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Joe Kauffman - Zimmerdale, Kansas - 1931-1999

Metal Sculpture

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

Wooden Toys

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.

"Castle Island" Yard Environment

Don Kracht - Junction City, Kansas

HIdden in the trees in the middle of Kansas is Don Kracht's "Castle Island."  It is a scene that he has been building since the early 1990's straight from the days of knights and ladies-in-waiting.  When he moved some dirt  to build a pond, he realized he had created an island.  He said "I had an island with a moat around it, and I figured if you have an island and a moat, you've got to have a castle." His environment is complete with castle gatehouse, wooden drawbridge, pool of Venus and Queen's Garden, dungeon, round table, stained glass, verandas, and turret's.  Don is king of  his castle.