Binkley Studio – End of an Era, Part One




After 32 years marketing my original fine art stone sculptures from our location in Moodyville, North Vancouver, Canada, I’m moving my gallery and sculpture garden. I will continue to operate my studio from the old location, but gallery has to move!

The formal gallery will be in limbo for several months, as my new location is currently being constructed. But the sculpture garden is now located at Michelle’s and my new home in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, Canada.

Here is a video of the large scale sculptures being moved:

It was a typically rainy Vancouver day for the move, but our crane operator Gord was unfazed and enjoyed the challenge, as safely moving my art work was far more interesting to him than moving another load of re-bar…

This is indeed the end of an era for Michelle and I, and a bittersweet period for us. While we are looking forward to the new studio and gallery location, we are taking some time to remember the great successes that came out of our old location. The annual Garden Sculpture Show, Michelle’s idea in 1995 that lead to the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s annual Art in the Garden Tour, CBC’s “The Canadian Gardener” visit in 1996 are two of the highlights. Over the decades, we redesigned the old property gardens several times. The biggest change came in 1998, after we added the gallery addition. Michelle designed a fabulous landscape that included pathways and stairways that divided garden “rooms” in which we could exhibit and sell my large scale sculptures. Remembering the (literally) blood and sweat that we put into constructing that garden gives us pause.

Change is difficult and painful, but necessary if one is to evolve, especially as an artist.

Some of the sculptures shown in the video are part of Michelle’s private collection, her “babies.” But “Awakening,” “Shadow Fronds,” “Restrained Fury” and “Il Volo” are available for purchase. Click here to see more info on these, or to make an appointment to see them in person, please contact us.

We do have to develop the foliage around the art works, and our creative landscaping juices are flowing with ideas to develop our new sculpture garden. What do you think of the sculpture’s new placements?

6 Responses to “Binkley Studio – End of an Era, Part One”

    • Michael Binkley

      Thanks for the compliments Sharon. Hope to see you sometime…

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  1. SYLVIA BINKLEY

    WONDERFUL VIDEO!! WE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH! YOU WILL TREASURE IT FOREVER. I DON’T GET VIDEOS ON MY COMPUTER, SO I WATCHED IT ON DAD’S. LOVE, MOM

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    • Michael Binkley

      Glad you both liked it, Mom. You have both helped us to develop that old garden over the years, so Michelle and I honour your investment in it and to us!

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  2. Greg Binkley

    I loved watching the footage and reading about the dedication of Gord. For me, the magic was how you strapped each piece at the right balance point and how you levelled the bases prior to placement. I realize that this is not filmworthy, as they are boring detail, but the devil is in the detail. The pieces are art of beautiful and I am grateful that they all made their way safely to their new home.

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    • Michael Binkley

      Greg, How kind of you to write and comment. The next post is this Sunday night, as we close the door on the gallery for the last time…

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