Our classmate Judi Nemecek remembers with a smile her introduction to the world of art at Heritage Jr. High school, and with then freshman teacher Hugh Mahon.  She counts that as a pivotal point on her many creative journeys over her lifetime.  

In 2022 and again in 2023, Judi was selected as part of a competitive process to paint murals on a public utility building in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This initiative, which was the vision of community leaders, was curated by Jenn Hampton and sponsored by The Asbury Park Public Arts Commission and The Asbury Park Public Arts Council.  Judi was selected along with three other artists to bring this building near the boardwalk to life after nearly 50 artists submitted proposals to the city to be the creators of these vibrant murals.  The designs have attracted the notice of many visitors to Asbury Park, who stop and have their photos taken using the designs as their backgrounds.  Thousands of pictures have been posted on social media but Judi says the one she is waiting for is with the Boss himself.  

Judi’s art is not limited to the Jersey Shore.  Among her many projects, she is famous for her “fishes” – custom creations on stockade fence planks that she shares with others.  In fact, several of our classmates have them for their homes.  And she is always available for custom projects.  

Now living in Asbury Park with her new adopted puppy, Judi enjoys all aspects of the cultural revolution now thriving in this historic town.  She has lived in NYC, and served as an art director for some of the well-known advertising agencies. She spent some time in Berlin, Germany and also lived in Connecticut for some years before returning home to Jersey. Today Judi works as an art director in the pharmaceutical industry for a New Jersey based life sciences agency. She is involved with the music and art scene, painting, learning to play guitar, and loves seeing many old friends and making new ones.