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JUDY HOPEN: IN MEMORIUM

In July, 2011, the canvas labyrinth studio in St. Louis, MO, was closed. A year later, Judy lost her courageous battle against breast cancer, deceased at the young age of 51 years. I have left this page as it used to be, describing her remarkable talents, as a memorial to her memory.

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Judy was associated with Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC, for more than 14 years, serving as vice president, studio manager and production supervisor. She operated our 8,000 square foot studio (see studio). Since we made labyrinths the old-fashioned way, drawn and painted completely by hand, every order was a custom order, which entailed constant vigilance to make sure we were drawing the right pattern at the right size, painting it the right color, and sending it to the right person.

Adept at drawing with both pencils and diamond-bladed saws alike (on site installations), Judy sometimes served as crew chief, directing our proprietary polymer concrete method. She also drew and painted labyrinths on floors, decks, and concrete pads. She did a heroic job at keeping our tools and trailer organized.

We have many pictures of Judy, as she was the most photogenic person at Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC (having been a model and performance artist). Judy was a popular figure at annual and regional labyrinth gatherings. She participated as a presenter in our labyrinth-making master classes, held in our former studio.

That Judy helds high standards for her work is evident at a glance. She personally drew and painted more labyrinths than anyone in the world (including me), perhaps in all of history (more than 950). She was so good that it is almost scary to watch her. Thanks, Judy, for your hard work and dedication during your years at Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC.

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