Arts Events Galore on Second Friday

This evening, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (Lincoln Avenue at Paru Street) will host an opening reception for artist Michael Valentine from 7 to 9 p.m. His show at the center will be open for viewing through Aug. 3.

“I have been creating abstracts in pastel for 13 years,” Valentine said. “The materials [used over the years] have changed but the joy in setting the life in my heart free in line and color remains the same.”

Artist Patti Heimburger will open a show from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Frank Bette’s satellite gallery in Eyewise Optometry in the Nob Hill Shopping Center on Blanding. “I have a fondness for sculpture and developed the lumpy, uneven surface to add depth, dimension, character and distinction to my paintings,” she said.

The PopUp Gallery is celebrated its first anniversary with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening at 1517 Park St. It is also opening an exhibition that includes the work of several Bay Area artists: Estelle Akamine (sculpture), Gabriel Bungardt (painting), Michelle Fredrick (drawing), Dolores Gray (collage), Carrie Ann Plank (printmaking), Stephanie Rigsby (photography), Nicki Schrager (photography) and Maya Whitner (sculpture)

“This highly anticipated collection is a feast for the senses, exciting not only the visual and tactile reflexes, but also delving into the intangible world of intimacy, emotion and personal relationships,” said gallery directors Bungardt and Fredrick.

Janet Levaux