Recent Paintings: Jim Haba and Erica Barton Haba

Contact Jane Haw

March 18, 2013

(973) 684-5448




The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present RECENT PAINTINGS by New Jersey artists JIM HABA AND ERICA BARTON HABA. The exhibition will be on view in the Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries at Passaic County Community College from April 6 through May 30, 2013.

A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 4:30– 6:30 p.m. in the Broadway Gallery. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in downtown Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The historic Hamilton Club Building is located at 32 Church Street, a block from the main campus.

Jim Haba and Erica Barton Haba make paintings on paper and ceramic tiles, designed and produced at their studio in Hillsborough, New Jersey.  Both are painters, but their styles and techniques are unique.

A visual artist and a poet, Jim Haba says this about his work, “I think of my work (both as a painter and as a poet) largely in terms of sculpture, music and dance. I ally myself with Robert Frost’s notion of art as ‘a momentary stay against confusion,’ which is most effective when it also feels alive and dynamic.”  Since 1998 his work has focused on painted-paper constructions, combining early experiences of sculpture and cutting paper with a life-long love of color
Jim Haba studied art at Douglass College and at the New York Studio School.  He also earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University and was an English Professor at Rowan University.  Haba designed and produced the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the nation’s largest poetry event from 1986 until his retirement in 2008.  Currently, he makes art in the studio he shares with his wife Erica, exhibits his artworks in various venues, writes poetry and participates in many poetry events in the region.

For as long as she can remember, Erica Haba has been an artist.  She said, “From age eleven at the Art Students League in New York City to the Academia di Belli Arte in Venice this was my special, and indeed only, focus.”  Inspired by her first experience of painted tiles on the floor of a church on the island of Capri, she began making and selling painted tile murals.  Painted from life, the “Sunflower” paintings on paper, included in the show at Passaic County Community College, were sometimes studies for her tile murals.  “Jazz Stripe,” another series of paintings in the exhibit, represents Erica Haba’s life-long interest in abstract design and pure color.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at

The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
The Passaic County Community College Art Galleries strive to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs. Large print materials, FM listening systems, select audio publications and Braille transcriptions are available on request.  Please contact (973) 684-6507 for availability.