On the walls: the art you need to see this week

This week: a street art bike tour, extreme painting vernissage, Hot Sluts & Poutine finissage, Shona sculpture in Beaconsfield and the best art-related app ever.

“Persian Colonnade” (detail), by Dale Chihuly (2008). Photo by Terry Rishel.

A lot of the galleries are closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go out and get your art on.

This afternoon, street art aficionado Cam Novak leads a bike tour to some of the city’s best murals and wall pieces, the tour’s third installment thus far. Meet-up July 11 behind Foufounes (87 Ste-Catherine E.), 6-10 p.m., weather permitting, $10/PWYC

“Trompe ponctive,” oil on canvas, 2013, by Pierre-Yves Girard, part of the Stretch extreme painting exhibition at Galerie d’Este.

The ongoing series of extreme painting shows at several galleries around the city continues this week, with the vernissage for Stretch, featuring works by Paul Bourgault, Pierre-Yves Girard and Andy Curlowe. The artists, like others in this emergent genre, are concerned with an excess of movement, often depicted in complex layers of brash colour and a very physical painting style. July 11-28, Galerie d’Este (1329 Greene), vernissage Thursday, July 11, 5-8 p.m.

While mostly the Belgo is pretty quiet, there’s a vernissage this week for Rhythmes Circadiens, a fundraising group exhibition featuring 20 artists. Vernissage July 11, Circa (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine W., #444), 3-5:30 p.m.

Hot Sluts and Poutine have been on the walls at BBAM! gallery for the last month, and the pair of smut-centred artists close out the show with a finissage on Friday, July 12. 3255 St-Jacques, 6-10 p.m.

A little farther afield in Beaconsfield, there’s a large show and sale featuring Shona sculpture, with Zimbabwean artist Simon Chidharara carving live on-site, for a family-friendly art field trip. July 13-21, Beaconsfield Park (288 Beaconsfield), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Finally, for those who like to play with their art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts released a free app in support of the visiting exhibition by mind-boggling surrealist sculptural glass blower Dale Chihuly. Chihuly: Utterly Amazing lives up to the name, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. The app lets you create Chihuly-like designs by blowing into your phone’s mic, then playing with the colour and shape before editing them into larger sculptures. Exhibit on through Oct. 8, MMFA (1380 Sherbrooke W.), $8.70-$17.50; app available only in the Apple Store, free ■


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