Lila Nikole, Laurence Gartel And Mobius 8 To Perform Live During Art Basel 2013

Live art performances by Laurence Gartel, Mobius 8 and Lila Nikole during Art Basel 2013 at L.M.N.T. Art Gallery in Midtown
MIAMI - Dec. 3, 2013 - PRLog -- Lila Nikole, fashion designer for upscale swimwear line Lila Nikole Collection, and co founder Aisha Thalia, will host the second annual fundraiser, Fusion art and fashion event on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the L.M.N.T Art Gallery, located at 59 NW 36 St., in Midtown. The event will benefit Project Save Imagination, a foundation that supports students with an avid interest in the arts and music but lack the funds or opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Taking place during Art Basel 2013, “Fusion” is a funky, fashion-forward mash-up fundraiser that will combineenthralling live musical performances, an art to wear fashion show, live fine art presentation and photography gallery displays, and the attendance of top models, trend setters and celebrities.

The event will be hosted by co founder of Project Save imagination Aisha Thalia. Live performances by Mobius 8 and a live art display by the godfather of graphic art Laurence Gartel. Music will be provided by DJ Affect, DJ Epps, DJ Mad Linx and Jo’zzy. Featured artist is NFL Player Aaron Maybin. Lila Nikole Collection will showcase a fashion show with pieces inspired by Frida Khalo and Dia De Los Muertos. Affect Made will host a variety of art inspired vehicles on premise. The event is sponsored by Affect Made, Grey Goose, and Aveda High Tech School.

Grey goose will offer a one hour open bar from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Event proceeds will Project Save Imagination, with monies raised helping to advance sponsorship and implementation of art integration in impoverished communities and schools. $10 donations are requested at the door or presale at www.

Project Save Imagination

“The goal of Project Save Imagination is to raise fund for underprivileged children and boost public arts programs that have suffered from budget cuts,” said Lila Nikole. “Without art, music, fashion and theater, these students are unable to fully realize their greatness and potential. Project Save Imagination grants them that opportunity.”

Laurence Gartel

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (, USA, Joan Whitney Payson Museum (, Long Beach Museum of Art (, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution ('s Museum of American History and the Bibliothèque Nationale (

Born and raised in New York City, Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol ( how to use the Amiga ( Computer, went to School of Visual Arts (,[1] ( with fellow art student, graffiti ( artist Keith Haring (, where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics, and started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik ( at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York. Gartel had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry ( (Blondie ( Sid Vicious ( (Sex Pistols (, Stiv Bators ( (Dead Boys) Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls (, Ace Frehley ( (Kiss ( and Wendy O Williams ( (Plasmatics ( Gartel has created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake ( and Britney Spears ( One of Gartel's most memorable campaigns was the one he designed for Absolut Vodka ( in 1990, joining world famous artists such as painter Andy Warhol ( and glass artist Hans Godo Frabel ( ABSOLUT GARTEL is considered to be the first digital art ad ever created for the legendary Absolut Vodka advertising campaign which can be found in the publication ABSOLUT BOOK by Richard Lewis.[2] ( For more info, see the Absolut Vodka Artists website (

Mobius 8

Experience space age orchestration of lighting, visual effects, and laser morphing to the beat of the wildest remixes and dance tracks. John Laraio and his “Hydra”, the most innovative spatial instrument of its kind, come together as MOBIUS8™– a performance art event and “Electronic Disc Jockey” that translates motion into sound. With a solid background in various styles of music, MOBIUS8™ is an experience like no other.

After touring with mega group YES and its lead singer John Anderson, John experimented with infrared light to translate motion into sound. Through this experimentation, his proprietary creation known as the “Hydra” was born. Since then, MOBIUS8™ has performed for numerous Cirque Du Soleil premiers, Dick Clark, Stan Lee, Steven Spielberg, Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Flo Rida. Other MOBIUS8™ credits include appearances on ABC’s ”World News Tonight,” NBC, CBS, FOX News, Discovery Channel, Globo in South America, American Airlines in “Flight News,” and Fuji Networks Japan. A recent MOBIUS8™ performance art event found him at the foot of the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt with Riverdance and Mariah Carey. He’s currently on a global tour performing with Cee-Lo Green and just filmed an NBC Christmas Special with Cee Lo, Rod Stewart and the Muppets, to be aired this holiday season.

Lila Nikole

The Lila Nikole Collection is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising brands in the swimwear industry. After making the transition from Amaya Swimwear in 2009, the newly vamped swimwear brand has only moved in one direction, forward. With each passing year, the momentum continues to build as a direct result from the effort, creativity and fashion forward instincts of the designer, Lila Nikole Rivera.

The Lila Nikole Collection has graced the pages of such magazine publications as Elle, Sports Illustrated, 944, OK!, The Source, Vibe and many more. Her work has been paired with a great number of celebrities from Will Smith, Kim Kardashian, Jenny McCarthy, Keyshia Cole, Mya, Vivica Fox, Serena Williams, and more, which resulted in her becoming labeled as the celebrity’s favorite swimwear designer. The list continues to grow.

After the tremendous traffic that poured to her website from her fourth appearance on BET’s Rip The Runway in 2013, with hits numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the Lila Nikole Collection became a recognizable brand throughout the country. The demand and orders quickly followed and every major swimwear events began reaching out to feature Lila Nikole’s collection in their shows. Her collection has been featured on CNN Español, Fashion TV for Best Swimwear, she provided suits for all the gorgeous ladies in competition on Nuestra Belleza Latina airing on Univision, and has been featured in the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary swim issue. If that wasn’t enough, Lila has also collaborated with the 10 NFL teams and 2 NBA teams to provide swimwear for the cheerleader’s swimsuit calendar, including custom design suits for the kick of the NFL season event and HBO’s Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins.

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