JUDY STACH

Website: www.judystach.com

Contact: Judy_Stach@hotmail.com

 

When Judy Stach is not out painting, she can be found working in her garden or walking on the beach. Explains Judy, “Whenever I can, I spend my time outdoors, basking in the light. Where there’s light, there’s life. And like the light, life can be so fleeting. So, I long to capture every moment- the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, the colors.

“That’s why I love painting in Nature. It’s where I feel most alive.”

A lifelong resident of New Jersey and founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Judy’s intimate understanding of life along the shore is reflected in her seascapes and landscapes which come alive with children at play, sailboats breezing by, and gardeners lovingly tending flower.

Judy feels that "every painting has a soul. I look to find the meaning in the work before I begin. In this way I can see the images finished and the composition is understood from the beginning."

Throughout her adult life, Judy has studied with some of America’s finest teachers, including privately with Anthony Ventura and with David Leffel at the Art Students League in New York. In 1998, Judy began studying with classically trained and accomplished artist Timothy R. Thies who introduced her to the world of plein air painting. Timothy and Judy often painted side by side, celebrating the beauty of varied landscapes in New Jersey, Idaho, Vermont, Arizona, and Florida. Over their years of painting together, Timothy and Judy developed a special mentor-student bond. He once said of her work, "Judy Stach’s work is full of color and lively with impressionistic brushwork. Her love of Nature and especially her rendering of water are evident as is her passion for the light that fills her work.”

In July 2011, Judy was selected by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art as the only artist to display her work along side her husband Timothy’s in a show called “A Passion for Light” – a tribute to Timothy’s life and influence as a teacher. Timothy passed away in April of 2010.

In 2003, Judy received a rare invitation from internationally renowned painter Richard Schmid to paint with a group of artists known as the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney and on location in southern Vermont. In May 2009, Judy was one of six nationally recognized artists invited to exhibit her work in “Richard Schmid and His Influence: Childhood Innocence” at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Judy was once asked by Richard what she would paint if she only had time for one more painting and she replied, “Water, filled with reflections of life. Wind to take me wherever I need to go- and light to guide me there.”

Education:
Mount Ida College
Art Student’s League of New York
Scottsdale Artists Schools
Instructors Richard Schmid, David Leffel, Anthony Ventura, and Timothy Thies

Galleries:
West Wind Fine Art, Falmouth, MA
Lambertville Gallery of Fine Art Lambertville, NJ
Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
Fredericks Galleries, Spring Lake, NJ
Veranda Fine Art and Gift Gallery, Fair Haven NJ

Awards:
“The Best of (Florida) Artist Series” (2008)
Bayonet Farms Paint Out (2008)
Artist Magazine Landscape Award 1999

Associations:
American Impressionist Society (Signature Member)
Audobon Artists (Signature Member)
Plein Air Florida (Signature Member)
Salmagundi Club (Artist Member)
Guild of Creative Art (Exhibiting Member)
Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of Chicago (Patron)

 

Collections:
The Parker Clinic – Red Bank, NJ
Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club – Monmouth Beach NJ)
Mount Ida College – Newton MA
PleinAir Magazine Collection of Eric Rhoads
Wilentz Center at Monmouth Medical Center – Long Brach, NJ

Workshops Taught:
Vero Beach Florida Orchid Island, 2008, 2009 2010
Monmouth Beach NJ 2010 & 2011

Publications:
Cape Cod Arts Review of “A Passion for Light" (July/August 2011)
"And Then there was Light," Inside New Jersey Magazine (August 2011)
Jersey Shore Vacation Guide (Summer 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2008)
Plein Air Magazine (Jan 2005)
Monmouth County Magazine (Sept 2004)
MCAC State of the Arts (July 2003)
Commonwealth Courier (Spring 2002)
National Park Service Gateway National Park (2010)
American Art American Art Collector (Sept 2010)
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (Fall 2008), Art Talk Magazine (2006)
Workshop Magazine (Fall 2006)
Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (2002/2012)

Exhibits:
"A Passion for the Light," West Wind Fine Art (July-August 2011)
" Salt Air," Fredericks Galleries (July-August 2011)
"Plein Air and Beyond," Middletown Art Center (2010)
American Impressionist Society 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Nashville TN
"Richard Schmid and His Influence: Childhood Innocence," Salmagundi      Club New York, NY (2009)
"Living the Dream: A 1996 to 2006 Retrospective" Fredericks Galleries (Solo      show, 2006)
Lincoln Center New York NY (1998)
"Florida Invitational," Main Street Galleries Perry FL (2003)
American Impressionist Society 5th Annual Exhibition November (2003)
"Art for Reflection," The Guild of Creative Art (2000)
"Signs of Summer: Judy Stach & Lee Colie Wight" Guild Of Creative Art      Shrewsbury NJ (2003)
American Artists Professional League – New Jersey Chapter (2003)

 

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