Karen’s love affair with Tarot began 15 years ago on a sultry summer’s night at Cafe Dolce Vita on Providence’s renowned Federal Hill when a friend offered her an impromptu card reading. Instantly enamored, she began offering readings to her friends as often as her time allowed and developed a well deserved reputation for being a forthright Tarot reader with street smarts in spades and a delightfully witty disposition. Karen’s entrepreneurial destiny began to unfold when her father, a well-traveled marketing executive, observed his daughters offbeat talent and encouraged her to earn a livelihood as a professional Tarot reader,boldly proclaiming that “he had never met a broke ass fortune teller”.Since then, this self styled “tarotpreneur” has unabashedly parlayed her love of Tarot into an ever burgeoning Tarot empire that includes a bustling private practice on Providence’s East Side, a handful of innovative local events, and an impressive client and event list that includes: Shamrock Financial, The American Cancer Society. The Women’s Council of Realtors, Salon Bar Providence,The Wayland Business Association, Mary Kay, Silpada Jewelry, The Children’s Wish Group of Rhode Island, Flicker International Film Festival Taste of The Hill, and more. Karen’s work has been featured in several regional publications such as RI Local Magazine, Brown University’s College Hill Independent, and Providence Monthly. She is also the creator of an acclaimed Tarot course “Tarot on Your Feet” which features Tarot oriented adaptations of improvisational acting games and was featured in the Providence Monthly’s “PM Experiment” in December of 2012. Ms. Bentley is also a member in good standing with the American Tarot Association.
Karen received a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from Roger Williams University and a Masters Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She received a certificate in Basic Mediation from the Community Center of Rhode Island, and is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and Level II Reiki Practitioner. Karen participated in acting and improv classes for professional development at Providence’s Perishable theater that culminated with an uncanny opportunity to audition for, and accept a lead role in a staged reading of “Dirty Little Black Girls” at Brown University’s prestigious “Africana Film Festival” under NYC director Michael Goldfried in April of 2010. Karen also participated in a community production of Eve Ansler’s Vagina Monologues, as well as reading of “Any One of Us”
Karen lives in Providence with her Exotic Persian cat “Kimora”, is a lifelong learner, and enjoys baking, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends and cutting silhouette profiles in her spare time. She is rumored to have a ferocious sweet tooth and a fascination with 70’s blaxploytation star Pam Grier.