MIAMI – February 11, 2015 – Miami Jewish Health Systems, one of the largest providers of healthcare for seniors in the Southeast, has commissioned two local artists to paint murals on the walls of their Douglas Gardens campus, building an artistic bridge between the health system’s campus and the local community.
Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary in the South Florida community, Miami Jewish has cared for thousands of seniors over the years, many who live here with memory issues. To protect each of its residents, the campus sits behind large walls that the facility wants to symbolically “tear down” with murals of trees that will pay homage to the flora and fauna that this campus at Douglas Gardens is known for.
“With the help of a couple of young local artists, we are going to paint our bare walls that face north and south on NE 2nd Avenue to give the community something beautiful to see and celebrate the wisdom and life of those who we serve and live amongst,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Freimark. “These murals will create an aesthetic bond between our campus and the community, connecting us to our vibrant neighbors in Little Haiti as well as the nearby Buena Vista, Design District, Midtown and Wynwood.”
The Miami Jewish murals will be completed by February 28th, the date of the facility’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala, which will be held on campus. During the event, there will be an official unveiling held during the gala.
About the Artists:
Rey Jaffet‘s unique artistic style encompasses modern realism along with urban influences. Jaffet recently graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School and now attends New World School of the Arts. He has worked under renowned local artists Miguel Paredes, David “LeBo” LeBatard and Enrique “Sero” Cruz. His art has been displayed in galleries during the past three Art Basel festivals and he has also live painted for major corporations such as Samsung, 7Up and Ultra Music Festival.
Enrique “Sero” Cruz has been making waves in the graffiti-art scene since the 1980s. His unique artistic style encompasses classic and modern realism along with urban influences. Cruz’s work has been published in countless magazines and articles in the US and abroad as well as having been featured in several books and on television.