowing, organic decorative romantic art. He had a knack for embellishing the interior walls of the restaurant and his talent enhanced the dining experience. His art took the restaurant to a new level of dining experience.
Howard operated the complex for many years but sold the restaurant in 1970. He died in 1974. Due to continued flooding of the Finley river, the Riverside Inn closed on December 12, 2009 and the building was demolished to make way for a park.
Howard Garrison was a known regional artist whose artwork is still in demand. We have one of his original oil paintings for sale at our gallery. It’s a signed 18 x24 canvas with red and pink flowers. Stop by and take a look and remember those hush puppies and fried chicken.