LONG BRANCH, NJ, April 8, 2014 – Critically-acclaimed local artist Judy Stach today unveiled an extraordinary gift to Family & Children’s Service — an original oil painting of the iconic Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the eastern and western shores of the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Judy created the modern, impressionistic painting specifically for the agency’s 2014 fall fundraising Gala, Blue Danube taking place Saturday, October 25th at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ. The artwork will be auctioned off during the fundraiser’s silent auction and an image of the painting will be used in Gala invitations and promotional materials.

JUDY STACH PAINTS "BLUE DANUBE" FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS“We are thrilled and honored to have an artist of Judy’s caliber create such an extraordinary work of art for the benefit of our clients,” said Gala Co-Chair Debbie O’Donoghue. “Money raised through the auction of her piece will help support critical programs and services for our neighbors in need. We are grateful for her dedication and support.”

Judy says she drew inspiration for the painting from a photograph she took during a trip to Budapest with her husband Paul, an FCS Board member, several years ago. She felt the image of the bridge is particularly symbolic.

“Much as the Chain Bridge connects two different parts of a city, Family & Children’s Service bridges the gap for vulnerable people in our community,” Judy says. “Without FCS, many of our neighbors would be in danger of falling through the cracks.”

A lifelong resident of New Jersey and founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Judy is represented locally at Veranda in Fair Haven and The Frederick Gallery, Spring Lake. Judy has been exhibited throughout the country and has been featured in numerous publications. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Florida, a Signature Member of Audubon Artists, New York, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and an Artist member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York City. You can view additional example of Judy’s work on her website, www.judystach.com