Jim Powers Memorial Courtyard
Our courtyard was designed and built by Jim Powers and Britt O’Brien, and is used by the community for various social functions. This particular image in our courtyard is a thunderbird for our fish pond.
Jim 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.