ALAMEDA -- On July 12, Frank Bette Center for the Arts hosted the opening reception of new paintings by Alameda artist and musician Michael Valentine.

The show, which runs through Aug. 3, is hung in the Signature Salon and aptly entitled "Line and Color: The Life of the Heart." These works are all done in pastel on paper and are heavily influenced by the work of Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy and Vasily Kandinsky. Valentine was inspired by these early modern masters while still in elementary school.

"My teacher would take us on school trips to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City," Valentine said. "I would return to my desk inspired and immediately start drawing happily allowing my pencil or colored crayons to wander across a desk or scrap of paper."

Valentine has been primarily a musician for most of his life. He was a recording artist in New York for many years and has recorded six solo albums. He has done background vocals and production support for Lou Reed and has written a song that was recorded by Ray Charles, entitled "Just Because."

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