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"Sinfonis d'Autunno" -- The Woodblock World of Mariaelisa Leboroni
October 1 through November 15, 2010

Meet Mariaelisa Leboroni at the reception
Thursday, October 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
- Phyllis Diller

A restless princess endures the antics of a band of mischievous elephants. A military officer gasps as her slip and blonde curls escape the confines of her uniform. A hapless pedestrian loses her spectacles to a naughty wind. In a merry riot of color and decoration, these characters and many more parade through life's vagaries as they celebrate "Sinfonia d'Autunno" -- autumn's symphony.

Castle in the Air is delighted to present this witty collection of 18 embellished fabric prints from master Italian xylographia artist Mariaelisa Leboroni. Known in the United States primarily for her cheerful prints and book covers, Leboroni now introduces to us a cast of good-humored souls who -- adorned with seashells, jewelry, and other decorations -- continue to smile, dance, even skip rope in the face of unexpected upset.

Xylography is a venerable woodblock printing technique once widely practiced throughout Europe and Asia, but now the domain of a diminishing number of artisans. A resident of Perugia, Italy, Mariaelisa Leboroni dedicated herself to the art more than 40 years ago, founding the Xilocart studio and amassing a portfolio including fine art prints, books, stationery, games, ex libris bookplates, her own Tarot deck, and more.

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"A Studio for the Imagination," Castle in the Air's shop and classroom have inspired local and visiting artists since 2001. Since its opening in 2009, the gallery in our upstairs loft has quite literally taken the inspiration to new heights and provided a venue to showcase current and historical works.

Gallery open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day
Free reception with light refreshments
Thursday, October 21, 6 - 9 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 or [email protected].