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Art Basel-Inspired Artworks Unveiled at Grotto Hideaway

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2007-12-17 02:18:47     
Dade Heritage Trust; Urbaniza

Dade Heritage Trust, Miami-Dade County's largest historic preservation non-profit organization, and Urbaniza, a new model of urban real estate firm, today announced they will unveil artworks inspired by Art Basel Miami Beach at Dade Heritage Trust's holiday event, to be held at Coral Rock Village on Sunday, December 16.

The artworks were created by Lita Chow Yuen, the artist-in-residence at Coral Rock Village during Art Basel Week. Urbaniza sponsored Ms. Chow and created the artist-in-residence program to support the arts community and activity around Art Basel and enhance the architectural legacy at Coral Rock Village.

"My inspiration for the art was the massive scale of Art Basel and the cheerful, infectious Miami spirit," said Lita Chow Yuen, Belgian-born, Chinese artist. "Internationally, this is the most important art fair in the world and I wanted to honor founder Samuel Keller's final year leading the Fair, as well as welcome the incoming leaders Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Annette Schönholzer and Marc Spiegler."

"The revitalization of Coral Rock Village is a delightful example of a developer's creativity in giving new life to older structures and saving historic buildings," said Becky Matkov, Executive Director of Dade Heritage Trust.

"Ms. Chow's art is an homage to the international character of Art Basel and fits the new urbanism of Coral Rock Village," said Gladys Margarita Diaz-Jourdain, an architect, educator, art supporter and founder of Urbaniza.

Coral Rock Village consists of six renovated, furnished 1930s bungalows, a four car garage called "The Ruin," a moat, a cave and a truly Floridian coral rock landscape. It received the 2006 Dade Heritage Trust Preservation Award. It is available for short and long-term stays. Photos by award-winning architectural photographer Mike Butler are at http://www.coralrockvillage.com.

Photos of the Art Basel-inspired artwork will be available after the event. Photos of the artist's recent performance at Coral Rock Village are at http://www.urbanizarealty.com/images/crv2.jpg and http://www.urbanizarealty.com/images/crv3.jpg.

About Dade Heritage Trust

Dade Heritage Trust is the leading voice for historic preservation in Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1972 as a nonprofit, 501(c)3 membership organization, DHT works to preserve the architectural, cultural and environmental heritage of South Florida through advocacy, education and restoration. Efforts include restoring landmarks, working with the media and community leaders, publishing books and magazines, and presenting tours and historic programs for schools and the general public.

About Lita Chow Yuen

Lita Chow Yuen is an artist, fashion designer and photojournalist. Her message is simple: to encourage people to appreciate and enjoy life. Her performances revolve around a giant balloon, and illustrate life as a bubble, which can burst and end at any moment. Chow's performances raise awareness and funds for children in need. Visit http://www.lita-cy.com for more information.

About Urbaniza

Urbaniza combines urban design savvy with real estate brokerage and financing. It was founded in 1991 by Gladys Margarita Diaz-Jourdain, a professional with over 25 years' experience in urban design, Wall Street project finance and a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Cornell University. Together with Ray Jourdain, an equally experienced marketing and real estate professional, they provide insight and successful tactics for the current real estate market.

The name "Urbaniza" originates from the Spanish word for "urbanize" -- "to impart urban habits and ways of life." It is the main concept around which the company operates. For more information, visit http://www.urbaniza-usa.com, email info@urbanizarealty.com, or call 1.800.345.6156 or 305.648.2484.

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