Monkey News

Town of Cochrane Murals
Custom murals for the Town of Cochrane.   Public art hopefully EVERYONE loves!  We worked with the Town and Wilco to create five images that reflect Cochrane’s history.   We also worked Cochrane’s mountain range into the background with the iconic Devil’s...
SAIT Centennial Statue Project
After close to a year of exchanging ideas, a proposal and hiring outside renderings we are thrilled to be able to share the news that we have been commissioned by SAIT to create a large statue in commemoration of their...
Sunwest Aviation Commission
Now located in the main lobby of Sunwest Aviation is a statue by Michael Perks titled ‘The Origin of Flight’.  The statue is a replica of Sunwest’s first lear jet in their fleet.  Hundreds of different cut-outs of birds are...
Town Of Cochrane Street Banners
Kudos to the Town of Cochrane for doing a face lift .....especially a very cool retro one!  Working with Bond Creative Inc. to create custom designs reflective of Cochrane’s history, eight different designs were finalized.  Peruse downtown to see the...
Best In Show - Calgary Stampede
Blow our minds!  Michael wins Best 3D in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show Auction.  I'm guessing the first time in history steel beats out bronze! The Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction has been going for 34 years and is...
Fine Dining at Lake Louise Ski Hill
If you get a chance to go ski at Lake Louise Ski Hill this winter check out their gorgeous new fine dining restaurant in Whitehorn Lodge.  It’s an upscale restaurant & bar that welcomes ski boots & toques as appropriate...
Carseland Public Art Commission
We are very excited to announce that Michael has been chosen to do large public art piece for the town of Carseland.  This piece of art will be approx 8ft wide x 16ft tall.  Above is one potential concept for...
New Color Series Unveiled At Stampede
This year at the Stampede Michael turned a lot of heads with his new color series.  Over the winter we decided it was time to get even more color into Michael’s art.  So we undertook ‘the great experiment’.  We bought...
Best In Show - Calgary Stampede
Yippee!  Michael was awarded by the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show jury with Best In Show - Artisan.  A gorgeous buckle, round of applause and many hand-shakes were part of the evening.  The jury admitted they had great debate as...
Calgary Stampede Grounds
Michael has had some fun extending the Ranahan’s railing art.  This year he added a north section to the outdoor patio.  The piece of art depicts the Rocky Mountains down to the Foothills, and finishes with a spirited cattle drive.
Art Bins For Lake Chaparral
After the success of our Inglewood custom art bins, Lake Chaparral got in on the idea.  Custom western artwork was created for the Chaparral bins to match the community’s sense of style and playfulness.  The bins are two-part: garbage &...
Michael Perks - Feature Artist
Michael is very honored to be this year’s featured artist at the illustrious PSAC Stars & Spurs Gala.  The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) Stars & Spurs Gala is a huge fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance and to date...
Little Monkey Public Art
If you’re walking down the streets in Inglewood you won’t be able to miss the new ‘recycling centers’ that just got placed in early October.  Funded by Nestle Waters and initiated by the Inglewood BRZ, Michael Perks & Little Monkey...
Ronald McDonald House - Art Project
Mother Bear The spirit of the bear is known as the protector.  Michael & Little Monkey were recently commissioned for a fun piece of art that will be going into the gardens at the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary.   The...
‘Local Talent Tests His METAL At The Stampede’
Article in the Western Wheel News Paper By Stephen Smith Okotoks: Michael Perks selected as Best New Artist in Western Showcase He’s not a blacksmith, but Okotoks area artist Michael Perks knows all about working metal and heat to perfection....
Calgary Stampede Western Art Show
LEGACY A tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.  The statue includes 169 names of people who have been a big part of making the Stampede what it is today.  Will be on display for the duration of...
‘Best New Artist’ Award at Calgary Stampede
Every year at the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show they judge all the art on display.  Any artists exhibiting for the first time fall under the ‘New Artist’ category; this year there was 12.  Out of those new artists Mike...
Calgary Stampede - Western Showcase
We’re thrilled to announce that Michael has been accepted into the prestigious Western Art Showcase at the Calgary Stampede.  The Western Showcase is a major stopping point during the Calgary Stampede, and is located in the BMO Center on the...
New Statue For West Canadian
Over the winter we had an exciting commission from art collector, philanthropist, business giant George Brookman.   Driving by DaDe Art & Design Lab in Inglewood Mr. Brookman saw another statue by Michael.  Intrigued he inquired at the gallery and ended...
Condo Living & New Home Living
Check out the October issues for New Home Living & Condo Living magazines; available in the free magazine racks at the front doors of most grocery stores, LRT stations, K-mart & large rec facilities. New Home Living article: Wall Flowers...
Blue Bird Day For A Photo Shoot
The phone rang yesterday afternoon and it was Condo Living and New Home Living Magazines wanting to do a photo-shoot of Mike’s art... tomorrow.  You would recognize these magazines as the free ones that sit at the entrance way to...