Mlacak’s paintings to be shown at Art Expo

October 18, 2012
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From the Kanata Kourier-Standard EMC, Thursday, October 18, 2012:

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John Mlacak’s paintings will be on display at the Ottawa Art Expo at the St. Elias Centre on Oct. 27 and 28.

The art show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the centre, located at 750 Ridgewood Ave.

Mlacak has been with the show since it started four years ago.

The Kanata artist received the Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement from Mayor Jim Watson at the expo in 2010 and has been recognized as an artist, designer, politician and city planner.

The expo described Mlacak as a successful artist who has sold his work in Canada and around the world, and as someone who has donated his time and his paintings to charity.

Some 70 artists will participate in this, the largest indoor art show in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, and all must go through a jurying process each year.

Admission and parking are free.

The Ottawa Art Expo is an annual event that was founded in 2008. The organization eventually hopes to create a student scholarship through the awards program.

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Ottawa Art Expo Approaching

October 8, 2012
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“Charlevoix Woodland”

Ottawa Art Expo is fast approaching and I’m busy with all the preparations. The show’s new website is up and running at This is the 4th year and I’m really looking forward to the event as it draws large crowds and the response is so enthusistic. An added plus is free admission and parking. Hope to see many of my friends and meet new ones on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, October 28, at the St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, 10 am -5 pm both days. Can’t wait to display this brand new oil.

Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement

October 29, 2010
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A very special night for Beth and me. Mayor-elect Jim Watson presented me with the Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement at the 2nd Annual Ottawa Art Expo. Jim said some very kind and generous things about me in his introduction. The fact that we have known each other for quite some time made it very personal.

As I stood at the podium to thank Jim and the organizers of the Expo, I looked out over the audience and realized that for the most part, half the audience were people I’d known for over forty years. Then there was my daughter, Kirsten, my surrogate daughter, Wendy and her husband, Dave, and, of course, Beth. A great swell of emotion hit me and I had to pull myself together to finish my remarks. It was Beth’s diligent efforts that brought all these friends out. They all said they wanted to share this wonderful event with us. I think only about five invitees couldn’t make it. One of our guests brought me roses. Lots of congratulatory emails rolled in and are still coming.

David Johnston a freelancer from Kanata EMC interviewed and photographed me and his resulting article was excellent. The Kanata Kourier-Standard also did an article which included an image of one of my oil paintings. Coverage like this is worth so much.

Sales at the show were good and I have been enjoying brisk sales since. Ottawa Art Expo is an exhibition and sale for artists run by artists and it shows. I love the eight feet high Modu-Loc fencing that is used to display one’s work. This year black draping for the display grids and lighting were added for everyone. There is a real effort to present a uniform look. Only original art is allowed. Not even cards are permitted.

Next year, the plan is to have name signs for all artists’ booths. The Gala for the awards evening is very well done with wine and hors d’oeuvres for all. Some of those who couldn’t make it on Friday for the Gala came on Saturday and Sunday.

Our neighbor helped us load the car and set up our booth. More friends helped us dismantle the booth at the end and load the car. They even helped unload the car and bring everything back into the house. They made it so much easier for us and we are very grateful for their assistance. So, tired, but not as tired as we might have been, a fantastic event came to an end.

Enjoy the photos, and also check out the articles below.

Kanata Kourier Standard article Kanata EMC article

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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