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Well done @LauraKaardal! Can't wait to see your work at the Expo.

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Start looking for our posters around the city! #Ottawa #OAEottawa

We are proud to partner with the @ottawahumane for the 2nd "Animal Art Award" Deadline is OCT 15th details online:


John Mlacak    

John passed away on September 23, 2014 but his work still lives on with us.

Kanata artist, John Mlacak is a passionate oil painter. His work captures both the bold and subtle colours of the Canadian seasons and the vibrant red and green roofs of Quebec 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.

While John creates large oil canvases of stone terraces, flower-filled gardens, porches and impressionistic scenes of yesteryear, he returns frequently to the grandeur of the Canadian landscape.

His en plein air paintings journey through such magnificent locations such as Gatineau Park, Rivière Rouge, l’Estrie and the Charlevoix area of Quebec. Other paintings reflect scenes in Ottawa-Carleton and travel in the Maritimes, New England and Europe.

He views his art as an extension of his former interest in design work as an engineer.
John, an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists, has been painting full-time for over thirty-five years and enjoys a steady demand for his work. He is represented in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Korea, Indonesia and Japan. Koyman Galleries in Ottawa, Avenue Art in Montreal and Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario are a few of the galleries that represent John's work.

John has studied with a number of renowned artists. He was influenced by the late Canadian artists Brodie Shearer and Bruce Heggtveit, and greatly admires Canada’s own Group of Seven, Tom Thomson and the French Impressionists. John participates in numerous group and solo shows annually and has won many awards for his art in juried exhibitions.

John is well respected for his repeated generosity in providing work to a considerable number of charities and is much in demand to conduct demonstrations for art organizations and as a juror. He is also called upon as a keynote speaker about his art.

Today, many aspiring artists seek John's opinion on techniques, material, tools, pricing strategies, prerequisites for painting, painting media and other items. Ottawa Art Expo selected John to receive the Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement on October 29, 2010. Mayor, Jim Watson presented the award.

John retired in 1994 after a 35-year career with Bell-Northern Research. For 11 years he was active in local and regional municipal politics in Ottawa. He served a three-year term as a Commissioner on the National Capital Commission and was a member of the Visual Identity Advisory Committee of the Ottawa Transition Board during 2000 when it recommended some of the civic symbols for the new amalgamated City of Ottawa. In addition to his interest in music and politics, John enjoys photography.


2014 Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award

The 2014 Ottawa Art Expo is proud to announce that we are again partnering with the Ottawa Humane Society and continuing our support for this charity with the Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award!  This program met with great success last year and we are hoping to be able to provide even more needed funds to this great organization.

Who is eligible?

All participating artists in the 2014 OAEx, as well as any other artist willing to donate to the Ottawa Humane Society and to meet the criteria for entrance are welcome.

What are the award criteria?

The award and a $500 cash prize will be presented for a work of art portraying an animal or an abstraction of an animal. Pieces must be presentable for sale and for hanging or display. A jury will judge the entries and the winner will be announced at the OAEx gala. Last year the award and cash prize was presented by Mrs. Laureen Harper, a proud and dedicated supporter of the Humane Society.

What is the submission and judging process?

Entries must be received by OAEx no later than the 15th of October, 2014. Each entry must be sent on-line and should consist of one quality jpeg of the work (files no bigger than 1Mb), and a description consisting of size (in inches), medium (oil, watercolour, acrylic, photography, wood, stone etc.) a title of the work and (optional) a one or two line explanation if you feel that it would assist the judges. From all entries, 20 finalists will be chosen.  Each finalist’s entry will then be auctioned off via closed bid over the three day event, with proceeds to the Ottawa Humane Society. The auction will take place in a high profile location in conjunction with the Ottawa Humane Society booth.  Please include the price you would normally charge for each submitted piece.  or each piece will be determined and the bidder awarded the artwork in the following week. If the posted minimum bid is not received the piece will be returned to the artist. Entries that are not chosen as finalists remain the property of the submitting artist.

For three dimensional objects please send two images from different angles. All submissions will be posted on the OAEx website upon receipt .Only 100 % original works will be accepted, and the OAEx and Ottawa Humane Society reserve the right to deny entry to any images considered inappropriate to the stated criteria.

May I submit more than one piece?

Each artist may submit up to three pieces

What is the size restriction?

Please restrict pieces to no more than 24” in height or width.

Where do I send the submissions?

Please send your submission to and include in the email’s subject ‘Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award’. Please remember to include with your submission the following information:

1.   Your name

2.   Your address, email and telephone numbers

3.   Size

4.   Medium 

5.   Normal retail price

6.   Title

7.   Optional description

8.   One jpeg image (no larger than 1 Mb) 

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Ottawa Art Expo and Ottawa Humane Society