|Soaring Heart Gallery in Beverly, Kansas is the
home and studio of J. R. Dickerman, who has lined the highways of Lincoln
County with an Open Range Zoo made
up of his "Creature Creations."
The first time that I visited the Soaring Heart Gallery,
it was in a rural trailer near Beverly, Kansas that served as Jim's home
and studio. The yard was filled with odd creations and creatures, and when
I got out of the car, one of the creatures welcomed me. Then Jim took off
the mask and introduced himself. Jim introduced me to his two small, friendly
dogs, then showed me around the studio which takes up one end of a mobile
That first studio was damaged in a fire and for several
Jim Dickerman had a studio in nearby Lincoln, But the Soaring Heart Gallery
is now in the heart of Beverly/ The studio is filled with more creatures,
masks & costumes. Many of these smaller creations are made from bone,
animal skulls, and feathers. Crazy, wonderful stuff that deserves a wider
audience. Most of creations have names, and Jim is glad to explain from
what items they are made.
Out in the yard are the larger creatures, many of them
made from old farm equipment, although any object may find its way into
one of Jim Dickerman's creations.
You can drive by the Soaring Heart Gallery during daylight
hours, or call Jim Dickerman at (785) 515-0273 to schedule a visit.