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Posted on: June 30, 2017

The Michelangelo of Puzzles

MLK Puzzles

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center has its own resident artist. His particular type of art is unique, homespun and beautiful.  For two years, 75-year-old Charles Bryant has meticulously assembled 500- to 1,000-piece puzzles, proudly displaying them throughout the community. Bryant, who is a regular in the center’s older adult program, Bryant explains that when he started coming to the South Dallas multi-service complex that houses the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, he noticed most of the other men were playing dominoes or spades. Preferring not to play those games, Bryant found something else to do.

“I don’t play dominoes, and I don’t know anything about spades,” Bryant said. “I saw that the puzzles were here and decided to start working with them.”

Many times he works on his puzzles alone, but at times has help from a friend - 67-year-old  Kerry Hall, who sometimes takes a break from his usual routine of playing dominoes in order to do a little “art work” with Bryant.

Both gentlemen spend their weekdays at the center and say they look forward to coming everyday. Bryant explains that the program makes travel for seniors convenient because the it provides transportation to and from the center. Also, the program provides breakfast and lunch, as well as several activities throughout the week. Bryant and many other senior adults gather five days a week, spending four to five hours or the entire day there.  

Bryant spends the whole day. “I come Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

For this artist, this gives him a full day to work on his various masterpieces – one piece at a time!

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