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Past Exhibits

March 24 – May 9, 2017

Zoë Marieh Urness – Native Americans:  Keeping the Traditions Alive

Zoë Marieh Urness – Native Americans:  Keeping the Traditions Alive


Opens New Photography Exhibition


The Photography of Zoë Marieh Urness 

Native Americans:  Keeping the Traditions Alive

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – The Four Friends Gallery will hold a Public Opening Reception on March 24, 2017 from 6-9 pm of its latest exhibition: Native Americans: Keeping the Traditions Alive.  The exhibition will run through May 12, 2017.  Gallery viewings are always posted at the top of this page for the week and by appointment.  The show will feature the works of Zoë Marieh Urness, and include a selection of original photogravures by Edward S. Curtis.  Also on display will be ancient native Anasazi and Mimbris pottery.

            Zoë Marieh Urness is an Alaskan Tlingit and Cherokee Native American whose portraits of modern Native people in traditional regalia and settings aim to send a message; “We are here. And, through our traditions, we are thriving.”  Her unique style fuses documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the ancestral strength of her subjects. Her most recent works include images from the spiritual movement at Standing Rock, North Dakota an experience about which she says:  “As a native photographer from the Tlingit & Cherokee tribes, being able to witness history unfold in an array of events only predicated through prophesy has left me Forever Changed and reunited with my cultural roots instilled in me as a child. Power of prayer and council. Belief in the spiritual workings from ancient times is a weapon that doesn’t need violence to win. History has been made in the unity of us all, spreading healing all around. On December 5th, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, military veterans march in support of the water protectors.”

Educated at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, Zoë’s current project focuses exclusively on sharing beautiful, powerful images of indigenous Americans and the lands and traditions they hold dear. She has recently visited the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Hopi at Second Mesa, the Apache Crown Dancers at Monument Valley, and the Alaskan natives at the biennial Celebration in Juneau. She has showed abroad in the United Kingdom, and made show appearances at Photo L.A., Art Basel Miami, the Heard Market in Arizona, and Native Treasures in Santa Fe. She has made two appearances on the plaza at the Santa Fe Indian Market, winning three blue ribbons, including Best in Division and Best in Category. Recently the Autry Museum recognized her recent image, Keeping Traditions Alive, as best in her division.

“I was raised to have pride in my culture and to know the importance of keeping Native American traditions alive,” says Urness. “I feel deeply connected to my native heritage, and my recent body of work is the first phase of my expression of that connection.”

            Edward S. Curtis:  At the beginning of the 20th century, Edward S. Curtis worked in the belief that he was in a desperate race against time to document, with film, sound and scholarship, the North American Indian before white expansion and the federal government destroyed what remained of their natives’ way of life.  His photographs represent ideals and imagery designed to create a timeless vision of Native American culture at a time when modern amenities and American expansion had already irrevocably altered the Indian way of life. Curtis biographer, Laurie Lawlor, wrote, “Curtis was far ahead of his contemporaries in sensitivity, tolerance and openness to Native American cultures and ways of thinking.”

            ‘Mimbres’ is the term used to designate a sub region of the Mogollon cultural tradition centered on the Mimbres and Rio Grande Valleys of the Arizona/New Mexico border region. The ‘Classic Mimbris’ phase, which spanned from approximately 1000 to 1150 AD, is particularly known for its distinctive pottery characterized by painted bowls decorated with geometric and figural designs in black on a white background.

For information, please visit the gallery website: and the Facebook page at and Email or call the gallery director Christopher Broughton at 805-601-7530.

February 24 – March 22, 2017  Open Intake Exhibition

The Open Intake Exhibit was a great success and the Four Friends Gallery truly thanks all that participated.  We are planning on holding this event once a year so please stay in touch if you would like to participate in 2018!  Be sure to “Like” and “Follow” us on our Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any of our future events!  Four Friends Gallery Facebook Page

The Four Friends Gallery held a Public Opening Reception on March 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm of its premier exhibit, “Open Intake” and first in a series of gallery shows.

The exhibit at the Four Friends Gallery included 123 pieces of original photography from over 40 local professional artists. Sizes range from 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches “Tiny Photographs” by Larry Janss to 6 feet by 4 feet by Sol Hill.  Four Friends is located at 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. This exhibit, which held its “soft” opening on February 24, closes on Wednesday, March 22nd. Gallery hours for this show are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 5:30 PM and by appointment.  (click link for press release)

The Four Friends Gallery wants to thank everyone that came out for the opening for our Open Intake Exhibit at The Four Friends Gallery. We now have on display 123 images from 40 different artists! What an amazing opening for the gallery and we now have the work by Hugo MartinezSetareh Shiva Starseed VatanKilho ParkTim MeyerNino RakichevichTamara SantanaJerry Cowart Original Fine Art PhotographyNancy LehrerAmy Barnard, Mike Beyburn, Bill DebleyLarry WhiteDavid Paul LeightonBrower ShoshanaRoy PatienceSean NaugleDarrel PriebeJoann PecoraroKelly Mitchell, Steve Galbreath, Tracy Breshears, Lloyd Delaney, Kiel RuckerJoyce Wilson, Don Honus, Eli Peer, Eliot Crowley, Hanna Harader, Sean KilmurrayLarry JanssSol HillChristopher Broughton PhotographySeth de RouletGina PapadakisAli ShahrouziShirin Bolourchi, and Eryn Brydon on the walls of the gallery!

Open Call to Photographic Artists

Art Intake @ The Four Friends Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday February 24, 2017 6-9PM @ The Four Friends Gallery
Images On Exhibit: February 24, 2017 – March 22, 2017

Delivery of Artwork: 1:00PM – 6:00PM on February 21th, and February 22th, 2017 at The Four Friends Gallery

Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Please join our juried open themed photography exhibition.

Questions please email

The Answers to most of your Questions:

What is an Art Intake:  This is open to for everyone!  This is a photography exhibit.   You don’t have to apply, it is an OPEN intake and those that submit their “ready to hand art” first are in the show until my walls are filled.  It is my goal to hang 100 pieces of photographic art for our first show.  I have over 200 linear feet of wall space in the gallery!  I set a limit of 3 pieces maximum per person.  If there is a huge response I might not be able to hang everyone’s 3ed piece.

Fee:  There is a fee of $5 dollars per piece paid when delivering artwork along with the completed intake form.  If you would like an intake form please request one at

Sales:  All artwork is for sale unless labeled not for sale.  Split is 65/35 – artist/gallery.

Intake Dates:  February 21st & 22nd 1-6PM at the gallery.

Opening Reception Date:  February 24th, 2017, 6-9PM

Pick up Dates: March 22 and March 23, 1:00PM – 6:00PM at the gallery.