Artist Duane "Dick" Bryers

Artist Duane "Dick" Bryers

Duane Bryers — Dick to his friends — was not a man easily labeled. A Minnesota farm boy, who at times worked in a saw mill and dug ditches, swung from a trapeze in the circus, painted murals, drew comic strips and sculpted historical figures in ice, found success as a commercial artist and well-known painter of Americana. “I’ve had an absolutely fascinating life,” Bryers told an Arizona Daily Star reporter in 2010. The prolific artist died at his Tucson home Wednesday just a month shy of his 101st birthday.

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