Monthly Archives: June 2014

Love Story to Rotterdam

When Stylo met up with Dean Lomax recently the smile said a thousand words. This man is in love, with his life and his family, all enhanced with  his love for hockey and the journey that saw him realise his dream, to represent Australia and bring home a gold. Originally from Queensland, Dean began playing hockey at 9yo and quickly showed a skill that saw him picked for the Queensland team at 15. From here he expanded his passion through umpiring which became his main focus. It didn’t take long to became a high achiever, being the youngest umpire (at 16) for the division 1 men’s final. Always by his side is Dean’s beautiful wife Sharon. As childhood sweethearts Sharon has shared Deans journey and recalls that even at school he always declared ‘he wanted to play against the Netherlands’

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Since arriving in Bunbury in 1995 Dean has played at a highly competitive level which included him heading to Sydney in 2013 for the Nationals. While sustaining an injury he still kept his sights on his ultimate goal to play on the Australian team in the 2014 Masters Hockey World Cup in Rotterdam. The training continued with determination which was rewarded with a nomination as a reserve. He was 1 of 6 from WA. When jumping on that plane in May Dean said to Sharon he wanted 3 things out of the trip. 1) Prove that he should have been picked for the team and not reserve 2)Swap an Australian shirt for a Dutch shirt 3)Win Gold.

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And he achieved them all. Following almost a 3 weeks of training matches in Barcelona, Belgium and Tilburg, Dean’s first Australian goal was realised and he played every match at the Masters . In this time he developed an irreplaceable bond with the entire squad that extended to the players, supporters, trainers and WAGS. Says Dean “It was incredible. All the people were focused on 1 goal and all were so totally accepting and understanding of and amongst each other”.  When the team accomplished their dream the parties began. Finally saying goodbye both from Rotterdam and again at Dubai was an emotional time as they had all formed an obvious and unique bond – ‘Very special’

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‘To anybody who considers giving up their sport early – DONT’ are Dean’s words of wisdom. How does it feel to be a gold medallist in a world competition? ‘Next best thing in my life ever after marrying my wife and having 2 beautiful children’. And I expect Bunbury will see Dean on the global stage again in 2016 when he aims for the next Masters World Hockey Cup in Canberra. Check out more on the Road to Rotterdam through Dean’s own video diary ‘The Tilt’

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Thanks to Brooklyn for Men in Prinsep Street for kitting our star out in some pretty awesome gear. Bunbury has everything you need to make our Bunbury boy look Stylo on the world circuit.

Cuban Style Heading to Bunbury

Bunbury and Cuba may seem like an unlikely pairing but in a few short weeks Bunbury will have the opportunity to share the passion and drive of celebrated Art Collectors, Liz and Lloyd Horn who have been instrumental in bringing 2 unique and highly talented Cuban printmakers to WA. Liz and Lloyd  have arguably the most extensive collection of West Australian art so it is a pre-requisite when traveling that they also explore exhibitions, galleries and artists during their travels.

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2 years ago while in old Havana, Cuba, they stumbled on El Taller Experimental de Gráfica (The Experimental Graphics Studio). Founded in 1962 by mural artist Orlando Suarez with the support of Che Guevara, this studio/workshop is still thriving today. It is one of the most important graphic arts establishments in the country, preserving the old printmaking techniques and churning out some of the most significant works of graphic art in Havana. Many visual artists, poets, writers, and musicians are attracted to the TEG for the flavor of art that is produced as well as the unique gathering of artists who work and study there.

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There is also a small gallery—Galería del Grabado—upstairs which is a good place to buy art and it was here that Liz stumbled across a folio of 19 works by Norberto Marrero.  They instantly fell in love and purchased all 19 before heading off on a 2 week tour of the country.  While being seduced by the colour and culture of Cuba Lloyd could not take his mind off Norberto’s work and the fact that 19 was not a good number – he needed the 20th which was still hanging in the gallery. And so back in Havana they returned to Galería del Grabado and rather than find the allusive 20th print they discovered that Norberto had replenished his folder with an additional 36 prints.  While then visiting the Havana Biennale Liz and  Lloyd came across both Norberto’s work and that of his wife’s, Janette Brossard, further reinforcing the calibre of these artists.  The collection was complete and the Horns returned to Australia with their Cuban treasures.

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When Norberto returned to his workshop and discovered that the Australians had returned and purchased his full body of work he had to find them, and hence communication via email began.  With Lloyds continued passion for WA art he was intent on getting both Norberto and Janette to Australia with a number of aims to develop WA art, and in particular, printmaking. Hence communications with ECU began and through their support and funding our Cuban artists will arrive in Perth in the coming weeks.  While here they will run a number of workshops at both the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, and ECU Bunbury and Perth. BRAG will also host an exhibition of works.

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The significance of this liaison and visit is exceptional, and just as significant is that this will be the first time the artists and collectors will meet after 2 years of online friendship and collaboration. More on the artists and their works coming on Stylo……..

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