Jane, Laser Engraved Plate. 24 x 24 inches, 2016 | The Rat, Laser Engraved Plate. 24 x 24 inches, 2016
Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides | MACLAU
101 Place du Curé-Labelle
Saint-Jérôme, QC J7Z 1X6


Jane’s Journey
The Tragic and Premature Death of Jane
3 Months, 3 Series, 3 Interconnected Narratives

November 25, 2018, 2pm to 5pm

November 25, 2018 to January 25, 2019

• concurrent exhibitions are listed at the bottom of this email

In the context of the 40th anniversary of the Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides (MAC LAU), Bonnie Baxter, whose art practice has grown up along with the museum itself, will exhibit a comprehensive exhibition of three of her series from the past 10 years. Curator Jonathan Demers employs the anachronistic nature of the exhibition's elements to play on memory, expectation and to expand preconceived notions of the retrospective.

Opening this November 25th at the MAC LAU, it will be the first time that Baxter's two Jane series - Jane's Journey and The Tragic and Premature Death of Jane - are shown together and in their entirety. At the same time, her new series, RatKind will infest the city of Saint-Jérome, appearing incrementally and finding its way into Montreal as well, beginning with a site specific installation in 15 rooms of the deserted insurance premises on 330 Rue Saint-Georges on Saint-Jérôme's main street. Past, present and future come together in one multi-faceted exhibition exploring the source of our identity, the burden of our past, and the frightening challenges of our future. RatKind, a projection into an implausible future-topia asks us to overcome our fears, rational and irrational, to find it in ourselves to adapt, recognizing the value of all forms of intelligence, all ways of being, even if it means overcoming prejudices and phobias as deeply held as our loathing of Rats and instead, embracing all Kinds.

BAIN PARIS (Jane's Journey series), Digital Print, 51 x 38.5 inches each
It began in the past, in a para-autobiographical journey, Bonnie Baxter travelled through her own geographical history in the guise of the archetype Jane, the blue eyed blond stereotype that had been her ally and her enemy throughout her career to create the series, Jane's Journey in 2008.
MOTEL RAT (The Tragic and Premature Death of Jane series), 24 x 48 inches, Laser engraved plate, 2016
In 2011 Baxter had had enough, Jane was taking over her career, in a devious twist, she killed Jane off in classic Pulp Fiction style with an over the top narrative dripping with lust, betrayal, murder, miss/taken identity, and a touch of the supernatural. By 2016, 8 years after Jane's Journey, she had created her second Jane series, The Tragic and Premature Death of Jane. Already, the rat had made an appearance, lurking in Jane's subconscious, a nagging embodiment of the memories Jane needed to face before she could move on.
MOTEL (RatKind series), Digital Print, 40 x 60 inches, 2018
Now, just two years later, the Rat has risen to the surface and refuses to be ignored. The future is here. Who is this Rat? In RatKind the figure of the rat emerges as a dark mirror of our moral and social consciousness. It manifests in a dreamlike futuristic utopia reminiscent of Bosch’s Garden of Delights. RatKind is a new species resulting from the convergence of human and rat DNA, a cautionary tale of the consequences of keeping unpleasant or fearful things repressed: the things that keep humankind from confronting injustice, prejudice, and greed and correcting issues of poverty, inequality, global warming, and loss of community. The series has a gentle humour and an inclusive spirit. In trying to make sense of the world around her, Baxter asks the viewer to reimagine our survival in a world that recognizes and celebrates the interdependence of all forms of intelligence, animal or vegetable.

text by Christine Unger



Starting from Gare de la Concorde Station take the train in the direction of Saint-Jérôme. Hours here >

From the Montmorency Metro take Line 9 - Direction Lafontaine. Hours here >

Take Autoroute 15 North to EXIT 43.

Associated Exhibitions
Bonnie Baxter, Showdown, Laser Engraved Woodcut, 36 x 48 inches, 2016
Prints from the archives of Atelier de l'Île (1977 - 1998)

December 8, 2018 to February 10th, 2019

December 8th, 2pm to 5pm
Visit the Atelier de l'Île website >

Laser Engraved Woodcuts

Atelier-Galerie A. Piroir
January 8th, 2018 to March 2nd, 2019
Vernissage, January 12th, 2pm
Atelier-Galerie website >

Bonnie Baxter gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support and contribution of Jonathan Demers and the MAC LAU team as well as all the artists, actors, technicians, friends and students and of course Boomer, Michel Beaudry, without whom this passionate adventure would not have been possible.

Many Thanks for the supporting grants of the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Professional Development Program CUPFA
Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides
101, place du Curé-Labelle,
Saint-Jérôme (Québec) J7Z 1X6

Téléphone : 450.432.7171

Prints from the archives of Atelier de l'Île (1977 - 1998)

December 8, 2018 to February 10th, 2019
Vernissage, December 8th, 2pm to 5pm

Visit the Atelier de l'Île website >


Alexandre Gélinas (President of the CCL), Pierre Leblanc, (artist who created the award statue), Bonnie Baxter (Lauréate) Bernard Lamarche, (Director of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)), and Michel Beaudry (Artist).

