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Current Exhibit

Opening Reception

Friday July 14, 6-9PM

Gallery viewing is not available this week.  The gallery will be open August 22 from 1:30PM to 5:30PM and by appointment.  To schedule an appointment please call the gallery director Christopher Broughton at (805) 601-7530

Upcoming Exhibit

Opening Reception

Thursday September 7, 6-9PM

The gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30PM to 5:30PM and by appointment.  To schedule an appointment please call the gallery director Christopher Broughton at (805) 601-7530

Upcoming Exhibit –  L’optique féminine

Featured Artists:

Joyce Wilson

Magdalena

Nancy Lehrer

Makenzie Goodman

Lindsey Ross

Upcoming Concert

August 20, 2017 @ 3PM

Brogden Bay Presents

An Afternoon with Bettman & Halpin

August 20 at 3:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Eventbrite - Bettman & Halpin


Sunday Aug 20, 3PM

$25 prepaid
$30 at the door

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Bettman & Halpin play original Folk/Americana. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013.

Here is a brief compilation video that gives you a sense of the range of Bettman & Halpin!!

Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can also be found performing at various arts centers throughout the US and abroad, including the Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts: taking the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin’, to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including:

Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition
Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest
Most Wanted Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques

Their 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, reaching the top 10 and top 5 on the National Folk DJ chart and number 1 on The Roots Music Report.

“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.”
-Country Jukebox

“Just as EmmyLou Harris made her mark, Bettman is surely going to make hers…”
-Today’s Country


“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.”
– Maverick Magazine, UK

“…Each song took me to a place to which I wish to return to again and again. And I guess that is why it really does come back, comes back to a great love for what music can do. GET THIS CD!! Highly recommended!”
– Rik James, Americana Backroads KGLT-FM

“…A platform for Bettman’s emotive, Joan Baez-inspired vocals, as well as her award-winning fiddle playing, and Halpin’s head-spinning mandolin and guitar picking, and his velvety, close harmonies…”
– Music News Nashville

Stephanie Bettman is a true triple threat. An accomplished writer, singer, and fiddler: her lyrics are infused with wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. Vocally she draws comparison to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris. Meanwhile, her fiddling, which combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, is inspired by such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny GimbleA former actress and trapeze artist, Ms Bettman is at ease in front of an audience and creates authentic intimacy with her crowd no matter the size.

Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. A master of the guitar and the mandolin, impressive on fiddle, banjo, and adept at nearly anything he picks up. Halpin draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice and holds his own in comparison. A dynamic and sensitive vocalist himself, the harmony blend he and Ms Bettman achieve is chilling and at times simply transcendent. Halpin has a long history in the music biz, having shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band (to name a few). His quirky sense of humor is a perfect foil to Stephanie’s dry witty presence.

You may contact Steve Brogden by email at brogdenbay@gmail.com or by cell phone at 805.358.4970. Feel free to leave a voice mail. Steve will respond as soon as he is able.

This show is a joint effort between Four Friends Gallery, owned by Larry Janss, and Steve Brogden’s BrogdenBay Presents. Larry has been a decades-long supporter of arts and culture in Southern California. You may remember Steve for the three music series he hosted at Thousand Oaks Library for the eight years prior to his retirement in 2014.

Past Exhibit

June 2 – July 12, 2017

The gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30PM to 5:30PM and by appointment.  To schedule an appointment please call the gallery director Christopher Broughton at (805) 601-7530

Four Friends Gallery