John Mlacak, photo courtesy of Beth Mlacak

Kanata artist and community activist John Mlacak passes away at age 78

John Mlacak, a long-time community activist and artist in the Kanata area, passed away on Friday at age 78.

He was a former reeve of March township, has a recreation centre named after him in Kanata and continued to be very active in the community as an artist, volunteer and activist.  The Ottawa Citizen printed an obituary on him today, and you can see some of his artwork on his web site at www.johnmlacak.com.

I had the pleasure to talk with Mlacak last December when I was doing some research into the old house and barn at 173 Huntmar Drive in Stittsville.  He was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the house in 2010 and 2011 for the previous owners. He had hoped at one point to turn the property into an artists’ retreat.

Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l'entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l’entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.

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