Once every four years, the CCL (LE CONSEIL DE LA CULTURE DES LAURENTIDES) pays an outstanding tribute to a leading Laurentian artist for their lifetime achievements. This year's Les Grands Soleils Award was presented to visual artist Bonnie Baxter (Val-David) whose nationally and internationally recognized work represents the wealth of talent and creativity that Québec has to offer. Bonnie Baxter is the first woman to have been awarded the Prix les Grand Soleils in the 29 years that this award has been given.

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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions


Museo do Douro
Alijo (Portugal)

Museu do Douro website >

10 August - 31 October 2018

La Collection Prêt d'œuvres de l'UdeS

Centre culturel de l”Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke (Québec)

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Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides

NOVEMBER 11, 2018

"Following the success of its edition 2017, it is with pleasure that MAC LAU repeats its benefit auction this fall, on the occasion of 40th anniversary... the event is the institution's largest fundraising event. The funds raised allow the MAC LAU to assume its role of museum and to offer committed exhibitions, to initiate projects which are part of its community and which place the institution as a socio-cultural factor in the Laurentians, but also in the Greater Montreal."
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International Exhibition / Conference

Santander, ( Spain )

SEPTEMEBER 1 - 9, 2018

Première Biennale internationale de gravure de Cota, Colombie
21 - 31 August, 2018

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April 26 - June 10, 2018
Maison de la culture Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Festival Art Souterrain, February 27 - March 20, 2016


OCTOBER 23, 2017

"The Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Mr. David Heurtel, and the President and CEO of Culture pour tous, Mme Louise Sicuro, presented the 2017 Charles Biddle Award to the artist today. In visual arts Bonnie Baxter, on the occasion of the launch of activities of the Quebec Week of Intercultural Encounters (SQRI).

The Charles-Biddle Award is presented in collaboration with Télé-Québec's La Fabrique culturelle, which has launched a new video vignette dedicated to the laureate.

The two other finalists - Hada Lopez and Alejandra Odgers - received an official certificate of the MIDI. "

The Cultural Fabrique

See the article and vignette online >

The 2017 President’s Excellence in Teaching Awards

“These awards celebrate one of our core missions,” she said, going on to note that many of Concordia’s Strategic Directions are directly linked to teaching.

This year’s honoured professors embody those directions, motivating their students to experiment boldly, get their hands dirty and go beyond the classroom."

Bonnie Baxter receives 2017's The President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Concordia University

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'Paris (monuments)' from Le voyage de Jane, 2008
by Concordia part-time faculty member Bonnie Baxter

Bonnie Baxter

Part-time faculty
Department of Studio Arts

Krzysztof Skonieczny

Assistant professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brandiff Caron

Assistant professor
Centre for Engineering in Society

Rosemary Reilly

Associate professor
Department of Applied Human Sciences

dans le cadre du programme CAM en tournée

September 16 - October 29, 2017
La bibliothèque Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal

October 31- December 9, 2017
Maison de la culture de Verdun


Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier
1425, Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Trois-Rivières (Québec) G9A 5H3

October 22 - November 19, 2017

Artists of Quebec and Mexico
A project made in partership between the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières and Universidad Autonoma del Estado in Mexico

Curators : Mylène Gervais and Cynthia Ortega Salgado

Medium : Prints on paper

"The exhibition Du corps métamorphosé au corps imprimé is a foray into the world of artists of different ages, cultures and experiences, firmly rooted in their contemporary reality. Through traditional and digital printing; they explore the transformation, the metamorphosis and the representation of the body according to their respective sensibilities in order to draw a picture rich in expression. It is in these multiple contexts that each artist creates their work. The exhibition includes a corpus of works by 30 artists.

(Source : Mylène Gervais and Cynthia Ortega Salgado, curators)

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Du corps métamorphosé au corps imprimé, Centre d’exposition Raymond-Lasnier,
Trois-Rivières, (Québec)
October 22 - 19 November 19, 2017

Vernissage : Sunday Octobre 22, 2017, 2pm

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Curators : Mylène Gervais and Cynthia Ortega Salgado

Artists of Quebec and Mexcio
A partnership between The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Universidad Autonoma del Estado du Mexique

Visual and Media Arts

La Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges

September 16 - 12 November 12, 2017

A selection of works from the PADORAC Acquisitions of Artworks (PADORAC) to draw attention to the artistic production of the last five years.

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Novembre 12, 2pm - 5pm

"Following the success of its 2016 edition, it is with pleasure that the MACL auction is coming back this fall. For the past 15 years, the Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides has invited contemporary art lovers to its fund-raising auction."

Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides
101, place du Curé-Labelle,
Saint-Jérôme (Québec) J7Z 1X6

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Bonnie Baxter, Out to Sea, 2016
Photograph mounted on aluminum
Artist's proof
30,5 x 46 cm

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Museu do Côa
Rua do Museu
5150-610 Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Portugalcoa Museu, foz coa city, Portugal

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AUGUST 1, 2017 - 30 SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Opening of the 3rd Global Print 2017
On Tuesday, August 1, at 17:00, the Côa Museum inaugurates the 3rd Global Print 2017: "GLOBAL PRINT, GLOBAL ART, COMMUNICATION AND ... WHAT ELSE?", within the the International Print Douro Biennial, which will be on exhibition until September 30.

"The exhibition “3rd Global Print 2017”, inaugurated this year, offers visitors a collection of 543 artists from 67 countries from all the continents. Prints by renowned artists, professors, but also by many young graduates and students, are exhibited together in various collective exhibitions, emphasizing, cultural diversity, technical diversity, virtuosity and creative innovation, but above all else, the richness and excellence of communication through art, which is the true purpose of its existence and of the DOURO BIENNIAL.

Assuming the responsibility of being the unique Biennial of graphic work of the country, its evolution since its origin in 2001 placed it on an unimaginable level today, abreast of the most important biennials in the world. To prove this, we highlight the exhibition tribute to world-renowned artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Paula Rego, Vieira da Silva, Octave Landuyt, Gil Teixeira Lopes, Nadir Afonso, David de Almeida, Bartolomeu dos Santos, Júlio Pomar and others, but also by the breadth and internationality reached.

The partnership with the Côa Museum also proves the scale of this project, transforming the Douro into a true world capital of prehistoric engraving and contemporary printmaking."

Nuno Canelas – Curator/Global Print and the Douro Biennial

AUGUST 1, 2017 - 30 SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

The 40th Anniversary of Atelier de l'île de Val David

An artist run studio for contemporary print

Galerie R3, Biennale internationale d'estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (Québec)

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June 27 - September 15, 2017

Vernissage : Sunday, August 6, 2017, 2pm

Installation View


hors normes
2e édition de l'exposition XYLON hors normes
Maison de la culture Mercier
8105, rue Hochelaga, Montréal

January 15 - February 19, 2017

invited artists: Bonnie Baxter, René Derouin, Francine Simonin

Maison del la culture Mercier, Montréal (Québec)

Pour l’Art

Galerie B-312
April 22 - May 13, 2017
Montréal (Québec)

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© Pour l'art—Galerie B-312—2017

PAPIER 17- Foire d’art a l’Arsenal, Montréal (Québec)

21 April - 23 April, 2017

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hors normes

Du 3 septembre au 16 octobre, 2016 de 12h à 17h
September 3 - October 16, 2016 noon to 5pm

Galerie d'art Stewart Hall Gallery

176, chemin du Bord-du-Lac - Lakeshore
Pointe-Claire, h9s 4j7

Directions : Galerie Stewart Hall >

514 630-1300 poste 1778

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From September 3 to October 16, the Stewart Hall Art Gallery is pleased to present the works of 27 artists participating in the Xylon hors normes exhibition. In 2014 Xylon-Québec invited artists from all mediums to submit projects showcasing unconventional uses of relief printing. Joining the 24 selected artists are the three accomplished guest artists known for their practices that are as innovative as they are demanding. Without renouncing its origins, with the Xylon hors normes exhibition, the association is presenting a non-exhaustive look at the ground-breaking practices and helping to situate relief printing in a contemporary context.

invited artists

Bonnie Baxter, René Derouin, Francine Simonin

selected artists

Jocelyne Benoît, Marie-France Bertrand, Micheline Bertrand, Claudette Delisle
Nicole Doré-Brunet, Odette Ducasse, Élisabeth Dupond, Carole Fisette
Serge Foisy, Louis Hébert, Ingeborg Jürgensen Hiscox, Louise Ladouceur
Claire Lemay, Marie-Aline Lemay, Henriette Le Tellier, Odile Loulou
Brenda Malkinson, Anna Jane McIntyre, Rolande Pelletier, Sharon Robinson
Anaïs Ronceray, Sylvain Roy, Stella Sasseville, Deborah Wood

19 MARCH 19 — APRIL 30, 2016

La mort tragique
et prématurée de Jane

2020 rue William


february 27 to march 20, 2016

Jane's Journey


T : 438 385 1955

Jane's Journey est une partie d'une série para-autobiographique décrivant Jane comme un archétype de la beauté féminine. Son personnage solitaire se détourne de la caméra examinant le rôle du glamour et de la perte d'individualisation dans l'expression artistique. La série questionne la capacité des sociétés à isoler leurs propres expériences de l'existence fictive dépeinte par l'industrie de la culture, de la peinture et de la photographie au théâtre, à la littérature et au cinéma. C'est l'étrangeté dans les mises en scène, la dislocation du style avec le temps qui insistent sur l'individualité de Jane, sa conscience de soi, sa maturité malgré la pression sociale de se conformer. Son glamour vient de son mystère et vit malgré les postures délibérément non provocatrices qu'elle adopte. Elle ne cherche à plaire à personne sauf à elle-même.