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 Woodward OK
show (Video Clip).
Metal, "Finding Sculpture In Salvage" (page).
New Channel 4 Report (video clip).
Oklahoma Road News Report (video
Sparks, Gallery Show of "Oklahoma Education Television Authority"
program on art. (Page & Video clip).
I-35 & SW89th OKC (video clip).
Tulsa "Oklahoma Traveler"
Gage water tower Jimmy Bird debate
Early Metal Works of Jim Powers page.
Jimmy Bird Page, Featuring The Gage Water Tower Jimmy Bird Saga song &
The Famous Dig & other short books by Jim
Sculptors by Jim Powers page.
"Indian Blanket" Wildflower, Arnett Oklahoma.
Jim Powers Memorial Courtyard, Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum in
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Jimmy Dale Powers (JD)
In Loving Memory
June 22, 1934 - June 20, 2006
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
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
To write a statement about my
art is like telling someone how much you love them. I dont 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. Its kind of hard for me to
answer because I have never thought of myself as an artist. I dont know
for sure, but nothing seems to come out of a book. It all comes from
''Jim Powers of Gage, Oklahoma creates
GIANT INSECTS, BUFFALOES, LIFE-SIZE ELEPHANTS and DINOSAURS OUT of SCRAP
METAL FROM JUNK CARS!''
YOU CAN BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
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