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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.
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Artist produces contrasts of large oils and miniatures
Kanata Artists’ Studio Tour
This year John Mlacak has developed a great deal of his time creating large oil landscapes depicting waterfalls, streams, porch and patio flower gardens, and autumn woodlands shrouded in their first snow.
He has used rich, vibrant contrasts of colour to capture some of the grandeur of our natural setting. Mlacak is eager to show you these new paintings as well as his very popular miniatures during this year’s Studio Tour.
Mlacak is particularly pleased that Chapters in Kanata Centrum is featuring the work of the Studio Tour artists during the month of April.
Interested shoppers will be able to purchase art resource books which Chapters ordered from a list compiled by the “Tour” artists. Brochures will be available in the store and some of the artists will be giving demonstrations and entertaining in the fireplace area.
Mlacak is an award-winning artist and his work can be seen at his home gallery and studio by appointment. He also displays at regional galleries and art festivals throughout the year. After the Studio Tour, he has a solo show at the Atrium Gallery in Nepean – June 4 to July 21.
Visit Mlacak’s web site: www.igs.net/~mlacak/ to preview 50 to 70 paintings, many of which will be available for the Studio Tour.
John Mlacak is a full-time artist and has lived in Kanata since 1965. He has participated in the Kanata Artists’ Studio Tour since its inception in 1992 and looks forward to opening his home and studio to you on April 30, May 1 and 2. Remember to take the tour.
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Arts & Entertainment
From rural Kanata to parts of Quebec
At the recent Ottawa Spring Home Show, award-winning artist John Mlacak was caught napping while his wife, Beth, tended his art display. Even artists need to rest while awaiting new inspiration.
This Saturday and Sunday will find Mlacak exhibiting his oil paintings at the National Capital Fine Arts Festival, Lansdowne Park. In preparation for the 7th Kanata Artists’ Studio Tour, Mlacak has painted his way across rural Kanata as well as the Petite Riviere Rouge, l’Estrie and Gatineau areas of Quebec.
Mlacak’s passion for painting en plein air and his love of bold, dramatic colors, contin ue to absorb his attention. His “First Snow Series” features rural Kanata and West Carleton during the first snowfall last October when the trees still held their autumn bril liance. These painting capture the yellows, oranges and reds against the warm light and cool shadows created by the heavy, new snow. Mlacak’s landscapes are available in miniature to traditional sizes.
Mlacak has participated in the Kanata Artists’ Studio Tour since its inception in 1992.