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Vantage Point by Ya La’ford

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present Vantage Point by Ya La’ford. The acclaimed artist’s new exhibition will feature a selection of imposing, welded-steel geometric installations, along with several illustrative works on canvas. La’ford’s innovative exhibition staging will encourage a new form of exploration and connectivity. The collection will be on view in the Pompano Beach Cultural Center Art Gallery from January 10, 2020 through April 2, 2020. Free opening reception on January 10, 2020 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. For more information,

As an installation artist, La’ford is best known for her signature use of wall-to-wall recurring geometric patterns including her highly regarded infusion of hypnotizing LED luminaries. For this exhibition, she will activate the gallery in an all-encompassing fashion, from floor to ceiling, allowing guests to travel through the exhibition by following the lines and intersections in a way that creates meaning for them.

“Ya La’ford’s work challenges viewers to see the patterns and cycles in nature,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “This exhibition becomes a symbolic map of the universe created from her vision which she invites us to explore.”

La’ford’s work finds serenity through interconnecting lines, which to her represents a metaphorical journey to communicate humanity’s unseen experiences echoed through diverse but shared accounts. Through La’ford’s work, she finds interest in the role geometry plays in the physical experience and material worlds while the synchronicity of the universe is determined by certain mathematical constants which express themselves in the form of patterns and cycles in nature.

 This is the second major Pompano Beach project for La’ford. Prior, she had an artistic residency at the library in Collier City working with youth to create art pieces as part of a public art program. When the project was completed, she suggested incorporating some of the students’ creations into a new concept which helped inspire this installation.

Photo Courtesy of Kay Renz Public Relations

Pompano Beach Cultural Center presents

Thought Patterns by Lori Arbel

January 10, 2020 – April 2, 2020

Opening reception: January 10, 2020 6:00PM – 9:00PM | FREE

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to announce its newest exhibition, Thought Patterns, by artist Lori Arbel. Her work captivates audiences with intricate layers of ink, paint and other markings applied with numerous mediums on canvas. The opening reception will be held Friday, January 10 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center from 6pm-9pm and is free to the public. The exhibition will run until April 2, 2020 For more information,

“Lori is a remarkable talent who employs a dramatic way of creating her art,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “She doesn’t use an easel, but instead she lays the surface on the table of her studio, constantly moving around it, working from each side and angle until the artwork is complete. Creating in this manner allows her the freedom to engage in the piece in its entirety and not from just one perspective.”

Understanding her signature style is especially important for this exhibition, as her works explore the inner psyche including the monotonous tasks of everyday life. Using marks and a reduced, neutral palette, the artist delves into thought patterns to question how we connect, respond, and make our mark on the world. Arbel embraces emotional introspection for content; creative expression as dialogue. Pen and ink lines, handmade paper and geometric shapes allow her to express depth, texture and pattern that result in visually energetic and meditative renderings. The imperfections of the handmade paper and pops of gold illustrate metaphor, transforming sometimes negative energy into something beautiful.

About Ya La’ford:

Maintaining her studio work in both Tampa Bay and New York, Ya La’Ford is a professor, visual painter, installation artist and muralist, with a MFA from The Art Institute of Boston and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Florida. Her work can be seen across the country from the Boston Public Library to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

 About Lori Arbel

Lori Arbel is a native Florida-based mixed media artist and teacher whose works explore the relationship between the aesthetic and meditative value of an image. Influenced by thought patterns and everyday life, her work helps clear blockages of boredom, anxiety, sadness or negative thoughts moving into higher, healthier, positive, happy states. 

She lives with her family in Parkland where her creativity continues in her home-based studio. Graduating with a BFA in photography & BS/MS degree in Art Education, Lori has always had a passion & connection for learning & teaching. She’s enjoyed working with young adults/adults in NYC & Broward County for over 17 years. Whether finding joy in the art process or making meaningful connections with students, Lori offers a positive & energetic perspective on life. She is an advocate for art as a tool for positive mental health.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance, and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely House. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.