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Peace Work

By Babs Rodriguez

This spring, while we were puzzling over how long we might be sheltering in place, we spent no small amount of time looking for activities that didn’t involve a screen. Puzzles, a noncaloric way to gather the family around the table, became a favorite in many homes. And whether it’s an ongoing, come-and-go group activity or a meditative session for one, we think the resurgence of interest will stick. Because family time, brain exercise, daily meditation — it’s all of a piece, really.

Photo courtesy of jonathanadler.com

This 750-piece shaped — no flat edges — puzzle from Jonathan Adler offers more than lip service to our new addiction. Lips is packaged in a foil-stamped box with a ribbon-pull drawer, $35, jonathanadler.com.

You say 500 pieces is a snap. But there are two sides to every story — and to this puzzle. The Beach features fine art photographer Gray Malin’s bird’s-eye view of a stretch of sand on one side and an ocean reef on the other for double the fun, $25, gracioushome.com.

Photos courtesy of Gray Malin

Photo courtesy of Thrift Studio

Proceeds from Thrift Studio’s sale of vintage rug puzzles benefit Dwell with Dignity’s mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness. Find a link to your choice of three 500-piece jigsaws, $15, at thriftstudio.com/live. Learn more at dwellwithdignity.org.

Frank Stella’s geometric painting Firuzabad moves from eye-popping to hands-on captivating as a 750-piece jigsaw puzzle die-cut and contoured like its namesake artwork (found in MoMA’s permanent collection), $20, store.moma.org.

Photo courtesy of MoMA

Photo courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The 1,000-piece puzzle of Robyn O’Neil’s work These Final Hours embrace at last; this is our ending, this is our past — owned by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth — is meditative art at its best, $30, exclusive to The Modern Shop, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, shop.themodern.org. (Online sales may be suspended temporarily; visit the website for info on the museum’s reopening.)

Liberty Puzzles transformed local artist Sarah Gentry’s Mel’s Belles into a 546-piece floral jigsaw that wowed us. Equally captivating is Kolibris, which includes signature hand-drawn, intricately cut “whimsy” shapes among the 480 pieces. $105 each, libertypuzzles.com.

Photos courtesy of Liberty Puzzles

Photos courtesy of Liberty Puzzles

Photos courtesy of Liberty Puzzles