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Art Basel Miami Beach is underway, and art lovers alike are gathering around the city all in the name of art. (Source: CBS4)

Art Basel Miami Beach is underway, and art lovers alike are gathering around the city all in the name of art. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Art Basel Miami Beach is bigger than ever, especially at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Two hundred and fifty of the worlds top galleries are featuring works by the best 20th century masters Wednesday’s private preview day. Hundreds of art aficionados, from all points of the globe, gather to see every inch of the signature art fair.

“The quality of the art is unmatched,” Rene Kamm of Art Basel said. “You find it here, but then Miami has that groove, the way of life, the good weather, the beach… the things we do outside the fair.”

Across the street from the convention center is Design Miami—where it’s a global showcase of the best in interior design and furnishings.

Design Miami is a feast for the eyes for anyone who appreciates creative design in interiors

Satellite art fairs are all over town. South Beach hotels feature their own exhibits. At Shore Club, the Mallick Williams gallery from New York is having a poolside show with several of New York’s cutting edge artists.

Down the street at the Shelbourne is CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo’s favorite celebrity photographer, Seth Browarnik, who is featuring 51 of his best shots at an exhibit sponsored by Bing. The exhibit, Art of Night, premieres Wednesday night and is running throughout the week.

But just when you thought the hustle and bustle of Basel week would overwhelm art lovers there’s YogArt at the Loew’s Miami Beach—where active art fans—can take a breather and participate in sunrise and sunset yoga classes with live musicians.

Basel goers can even get their hair beautified after a class by keratin hair products. YogArt is the brainchild of Lee Shrager and Arlene Chaplin.

“We were looking for a diversion for the hustle and bustle of Basel,” YogArt co-founder Shrager said. “You see all these people running around the convention center focusing on where they are going to eat net what they are going to buy, we were looking to give people that breather.”

Chaplin said yoga and art is a perfect combination for the week.

“What better way than to combine yoga, music, art, especially on the beach with music and the ocean,” Chaplin said. “I don’t think there’s anything better.”

For a list of Art Basel related events, click here.

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