Jim Powers Junk Yard Art Exhibit

Meade County Historical Museum

Junk Yard Art Exhibit Opens New Gallery in Meade

This article is reprinted with permission by "Meade County Mercantile" Business and Economic Development News, November 2002.


Volunteers at Meade County Historical Museum have created a new area to be used for special exhibits.  The museum will now be able to show Smithsonian and Kansas State Historical Society traveling exhibits.  The gallery is also available for other special events.

An exhibit of Junkyard Art will open the new gallery at Meade County Historical Museum on November 8.  Jim D. Powers, a Gage, Oklahoma artist, well known for sculpture that is make from materials found in his salvage yard, will welcome visitors at a reception on Saturday, November 9.  His works are featured in Ripley's "Believe-it-Or-Not" Museums around the world.  Some of his works are life-sized camels, elephants and dinosaurs; others are small, intricate designs.

Jim Powers opened a salvage yard in Gage after he retired from the military.  He began attending "The Little Red School House," a local artist's workshop where he discovered his talent and learned basic techniques that allowed him to begin expressing himself through the materials lying around in the salvage yard.  He combines and reshapes various metal parts to make surprisingly expressive pieces.  "It feels good, and when I'm creating," he says, " I'm in control.  Space, shapes and etc. are at my fingertips.  I use scrap metals mostly and like to think I'm recycling at the same time.  Each time I use a bit of scrap, Mother Nature and Mother Earth seem to smile at me and I feel good about my creations.  Nothing seems to come out of a book.  It all comes from within me."

The new gallery in the Historical Museum will be filled with Jim Powers' works from November 8 through December 8.  An opening reception will feature the artist on November 9 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.  The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday.  The next exhibit, featuring paintings by Norman Solbrach, will open in December.

Visit our web site www.meadecountyonline.com for photographs of his works and links to other sites that feature Jim Powers metal art.  Call 620 873-2359 for more information on the Mead County Historical Museum.





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