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Pont Des Arts for

April 1 through May 15, 2010
Reception, book signing, and illustrated talk by Leonard Pitt
Wednesday, April 7, 6 p.m.

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."
- Ernest Hemingway

The invention of the postcard in 1869 sparked a communication revolution equal to the birth of email in our own day. The postcard industry boomed in fashionable Paris, with Parisians and tourists alike enthralled by this quick, informal way of sending messages and hand-tinted photographs of the city they loved. At the turn of the century, France was producing one million cartes postales a day.
Castle in the Air invites you to view a Paris captured at the height of this golden age. Berkeley collector Leonard Pitt shares over 70 postcards showing life in the c
ity's boulevards, streets, shops, dance halls, and cafés. Pitt's accompanying notes take viewers on the ultimate nostalgia trip, revealing social and architectural details of a Paris that has, for the most part, vanished.
Leonard Pitt is the bestselling author of Walks Through Lost Paris, Paris Postcards: The Golden Age, and the forthcoming Paris: A Journey Through Time. He will give a talk and book signing at the Paris Captured opening reception the evening of April 7.

triptych of three Paris postcards

Pictured above are three postcards from Paris Captured (left to right): Rue Mouffetard, Le Moulin Rouge, and Rouelle Sourdis et Rue de Beauce. The image at the top of the page is Le Pont des Arts.

"A Studio for the Imagination," Castle in the Air's shop and classroom have inspired local and visiting artists since 2001. Castle in the Air's new gallery in the upstairs loft quite literally takes the inspiration to new heights and provides a venue to showcase current and historical works.

Gallery open 12 - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday
Reception, book signing, and illustrated talk by Leonard Pitt
Wednesday, April 7, 6 p.m.

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Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94710

(510) 204-9801,

Direct all media inquiries to Clint Marsh
at the above number