Artist Spotlight: “Let Love Guide Your Way”
Lloyd Goradesky’s background in art and design has enabled him to master a wide range of mediums to express his unique artistic vision. Whether focusing on film, photography, sculpture, metalworks or kinetic art, each of his projects is imbued with a powerful social message that inspires community engagement. The uniting theme in his work is that each project reflects an aspect of our lives, culture and society that warrants having light shined on it; shares a powerful social message; and inspires community engagement.
Goradesky is widely recognized for his award-winning iconic public art projects that is widely recognized for his award-winning iconic public art projects that allow the community to experience art in their daily life, while creating social interaction and encouraging dialogue. One example is the world-renowned epic ‘Gator in the Bay’ project, which illuminated the importance of the Everglades to Florida’s eco-system. A highlight of Art Basel 2012 and 2013, the ‘World’s Largest Floating Alligator’, the size of a football field that floated in Biscayne Bay, was made of 104 individual floating art tiles, each featuring over 3000 unique photographic images of the Everglades. In keeping with the focus on the environment, Goradesky used recycled junkyard materials to create the gator’s head – a 3-story steel sculpture, complete with a movable upper jaw. A 4-year, $1 million-dollar project, the Gator in the Bay is currently touring Europe.
Goradesky’s early work in photography was dedicated to the beauty of nature and wildlife. The exhibit and corresponding coffee table book, ‘Caged Free: Animal Survival in Captivity’, highlighted the human aspects of animals and birds – their humor, curiosity and familial tendencies, including unconditional love for their children.
‘Let LOVE Guide Your Way: A Film About Kindness’ is the next phase of Goradesky’s most recent public art project. "Let LOVE Guide Your Way". As a commission for the Bi-Annual international Kinetic Art Festival in Boynton Beach, Goradesky created a 16-foot fully functioning WeatherVane. By featuring cut-out heart shapes and a Cupid’s Arrow on top, the WeatherVane became the iconic representation of a Celebration of Kindness and Universal Love. Inspired by the overwhelming response to ‘Let LOVE Guide Your Way’, the project evolved into a movement to celebrate, teach and educate Kindness at a time when our world needs it more than ever. The most-visited display at the Art Festival, credited as the driving force in the City of Boynton Beach being named America’s Most Romantic City by TripAdvisor, 2019.
Goradesky’s many award-winning projects have been featured in national and international publications, television – including National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS – as well as radio, cable and internet programs. He has garnered multiple awards within the art and design industries, and he continues to create unique commissions for high profile residential and commercial projects.
Over a nearly 4-decade radio broadcasting career, Ellen Jaffe has been a voice for women. She broke ground as one of the first female Afternoon radio hosts, a time slot traditionally held by men. During her 19 years as PM Drive host on South Florida #1-rated WLYF, she was a two-time winner of the ‘Achievement in Radio’ Award for ‘Best Afternoon Personality in South Florida’ (1996 and 2001). In 2011, Ellen was named a finalist as ‘Best Afternoon Host at a Large Market Music Station’ for the National Association of Broadcasters’ prestigious Marconi Award.
Ellen found her true passion when she began hosting the weekly Community Affairs program, ‘South Florida Spotlite’. With Author and Publisher of ‘Balance Magazine for Women’, Susie Levan, Ellen co-founded ‘Bee You Radio’, a weekly half-hour radio talk show dedicated to inspiring women to achieve
their dreams, featuring a wide range of notable guests, from Tony Robbins and Dr. Mehmet Oz, to Bette Midler and Janet Bray Atwood.
After becoming Community Affairs Director at WFEZ, Easy 93.1, Ellen set the gold standard for radio involvement in Community Service. Her fundraising and awareness initiatives focusing on Domestic Violence, Breast Cancer Awareness, Education for Children, and Inspiration for Young Girls, helped
elevate Easy 93.1 to #1 in the Nielsen ratings, and earned the radio station multiple nominations for the National Association of Broadcasters ‘Service to America’ Award. In 2019, Ellen was honored to accept the Inaugural ‘Community Partner of the Year’ award from the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. Most recently, Ellen has found a new niche as an in-demand Emcee / Moderator of Virtual ‘Zoom’ Charity events and panels.
An animal lover and voracious reader, Ellen also advocates for pet adoption, and engagement with our