Written By: Friday, April 7th 2017

OMAH has commissioned Tony Bianco to design an upscale keepsake coin to celebrate Canada’s and Orillia’s 150th anniversary. There will be a limited quantity of this unique coin, produced, on a pre-order basis only. To secure a coin, purchasers must pre-order on the OMAH website between now and April 26th.

There will be two options for receiving the coin. First is the coin alone, in a simple plastic sleeve. The other is to have a frame ready piece of art work by Tony with TWO coins, so both sides can be displayed. This comes with a certificate of authentication, numbered and signed by Tony. This unique piece of art will be a family heirloom. The designs are available on the OMAH website at www.orilliamuseum.org.

After the order period, production of the coin will take 6 to 8 weeks due to the detail and unique qualities of the coin. Purchasers will be informed of the date for pick up with a chance to meet the artist in June.


About the Artist

Tony Bianco has been expressing himself as a full-time artist since the age of twenty. His work displays a love for life, nature, and for communicating emotion visually.

Early in his career, Tony began to experiment with plein-air painting that is, working directly from the subject, on location. He embarked upon a study of working from life, in the landscape, throughout all seasons, striving for honesty and clarity in his style.

Since 2000, he has traveled with his family across Canada, painting a series of works depicting our National Parks. This collection of over 120 paintings, entitled “a Portrait of Canada”, has traveled and exhibited in a number of museums and galleries, and continues to do so.

His work is featured on many Canadian coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. Since 1999, when he first designed a 2 dollar coin, he has been creating artwork for the Royal Canadian Mint that embodies Canada’s heritage, history and culture. His work has been featured on several 2 dollar coins, twenty five cent coins, Olympic and Pan Am games medals, and numerous commemorative coins. Tony has been honoured to design over 50 coins for the Royal Canadian Mint.

Tony continues to explore his world through painting and drawing, whether it be landscape, animals, birds or figures. Traveling across Canada and through Europe for his subject matter, he now divides his time between working on location and in the studio where he develops more complex paintings. His studio/gallery is located in the scenic Mt. St. Louis area of central Ontario where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is home to thousands of artefacts from Orillia and its surrounding area. From scientific specimens and photographs, to archives and oral histories, OMAH offers a wide range of research possibilities and educational programs complemented by a body of rich and exciting exhibitions.

OMAH’s exhibition schedule is committed to featuring work that is challenging, diverse and relevant to Orillians and the wider community in an effort to create a supportive environment for culture to thrive.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History would like to acknowledge the support of its members, partners and donors, and the City of Orillia.
For information: Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705 326–2159 x101| executivedirector@orilliamuseum.org