This web page is in Memory of my dad, Mr. Jimmy Dale Powers from Gage Oklahoma.

I'm in the process of documenting as much as I can about Jim's Arts. As I gather more information on dad works I will post more information and links on this web page.

Sincerely, Terry Powers.

Below are links to just some of Jim's creations and showings.



• Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum "Heritage Award".

• Twenty-Ninth Annual Governor's Arts Awards, Community Service Award.

• Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

• Fine Arts Competition May 5 - June 24, 2006


• Mabee Gerrer Museum

• Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum

• Math and Science School

• Gallery of Fine Arts

• Oklahoma Northern College

• Redlands Community College

• The Museum of the Plains

• Omniplex Kirkpatrick Galleries

• The Leslie Powell Gallery

• Meade County Historical Museum

• Arts Place Gallery

• The Metcalfe Museum, Durham Oklahoma

Crystal Christmas in Woodward OK

Media Reviews:

Discovery Oklahoma show (Video Clip).

• Mettle Metal, "Finding Sculpture In Salvage" (page).

• New Channel 4 Report (video clip).

• Oklahoma Road News Report (video clip).

• Prairie Sparks, Gallery Show of "Oklahoma Education Television Authority" program on art.  (Page & Video clip).

• I-35 & SW89th OKC (video clip).

• Tulsa "Oklahoma Traveler" (video clip).

• Gage water tower Jimmy Bird  debate (video clip).


  • Early Metal Works of Jim Powers page.

Jimmy Bird and Me Too, in Memory of Lester Linnet.

• Jimmy Bird Page, Featuring The Gage Water Tower Jimmy Bird Saga song & video.

• The Famous Dig & other short books by Jim Powers.

• Sculptors by Jim Powers page.


• "Indian Blanket" Wildflower, Arnett Oklahoma.

Jim standing in the Memorial Courtyard.


Copyright 2009
terrypowers at yahoo dot com


Jimmy Dale Powers (JD)

In Loving Memory

June 22, 1934 - June 20, 2006



Jimmy Dale Powers was born on a ranch North of Gage Oklahoma. He attended Gage School for twelve years. He joined the military at age 18, and served for over twenty years.

After retirement from the military, Jim created a scrap metal yard and operated it until federal regulations put the business in jeopardy. Around that time he became interested in art. He had discovered the Little Red School House located at Podunk corner, where Gwen Suthers was instrumental in guiding him into different phases of art; such as Abstract, Non-Objective, and Contemporary. Jim is best known for his sculptures like the famous Jimmy Bird, created from scrap metal.

Jim's work has been shown at the Mabee Gerrer Museum in Shawnee Oklahoma, Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum in Woodward Oklahoma, the Math and Science School in Oklahoma City, the Gallery of Fine Arts in the Mall at Enid Oklahoma, Northern Oklahoma College Performing Arts Center Tonkawa Oklahoma, Redlands Community College Reno Oklahoma, The Museum of the Plains Perryton Texas, Kirkpatrick Galleries at the Omniplex in Oklahoma City, The Leslie Powell Gallery Lawton Oklahoma, The Meade County Historical Museum Meade Kansas, Arts Place Gallery in Ponca City Oklahoma, and at The Metcalfe Museum near Durham Oklahoma.

He has also been featured in seven different countries by Ripleys Believe It Or Not. Some of his sculptures on display around the World include; an Elephant in Seoul Korea, a Buffalo in Copenhagen Denmark, a Dinosaur in Tapei Taiwan, and a Praying Mantis in the Republic of the Phillipines; and of course many Jimmy Birds all over the world.

Jim also assists the Woodward Chamber of Commerce on designs for the Crystal Christmas show of lights. He also likes to paint, but finds his imagination gets the upper hand and consequently, he breaks every rule in the book on what you should and should not do.





Statement About My Art


Jim Powers

     To write a statement about my art is like telling someone how much you love them. I don’t quite know why I do this. I seem to need to create as the sun needs to warm, or the wind needs to blow. It feels good and when I am creating, I am in control. The shapes and the space are at my fingertips. I use scrap metals and like to think that I am recycling at the same time. Each time I use a bit of scrap metal, ole Mother Nature and Mother Earth seem to smile on me. And, of course, that makes me feel good about my creations. I like to make things that are large enough to incorporate other things in them. I like to make them enormous because they represent strength. I always have a hard time answering the "why" and "what for" questions. It’s kind of hard for me to answer because I have never thought of myself as an artist. I don’t know for sure, but nothing seems to come out of a book. It all comes from within.