Traversing Three Themes


January 4, 2010

Contact: Jane Haw
Telephone: (973) 684-5448



In celebration of Black History Month the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present TRAVERSING THREE THEMES: Woman’s Struggle, Lace Doilies and Paper Dolls, and Victorian Legacy, paintings by New Jersey artist NETTE FORNÉ THOMAS.  The three themes will be on view in the Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries from January 30 through February 27, 2010.   

The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in the downtown historic district of 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 Hamilton Club Gallery is located at 32 Church Street a block from the main campus.

A reception for the artist will be held in the Broadway Gallery on Thursday, February 11, 
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Nette Forné Thomas’s art has evolved from genre drawings and paintings of familial and maternal representations to thematic works about women’s roles and societal status using  multiple positions of the female figure pulling and tugging.   Created with watercolor inks on scratchboard, figures combined with symbols and patterns resembling lace resulted in a series that symbolically evoked the dualities of strength and delicacy, simplicity and complexity, intellectual order and emotional impact.  Thomas’s work with figures and symbols weaving in and out of lacy environments, painted and incised on clay board, was expanded to create her Victorian Legacy series, which will be presented in vintage oval frames at the Hamilton Club Gallery.

Thomas’s art has been exhibited widely in major African-American shows, on College campuses and in regional museums.  These include the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Newark Museum , the Women Artist Series at Douglas College, as well as exhibits at Trenton State College, New Jersey City University, Seton Hall University and Rutgers University.

Nette Thomas was employed by the Newark Board of Education as an art educator and administrator for thirty-six years.  Since her retirement, she is a full-time artist and serves on the Board of Directors at the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center in Maplewood, NJ, The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University and the Pen and Brush in New York City.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at  
The Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State 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.