Lucille Broadbent Award

November 4, 2010
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John Mlacak makes an indelible mark on local artistic community

By David Johnston

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and John Mlacak

Ottawa Mayor-elect Jim Watson presented John Mlacak with the Lucille Broadbent Artistic Achievement Award at a reception and gala opening night of the 2010 Ottawa Art Expo at the St. Elias Centre Oct. 29

Always an active individual, John says he found the time to paint after suffering a heart attack about 30 years ago.

“They gave me a little more time,” he said, which he used to take a few art lessons. And he found his natural ability with design transferred nicely to a visual medium.

“There is no right or wrong in art. You decide what you like and that’s all there is to it.”

After retiring from his ‘day job’, John began to devote more and more of his leisure time to his new found passion.

“I found that I could paint all day and not get tired, so that’s what I did. I guess it became my job.”

He credits his wife Beth for providing him the support to be creative while “she looks after all the business.”

He enjoys a steady demand for his work. His paintings are exhibited in local, Ontario and Québec galleries and he is represented in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Korea, Indonesia and Japan. John is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) as of May, 2009 and was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 2006.

John had oils accepted into the SCA’s 40th National Open Juried Exhibition at the Tudor Gallery in Montreal in August, 2007, the 41st at the Papermill Gallery in Toronto in May, 2009 and the “Roots” exhibition at the Saint John New Brunswick Arts Centre in June, 2009. Six of John’s oils were exhibited at the Karas Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia in December, 2007 in a show entitled “Tracing Our Heritage”. Two other artists of Croatian heritage were also in the show. John exhibited three of his large oil landscapes in a group show in April 2008 at the Croatian Embassy in Ottawa.

He is a founding member of the Kanata Artists Studio Tour and the Kanata Civic Art Gallery.

“I’m glad people like my paintings, but really, I do it anyway because it’s what I like to do,” he surmised while crowds of onlookers studied his works on display at the expo.

John’s paintings are alive with colour and expression. From bold and subtle colours in landscapes to the vibrant red and green roofs of Québec farm buildings and towns, he is fascinated by the play of light and shade weaving through trees and over the white torrent of rapids and waterfalls.

He admits that his influences include the renowned Group of Seven artists.

“I like the impressionists. I believe art should exaggerate real life. My paintings are generally representational with a high degree of personal expression. At times, they may be somewhat impressionistic. With a strong emphasis on design, form, and colour, I use natural shapes, dramatic light and shadow, cool and warm colours that may be intense or subdued, and strong modelling to achieve depth and effect.”

John often paints from a photo he’s taken of a street scene or landscape, but sooner or later he discards the photo and lets the painting take on a life of its own.

“The painting tells me what I have to do,” he says. “My goal is to capture a sense of place, and I am influenced greatly by the emotion that can be inspired by nature’s beauty and power.” John creates large oil canvases of stone terraces, flower-filled gardens, porches and impressionistic scenes of yesteryear. He also returns frequently to the grandeur of the Canadian landscape, as well as New England and Europe.

“I’m inspired to paint by nature’s beauty and ever-changing face. It may be a dramatically lit landscape-sometimes given scale and interest by farm houses and barns, seasonal characteristics and colours, or intriguing patterns that evoke intense feelings of awe and a desire to capture the moment on canvas. I know I have been successful when the finished painting rekindles my initial feelings. The pleasure of that initial contact with something special in nature is capped when those viewing the painting are attracted by what inspired me to create it. To achieve that emotional connection within the limits of a two-dimensional canvas, I strive to maintain interest by encouraging viewers to wander through the scene, linger, and experience the recreated moment.”

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Lucille Broadbent Award

October 28, 2010
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October 28, 2010 – Kanata Kourier-Standard – page 15

Mlacak to receive Lucille Broadbent award at art expo

Première neige, arrière-cour

One of John Mlacak’s works, "Première neige, arrière-cour" shows backyards around the Spadina area of Chinatown in Toronto

John Mlacak is to be awarded the Lucille Broadbent Artistic Achievement Award from the Board of Ottawa Art Expo on Friday, Oct. 29.

“I think it’s great,” said Mlacak. “I’m certainly honoured to receive something like that. It’s a recognition of a lot of things I do. I know people appreciate my participation in their events.”

Mlacak has been a pillar in the Kanata community for years.

Mlacak and his wife Beth moved to the area in 1965 and he got involved with local municipal and regional politics as Councillor and then as Reeve of March Township (now the community of Kanata).

Mlacak, who primarily paints with oils, participates in numerous art groups and exhibitions.

“This is certainly an honour,” he said about the award.

“Particularly from a good part of the artistic community,” said Mlacak.

The Lucille Broadbent Award is to commemorate the lifelong support to the arts given by the late Lucille Broadbent.

It’s presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Canada’s and Ottawa’s artistic community.

“From the Kanata point of view, Lucille lived on Beaverbrook Lane,” said Beth. “Lucille was the first French teacher at Stephen Leacock Public School. They had a connection
with Kanata as well as the artist that’s receiving it, namely John.”

Mlacak is a founding member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, which is located at the John G. Mlacak Centre on Campeau Drive.

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Toronto Art Expo

March 19, 2009
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Vase fleuri

Vase fleuri, oil, 18” x 24”

Local artist John Mlacak will exhibit his paintings at the upcoming Toronto Art Expo show in Toronto from March 19-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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15th Annual Gift of Art Show and Sale

November 21, 2008
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November 21, 2008 – Kanata Kourier-Standard – page 39

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L'église, Abercorn

Detail from a painting by Kanata artist John Mlacak. His work will be on display at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery during the 15th annual Gift of Art Show and Sale this weekend, Nov. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is located at the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive.

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Gift of Art Show and Sale

November 21, 2008
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Art show this weekend

L'église, Abercorn

Woodlot Log Fence

John Mlacak invites you to the Kanata Civic Art Gallery 15th Annual Gift of Art Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday, Nov.22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. Free admission and free parking; For information call John at 613-592-1620 or log onto

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