PAGE 20 – KANATA KOURIER-STANDARD – April 21, 2000
Quebec, la belle ville, captivates
Kanata en plain air artist
KANATA ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR
In October last year, John Mlacak spent a week in Quebec City capturing the wonderful, historic streetscapes on canvas. John loved the steep, winding, cobblestone roads and the old buildings framed against brilliant fall colors.
A unique opportunity to visit and paint on Nantucket Island was another highlight for John last September. Impressionistic oils of oceanside patio weddings at a nearby inn were purchased as gifts for the newlyweds. Lighthouses, the endless ocean and charming New England cottages with weathered shingles enhanced by beautiful gardens provided ample subject matter.
In order to meet the demand for his oil miniatures, John has just completed a new series and will show them for the first time at the Studio Tour. These gems have travelled all over the world as personal treasures and gifts.
John will also be showing new larger canvases of waterfalls in Gatineau, gardens in Vermont and ateliers and canals in rural France. The use of brilliant, rich colors are shown to full advantage in these paintings. John selected a landscape of Blois in the Loire Valley region of France for the Studio Tour’s second Preview Show at Chapter’s in Kanata Centrum which continues until April 26.
John has become increasingly involved in fundraising for charitable and other organizations including the Ottawa Jazz Festival, SOS Childerns Villages Canada, Big Brothers of Ottawa-Carleton, the Kanata Techniques, Canadian Advanced Technology Association (Stroke), and An Evening With Abigail (Breast Cancer) to name a few.
John’s art can be seen at his home studio and gallery by appointment. He is a founding member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and has shown his work there since it opened in 1992. His paintings can be seen at the Foyer Gallery in Nepean, Galerie Old Chelsea and at Galerie Echo Diffusart. You can visit John’s web site: www.igs.net/~mlacak/
John looks forward to seeing his neighbors and friends once again and all his new visitors. Mark May 5, 6 and 7 on the calendar and remember to take the Tour.