Kate Hart (b. 1982) is an artist, poet, author and activist. Born and raised in Southern NJ, her interest in art started from a very young age. She studied Liberal Arts and Literature at Cumberland County College where she excelled and was part of the Honor's Society. She later advanced her studies under her art instructor, Meganne Peck. She went on to Harvard University to study Art History and Literature. She is also a proud mother of four gifted, spirited, and wonderful children. The love and support of her husband, friends, and family are what push her to keep exploring herself and seeking out new creative adventures.
Most of Kate's paintings are acrylic based, bringing both light and dark subject matter to life in an abstract or semi abstract setting. Advancing her use of mixed media, Kate specializes in the unique craft of Rose Petal art.
She draws her artistic inspiration from her raw and organic poetry, as well as the people in her life, past and present, which have touched her deeply to create whimsical, passionate pieces that are bold and edgy. She is a story teller in many forms.
Kate has also expanded her talents and entered the world of jewelry making! All her pieces are hand made and one of kind!
She is also a published author.
December 2012, Kate was featured as artist of the month at Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare in Millville N.J.
July 2013, Kate's artwork was the featured window display for the month at Bogart's Books and Cafe in Millville, N.J.
July 19th, 2013, partnering with Meganne Peck, Kate's art studio/steam punk accessory store, An Abstract Hart and Paj Design's, opened in the Village on High in the Millville Art District.
September 2013, Kate was featured as artist of the month, along with business partner Meganne Peck, at Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare in Millville, N.J.
October 5th, 2013, Kate's studio took part in The Art District Glass Town Studio Tour, being one of only 24 artists featured in the area.
October 18-Nov 9th, 2013, Kate's painting Freak Show was selected to be featured in 'The Seven Deadly Sins' Art Exhibit at The Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, N.J..
August 19th, 2014, Kate was chosen to be 1 out of only 50 artists in the NJ/PA/NY areas selected to be featured at the largest Underground Art Show in Philadelphia, The Philly Pancake and Booze Art Show. She displayed a 6 piece collection and painted live for the event.
October 2014, Kate and her business partner Meganne Peck moved into a private studio in Vineland, N.J., still maintaining the name, An Abstract Hart and Paj Designs.
November 2014, Kate was asked by Cumberland County College to be a guest on the TV show Insights, host by Professor Kevin McGarvey. The interview was run 3 times a day for 4 week on chanel 9 (and is fully available on YouTube), discussing her art career and her home town small businesses.
November 2014, An Octopus' Garden, a N.J. Art District business, asked Kate to feature and exclusively sell her hand made jewelry.
December 2014, Kate was a featured artist of the month at Wild Flower Earthly Fare in Millville, N.J.
Feb 11, 2015, Kate was a featured artist at 'PRESENT' hosted by RAW Philadelphia at the Trocadero Theatre, showing a full collection of her artwork and hand made jewelry.
Feb 2015, Kate was a featured artist at An Octopus' Garden in Millville, N.J.
March 2015, Kate's paintings 'Freak Show' and 'Searching' were featured iat the Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville N.J. for An Octopus' Garden's display.
June 2015, Kate was a featured artist at The Philadelphia Pancake and Booze art show at the Underground Art Ceter in Philadelphia.
January 2016, Kate opened her own private studio, An Abstract Hart Studio, in Vineland, NJ.
In 2016 Kate was approved to head a restoration project of the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center's 40 year old Totem Pole, which upon completion, will be put into the Glass Town Art District in Millville.
June 2016, Kate returned to the Philadelphia Pancakes and Booze Art Show at the Underground Art Center as a featured artist and vendor.
July 2016, Kate was the featured artist of the month at Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare in Millville, NJ.
November 2016, Kate was a featured artist for RAW at The Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.
January 2017, Kate returned to the Philadelphia Pancakes and Booze Art Show at the Underground Arts Center as a featured artist and vender.
June 2017, Kate was the featured artist of the month at An Octopus' Garden at The Village on High in Millville, NJ, along side her neice Kati Nardone.
Sept 2017, Kate returned t the Philadelphia Pancakes and Booze Art Show at the Undergrounf Arts Center as a featered artist and vender.
October 2017, Kate signed a contract with Red Dashboard LLC Publishing, and her first book, 'Pieces of An Abstract Hart' is scheduled for release in March of 2018.
December 2017, Kate's poem 'Monsters' was selected to be in the 2018 anthology of Moving Beyond Mars -a Voice for Victims/Survivors of Abuse, by Red Dashboard LLC Publishing.
January 2018, Kate was a featured artist at the Philadelphia Pancake and Booze art show at the Underground Arts Center.
Feb-March 2018, Kate's paintings, 'Miscarraige' and 'Song of Myself' were featured in the 'Being Human' exhibit at the Riverfront Renassiance Center for the Arts in Millville NJ.
Feb 18, 2018, Kate was the featured poet of the month for the Poetry on High group at Bogarts Books and Cafe in Millville.
Feb 23rd, 2018, Kate's first book, 'Pieces of an Abstract Hart', was released by Red Dashboard Pubishing LLC. (Book readings and signings scheduled throughout the year. )
Future excitement -
(See Events and News page for details)
Currently NelaBooks.com has a book in the works that will feature 25 artists from the North East of the US. Kate has been honored to be one of the artists they selected! She will receive a chapter about her in the book, and several photos of her work will be included. Upon it's release, will include a Gallery Showing in Philadelphia for all 25 artist.
(Professional Photo Credits: Michelle Berti)