Did you know that Orillia has a strong connection, both current and historic, to the ART of designing money- the coins that we collect and the dimes and the quarters that we carry in purses and pocketsevery day? We know how to earn money and how to spend money, but how many of us know how these coins are designed and made? The Art of Money: The Design of Canadian Coinage will be thefascinating topic at this year’s Carmichael Art History Lecture being held at the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) on Wednesday, May 8th.
Join us for a multi-media presentation by two Orillians with intimate knowledge of the topic. Local artist and coin designer Tony Bianco has designed over 100 coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, many of them marking milestones in Canadian History. Bianco most recently designed a coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian National Railway. He will give us an up-close and personal look at the process of coin design.'
Orillian Robert Browne is the son-in-law of the famous and celebrated sculptor Emmanuel Hahn, who created some of Canada’s most celebrated and distinctive coins. The iconic Schooner Dime, depicting the famous Nova Scotia racing schooner the Bluenose and the Caribou Quarter, representing the large caribou herds in Northern Canada were designed by Hahn. Issued in 1937, the coins are still in circulation today. Browne will elaborate on the life of Emmanuel Hahn and share memories of Hahn’s creation of these and other coins. See historic footage of this sculptor at work.
Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased at OMAH. Credit cards are accepted. Proceeds go to support OMAH’S plans and programs that benefit Orillia, the surrounding townships and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the lecture begins at 7:30 PM.
We really do have art in our pockets or purses as well as on our walls. Don’t miss this unique presentation.