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This month in London: "Beyond the Grand Canal" art exhibition by Lesley Banks

"Mask and Heart" by Lesley Banks

ABOVE: Mask and Heart by Lesley Banks, from "Beyond the Grand Canal" at London's Heartbreak Gallery.

Lesley Banks, a Glasgow-based artist, is featured in a new show titled "Beyond the Grand Canal" at the Heartbreak Gallery in London. The exhibition consists of 50 oil paintings and works on paper about people and scenes in Venice, Italy.

According to the exhibition's e-catalog, the exhibition was inspired by "the charismatic and charming people Banks met whilst in Venice. The beguiling Fiora Gandolfi was central to her discovery of a more intimate view of the City as she welcomed Banks into her world. We see glimpses of Gandolfi's glorious home, a visit to her favorite expresso bars and a trip to the Rialto fish market at dawn. Peering through the bedroom windows, we see a view of one of the many waterways and watch the mist forming across the lagoon. Through this intimate portrait, Venice comes alive and beckons you once more."

Lesley Banks was born in 1962 in Denny, Sterlingshire and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She has exhibited extensively since 1988 in London and in Glasgow, where she continues to live and work.

"Beyond the Grand Canal" runs from October 12 through November 11, 2012. For more information, or to view JPEG images of the 50 works of art online, visit the Heartbreak Gallery's Web site at www.heart-break.co.uk.

BELOW: A café in the Campo Santa Margherita, and fog on the Riva degli Schiavoni.

Cafe in the Campo Santa Margherita, by Lesley Banks

Fog on the Riva degli Schiavoni, by Lesley Banks

Images courtesy of Lesley Banks and the Heartbreak Gallery, London.

Venice's new Vaporetto dell'Arte: A poor value at list price, but there IS a way to save.


ABOVE: Watch our short video of the Vaporetto dell'Arte on Venice's Grand Canal.

Update: Service on this route was suspended in October, 2013.

The new Vaporetto dell'Arte is Venice's aquatic answer to "hop on, hop off" sightseeing buses. It runs up and down the Grand Canal, stopping at many of the city's cultural sites.

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, there's a catch: The price of a standard ticket is obscene. Unless you're rich--and a spendthrift, at that--you'd be foolish to pay the 24-euro fare.

Still, there is a way to save dramatically on the price of a ticket while extending the ticket's validity beyond the usual 24 hours. For details, read our new Vaporetto dell'Arte article (which includes photos and practical advice) at Veniceforvisitors.com.