Andria has been enthusiastically involved with the Wellness Festival on various levels for nearly twenty years. In addition to hosting select events, sponsoring speakers, and serving on the board, most notably in 2014 she prompted the addition of Environment to the original three pillars of the Wellness Festival; Body, Mind, and Spirit. In 2017, as newly elected President, Andria spearheaded the change of both date and venue for the Festival and in early 2018 she initiated the vote for the new identity; Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference.
“The time and passion I am devoting to SVWFC is my contribution to this community that has been so generous to me. Paying it forward is both an honor and rewarding”. -AF
Andria Friesen moved to Idaho in 1986 to open Friesen Gallery Sun Valley, which she still maintains. The Gallery represents select artists of international and national recognition working in the mediums of painting and sculpture. Friesen Gallery Seattle was Andria’s additional endeavor from 1990-2012. 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.