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Hilary Hunt rejoined Fox 16 as a reporter and our sister station KARK as a weekend anchor in Sept. 2018 after two years away from Little Rock to anchor

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Art dealers look for new business models as retail galleries falter

Few retail experiences are more intimidating than walking into an art gallery. The rooms are typically quiet, and most afternoons a solitary attendant sits before a computer screen. I feel intimidated when I enter these galleries, and I’ve been collecting original artwork for more than 30 years.

Most people love art; they just don’t know how to buy it. They’ve never heard of most artists, don’t trust their taste, or, they think art should appreciate, and they worry it will not.

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The days of intimidating galleries, though, are coming to an end. Brick-and-mortar art dealers face the same challenges as any other retailer. Online competition and direct sales are growing, throttling the old business model.

“People are collecting in different ways. Art fairs have impacted it, as well as people feeling like they’ve experienced an exhibition because they’ve seen it on social media,” Arturo Palacios, a Houston-area dealer, told me. “We decided to try to shift the model.”

Palacios has dealt art for more than 22 years, owning the Art Palace galleries in Houston and Austin. Hilary Hunt started at Art Palace in 2011, but in January 2018, they co-founded a new venture called Deasil to experiment with new ways of selling art across Texas.

“The gallery model is very old, and it was started by and for people whom I don’t relate too,” Hunt said. “This is not a hobby for us; we are operating a business. We’re trying to curate shows and create experiences that other people want to be a part of.”

Palacios and Hunt represent both established and emerging artists who have steady careers but are not household names. I have bought several works from their Houston gallery over the past decade. Now they are itinerant art-slingers, with a new motto: Following the Sun.

“Rather than fill the same space with 20 different artists over a two-year span, we’re trying to find spaces that make sense for the work and time it so that we’re avoiding the slow seasons,” Palacios explained.

Deasil took over the 10th floor of the River Oaks Bank Building to show works by Robyn O’Neil, an artist who lived in Houston for years. Space showed off her large-scale graphite drawings against Houston’s skyline. Hunt said the unconventional gallery made it more comfortable for visitors to enjoy the work and strike up a conversation.

In San Antonio, Deasil took over the studio of Cruz Ortiz for a Sunday afternoon Tejano party, which included live music from Flaco Jimenez and his band. “It was a highlight of my career, being able to experience art in that kind of way,” Palacios said. “My parents and aunts and uncles, we were dancing in his studio, and we sold some work.”

Deasil has also shown other three-to-four-week exhibitions in established galleries and art festivals in Dallas and Austin. Palacios and Hunt are purposeful about which artists they put in what venue and think about when will maximize the chance of selling to new and old collectors alike.

Hilary Hunt Biography

Hilary Hunt rejoined Fox 16 as a reporter and our sister station KARK as a weekend anchor in Sept. 2018 after two years away from Little Rock to anchor for our sister stations KNWA and Fox 24 in Fayetteville.

Hilary Hunt Education

She’s a graduate of Mississippi State and a former standout volleyball player.

Hilary Hunt Career

Hilary Hunt rejoined Fox 16 as a reporter and our sister station KARK as a weekend anchor in Sept. 2018 after two years away from Little Rock to anchor for our sister stations KNWA and Fox 24 in Fayetteville.

Before that, Hilary had been a general assignment reporter with us.

Over the last four years in Arkansas, Hilary’s work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award. She’s covered major stories like the 2014 Mayflower-Vilonia tornado, the murder of beloved realtor Beverly Carter, and firings of Jeff Long and Bret Bielema.

Before coming to Arkansas, Hunt worked as an anchor/reporter in Monroe, Louisiana. She’s a graduate of Mississippi State and a former standout volleyball player.

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Hilary Hunt to Become KARK Weekend Anchor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release) — Hilary Hunt will rejoin the KARK news team later this summer as weekend anchor.

For the last two years, Hunt has served as an anchor for sister stations KNWA and Fox24 in Fayetteville. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter for KARK and Fox16.

This new position feels like a homecoming of sorts…

“I’m thrilled to be able to come back and serve the amazing people of Central Arkansas,” Hunt said. “For many reasons, the capital city and surrounding communities hold a special place in my heart. I’m so lucky to be rejoining a team I consider family.”

“Two years ago, Hilary made the decision to head to Northwest Arkansas in an effort to sharpen her anchoring skills,” said KARK News Director Austin Kellerman. “She vowed to return one day, and I’m proud she lived up to that goal. She’s maintained strong relationships in Central Arkansas and should immediately fit right in.”

Over the last four years in Arkansas, Hunt’s work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow award. She’s covered major stories like the 2014 Mayflower-Vilonia tornado, the murder of beloved realtor Beverly Carter, and firings of Jeff Long and Bret Bielema.

Before coming to Arkansas, Hunt worked as an anchor/reporter in Monroe, Louisiana. She’s a graduate of Mississippi State and a former standout volleyball player.

Hunt replaces Victoria Price — who will transfer to sister-station WFLA in Tampa, Florida early next month.

You’ll see Hilary on KARK-TV shortly after Labor Day.

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