I just received notification that I was successfully juried into Ottawa Art Expo 2015 to be held on October 25 to 26. I have been with Expo since its first show in 2008 and in 2010 was presented with the Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement by the Committee. The featured painting is one that was submitted to the jury.
My wife Beth Mlacak was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was nominated by Marianne Wilkinson, Councillor, Ward 4, Kanata North, the City of Ottawa. Beth was presented with the medal and a certificate by Gordon O’Connor, MP for Carleton Mississippi-Mills (our riding) at a ceremony on Parliament Hill on September 6, 2012.
Beth was instrumental in getting French Immersion programs into the Carleton Board of Education. She is a strong supporter of the arts as a founder of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery, a cooperative-run City Gallery now in its 20th year of operation. She is also a founder of Young At Art (YAA) which began at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery 16 years ago as a juried show for youth from 13-19 in the Kanata region. YAA is now a City of Ottawa-wide show which runs in 3 art galleries, one in the east, one in the west and one in the centre. Hundreds of young people participate now from many schools.