The Studio, Gallery and Sculpture Garden
For 32 years, Michael Binkley incorporated his studio with his gallery and sculpture garden in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Binkley is among Canada’s most successful self-represented artists. His former sculpture garden was part of his home based business. Designed by his wife, Michelle Binkley, the two built the hardscaping and Michelle maintained a wide variety of plants, which she collected over the years. There were pathways and stairways that lead to different garden rooms that would house an ever changing display of Binkley’s outdoor sculptures. Visitors could meander or take the main path directly to the courtyard gallery entrance.
Once inside the gallery, you found yourself in a vaulted spacious room with high windows to let in natural light. Here is where Binkley exhibited and sold his interior, gallery scale sculptures. For night time visits, strategic lighting brought each sculpture to life.
This gallery and sculpture garden are now closed. Along with the Binkley’s attached private home, the gallery has now been moved to Galiano Island, BC, Canada to become someone else’s vacation home.
Binkley is building a new studio and gallery in the town of Squamish, BC, Canada and will be completed in the fall of 2017.
Binkley still maintains his production studio at the back of the old property, and this is where he carves his sculpture. Many have a romantic notion of the sculptor’s studio – nude models hanging about and a loaf of bread and bottle of wine to one side. However, the reality of Binkley’s studio is nothing like this. It is dusty, muddy, dirty and wet – cold in winter, hot in summer. The production of stone sculpture requires modern machinery and is very noisy and Binkley uses safety equipment to protect his eyes, ears, lungs and body. Creating art is a solitary process, so Binkley is alone with his thoughts and inspiration.