By Raymond Biesinger, from his new collection of black and white illustrations.

On the walls: the week in art

What’s up this week in art: new exhibits, book and magazine launches, tons of arts and crafts for sale.

“Tryptique,” by Éric Godin, 2007.

There’s no shortage of artsy stuff to do this week, with art book and magazine launches, numerous art markets and hella vernissages for photographic, comic, illustration and painting exhibits.

Montréal Créative, a new collaborative initiative put together by ARTV, Massivart and others, launches tonight, with a party at the ARTV studio featuring a presentation of work by fashion designer Elissa C-Rossow. ARTV Studio (175 Ste-Catherine W.), 4 p.m.

The CCA continues its series of open salons, workshops, displays and other events exploring our contemporary city as part of the on-going ABC:MTL exhibition. This week, catch a talk with exhibit curator John Zeppetelli and Nicholas Baier about the intersections between technology and artistic creation, followed by a sonic installation by Audiotopie and performance by sound artist Jean-Pierre Aubé. Dec. 13, CCA (1920 Baile), talk at 5 p.m., Audiotopie performance at 6 p.m., Jean-Pierre Aubé at 7 p.m., all free.

He’s been around practising for over 25 years, and now Quebec artist Éric Godin is the artist behind ExpGoDIN, a wide array of works from over the course of his career, including sculptures and paintings. Vernissage Dec. 13, Galerie Zephyr 2112 (2112 Amherst), 5 p.m.

Parc Avenue’s beloved Galerie Âme-Art hosts its annual end-of-year Artists Exposition, which features some of the venue’s most revered artists and collaborators. Pieces will be on sale and on display. Vernissage Dec. 13, Galerie Ame-Art (5345 Parc), 6-9 p.m.

When the brothers Bromberg embarked on a journey to Bangladesh, Nepal and Japan, naturally, they brought along their cameras. The results are two very different styles and mediums documenting their adventure: film and photograph, on display as Dichotomy(ie) at the new Espace Cercle Carré venue in Griffintown (the child of the art-collective of the same name). Vernissage Dec. 13, Espace Cercle Carre (36 Queen), 7-10 p.m.

By Raymond Biesinger, from his new collection of black and white illustrations.

Catch up with our featured December print issue artist Raymond Biesinger, who launches his latest book, Black and White Illustrations by Raymond Biesinger, this week. Dec 13, Librairie D&Q (211 Bernard W.), 7 p.m., free

Galerie Graff is doing a wee bit of fundraising, with a new show and calendar to go with. Check out work by a tonne of local artists, including comics by Julie Doucet, and there will be a wide variety of goodies for sale. Galerie Graff (963 Rachel E.), 6 p.m., free

Brought to you in part by the Artivistic Collective, Fuse Magazine and Centre des Arts Actuels Skol is the magazine launch for FUSE 36-1/Promiscuous Infrastructures ou la lutte pour l’invention de possibles. It’s the magazine’s first-ever bilingual issue and deals extensively with social issues such as the student strikes that took place in spring and summer. Boncha Immigrantz will be performing on site. Launch Dec. 14, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine W., #314), 5:30-10 p.m.

Free to register, free to attend, this year marks the inaugural Plant Art Market, a chance for artists to share and display their work with other artists and art lovers. Dec. 16, 185 Van Horne #5, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you haven’t gotten your fix (or your Christmas gifts) of crafty goodness at the annual artisan sales, this weekend’s Christmas Puces Pop, a three-day sale of the very best in artist-made wares. Dec. 14-16 at Église-Saint-Enfant Jésus (5035 St-Dominique), free entry.

If you’re more interested in picking up some art pieces, several galleries are also selling off some swag. LNDMRK is hosting a Christmas pop-up shop, including wall art, screenprints, clothing and other gift ideas. Dec. 17-18, LNDMRK (550 Beaumont), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can also check out discount outsider-ish art canvases at Blood Money 2. Piranha Bar (680 Ste-Catherine W.), Dec. 15, 7 p.m., $2 entry (includes free raffle ticket)

For those of you keener to make art than to see it, Dec. 14 is your last chance to pitch a printmaking project proposal to Arprim. ■

By Emily Raine and Kristen Theodore.

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