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The Art Original-ly Gallery, 3911 Central Ave., is offering a new monthly series, First Thursdays Trunk Shows, starting in February.

The new monthly event series allows interested students or purveyors of the arts to speak one-on-one with local artists, a news release said.

Each first Thursday of the month, one of the gallery's local talents will dedicate their day, in 30-minute time slots, to answering questions, sharing insights, and just discussing passion and techniques on various art topics, it said.

Time slots can be reserved at no charge via Eventbrite, and "you will receive the artist's full personal attention during a private 30-minute session at The Art Original-ly Gallery in Hot Springs."

The first two Trunk Shows will feature local husband-and-wife duo Rick and Kelly VanHook.

"The VanHooks share a passion for color and bold texture. Together they share their experiences and memories with others through their paintings," the release said.

Kelly VanHook will be featured on Feb. 4. Her architectural influence "comes from her real estate background -- you can see its inspiration in her works." Visit for reservation information.

Rick VanHook will be featured on March 4. "Rick VanHook's bold abstract works combine shape and texture in unexpected ways," the release said.

Visit for reservation information.

"Join us for these unique events and come see all the wonderful talent Arkansas has to offer," the release said.

The Art Original-ly Gallery in Hot Springs offers works of art and photography by Arkansas artists including Buddy Whitlock, Rick VanHook, Kelly VanHook, and Tim Donar.

The gallery is locally owned and operated. Call 501-508-9957 for more information.

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