Barbara Hart’s upbringing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana shaped her artistic path. Pursuing her passions, she delved into art and creative writing, earning her stripes at LSU. As a published poet, her verses found homes in eminent publications like Exquisite Corpse, Southern Poetry Review, Columbia: Review of Poetry and Prose, and Cream City Review. Barbara’s dedication to the arts spanned various roles, from gallery management to fundraising endeavors. A testament to her vision was the successful tenure of Studio Hart Gallery in Buffalo, New York, which flourished for a remarkable decade. During this period, Barbara’s creativity soared, and she discovered her fascination with crafting “little wood people” by drawing on pegs. The demand for her charming creations exceeded 1000 units, reaching art lovers across the United States and internationally, from Australia to Denmark, and from Japan to the United Kingdom.
This artistic journey, along with years of immersion in the art scene, propelled Barbara to fully explore her creative potential. She ventured into crafting figurines from wood, which garnered recognition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Art In Craft juried exhibition in 2015, 2017, and 2021. Barbara also discovered her knack for painting, receiving acclaim for her artwork in notable showcases like the Contemporary Portraiture group invitational at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Additionally, her talent shone bright at exhibitions such as Made In New York 2020 and 2023 at the Schweinfurth Art Center, where she was honored with a gold medal in the Buffalo Society of Artists Annual Catalog Exhibition of 2022.
Ever an active participant in the artistic community, Barbara Hart continues to support and engage with various arts events at esteemed venues like the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo Artist Studios, and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. She proudly stands as an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, leaving her mark on the vibrant arts scene.