Press release

Little wax Baby Jesus figurines
A tradition that dates back to the 17th century

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
workshop on making wax Baby Jesus figurines

Maison Saint-Gabriel has organized a workshop on making wax Baby Jesus figurines, on Sunday, December 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Making wax Baby Jesus figurines is a tradition that dates back to the French regime, a period of devotion to the Infant Jesus. Several religious communities in France specialized in this work and the tradition was established in Québec with the Ursulines.

The little wax Baby Jesus figurines were not sculpted from a block, but molded from bee's wax bleached by the sun in a lengthy process. They were then dressed and painted. The techniques used gave the skin a transparent look and a unique, very natural colour. Maison Saint-Gabriel has an interesting collection of wax Baby Jesus figurines, a very fragile heritage which is disappearing.

For this workshop, the museum has invited a sculptor and model maker, Sylvette Chanel, who creates old-style wax figurines in wax and plaster. She has been making wax Baby Jesus figurines for several years. She is the first lay person in Québec to perpetuate this art. She is renowned for the beauty of her Baby Jesus figurines, which she molds and dresses, after which she applies make-up and hair.

This workshop will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Maison Saint-Gabriel's Catherine-Crolo Pavilion.

Admission: $15.00 (taxes included)
Reservations required: 514 935-8136

Maison Saint-Gabriel is located at 2146 Place Dublin, in Pointe-Saint-Charles, near Marguerite-Bourgeoys park (Wellington St.), less than five minutes by car from Vieux-Montréal or the Charlevoix metro station (Bus 57 east).