The first four artists-in-residence told me they loved their time at Gunyah, it's so quiet and serene. I stayed at Gunyah briefly on the weekend and welcomed being back in this familiar peaceful place, a marked contrast to my busy noisy city home. 

John Fries plaque at Gunyah, photo by Kath Fries

It was nice to see Dad's plaque on the wall, it wasn't yet up a few months ago when I last visited. This week is the second anniversary of his death, still so sad and sorely missed. Gunyah holds many warm memories of him amongst family and friends. The second John Fries Memorial Art Prize will open next week at Viscopy, its wonderful that so many people loved, respected and remember him. I'm glad that we're able to share this special place through the Gunyah artist-in-residence program - it really reflects Dad's supportive nature, generous spirit and openness.

Kath Fries, August 2011

Gunyah waterfront, photo by Kath Fries