Meet The Team

Richard Sills

Gallery Manager

Richard joins Sun Valley Contemporary Gallery with a wealth of experience in the art world. As a third generation Gallerist and having worked with some of the world's top artists and modern masters, Richard feels he has found his career and life home in the beautiful Northern Rocky Mountains with Sun Valley Contemporary Gallery. 

 

Richard brings his knowledge, humor, and natural ability to understand a wide variety of client’s art needs to help them enhance their collections.

 

“For me the art business is a service business. It is our privilege to help people enhance their home or workspace with beauty!”

Tara Ryan

Senior Art Consultant

Tara grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to a mountain town "for a winter" in 2003. 

 

“I love everything about the mountains and when I'm not in the Gallery I'm out exploring or painting them. I studied Art and Marketing in College and have worked in those fields for the majority of my career. Seeing how a particular painting can overwhelm the viewer with pure joy is one of my favourite things about being an Art Consultant.” 

 

Drink of Choice: A Dusty's Voyager is a great way to end the ski day

Miakoda Tibbits

Art Consultant

Being the daughter of a military personnel, Mia moved around a lot growing up and has never called one singular place home. She moved to Sun Valley in 2023 to be closer to family. Her favorite part of joining the gallery has been getting to know the deeper story each artist is trying to convey and getting to share that with the people who walk through the door.


“Growing up there was always some form of art taking place in my house. Whether it was my mother painting, me practicing pirouettes, or my sister learning a new piece on violin we always had the chaos of beautiful art filling our home, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

 

Drink of Choice: Cosmopolitan

Tara Wolters

COO

Tara grew up on Vancouver Island and eventually landed in Vancouver to head to Business School. Craving the small town feel again, she moved up to Squamish and started working at Off Piste Fine Arts Ltd (DBA: Sun Valley Contemporary Gallery) as our COO. Bringing over 20 years of experience in luxury retail, distribution and management, she is excited to explore her new direction in the art world. 

Andria Friesen

Advisory Board

With over 35 years of experience as a gallery owner, Andria's approach is intimate; she's kept a tight roster of artists, ensuring she understands the narratives of each artwork. Andria believes in the importance of the backstory, and it's this unique perspective that's formed the core of her previous gallery's mission in Ketchum and Seattle (Friesen Gallery). Andria has graciously accepted working as an advisor for the Sun Valley Contemporary Gallery.

 

In 2009 Andria composed and published Speak For The Trees. A 200-page hardcover book featuring 76 important artists from around the world and poignant offerings by 70+ significant authors throughout history.

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