Joe Kauffman - Zimmerdale, Kansas - 1931-1999
Joe I. Kauffman, self-proclaimed mayor of Zimmerdale, died at 68, a former mechanic and operator of an auto repair shop in Zimmerdale for many years. Joe's nickname was "Mr. Goodpliers." He made metal sculptures that surrounded his shop. He was of the adventurous sort as he made his own boat and navigated rivers. Zimmerdale was never an official town and only consisted of some ten buildings, a grain elevator and salvage yard. After Kauffman's death, the county commissioners placed the "town" of Zimmerdale on the auction block.
Ronald Keith - Penokee, Kansas - 1938-2018
Ronald Keith started whittling toys as a kid. "They weren't fancy and were played with" so they no longer remain. His later work was "winter projects", mostly things they had on the farm when he was a kid.
Ida Kingsbury - Pasadena, Texas
Recycled Yard Art
Ida Kingsbury was a life long Texan. When Ida's husband died she spent the next 17 years ornamenting the yard surrounding their home. Tom and Moria LaFaver and the Friends of Ida Kingsbury provided the opportunity for the art center to receive this yard environment from Pasadena, Texas. throughout these latter years, the yard became an outdoor exhibition, 'jam-packed' with Ida's art work. She painted on every imaginable surface including teapots, metal anchors, plastic animals, two litter pop bottles, tire inner tubes, milk buckets, washboards, birdhouses and whatever appeared on her doorstep. Important dates in her life such as living at Schulenburg, TX, or when her dog 'Big Boy' died were enumerated in text.
John Korzinowski - Kansas City, Missouri - 1924-2013
Wrench motif, Indian head chief, yard assemblages
John Korzinowski turned metal wrneches into gates and yard art. He just wanted something to do with his tools and time. His yard was an attraction in the Kansas City area.