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By Jon Stojan

The Art Lounge at Art Basel this year was an extraordinary fusion of art, culture, and wellness. Hosted by theART-Dept. in collaboration with Pavan Bahl & Uzo Udu from NRVLD, the team brought a week-long oasis of creativity to Miami. Visionary founders of theART-Dept, Keith Botha and Greg Bean orchestrated an unparalleled experience for an entire week.

From December 6th to the 10th, the Surfcomber Hotel underwent a spectacular metamorphosis into a vibrant art lounge. The immersive celebration was an explosion of creativity, featuring installations, brand activations, live paintings, and unconventional art experiences that challenge the norm.

In a dynamic partnership with Mira From Miami, a local luminary in street art and fashion, theART-Dept. showcased the talents of more than 25 artists and hosted over 15 art activations. Renowned brands like Barry’s, Baileys, Therabody, Startag, and Playground also infused their unique contributions to the site.

Emphasizing the community-driven aspect, Keith Botha, co-founder of theART-Dept., stated, “The event encouraged community participation with multiple walls available for painting, providing attendees with the opportunity to showcase their creativity and embrace the vibrant atmosphere.”

The lineup of creators included Sheila Darcey’s “Sketchpoetic,” offering daily art readings and flow state creations. Live performances and art activations were presented by Z HOVAK, Pink Dog aka Oliwia Szczekot, Alex Alpert, MR Motion, Meta Betties, Mira, J.O. Jerusalem, and Kavi. Featured artists also include Lauren Altman, Adam Vlux, Mary Lai, Jenny Chandler, Amy Smith, Luther, and Bijan Machen.

Lauren Altman shared her excitement, stating, “My work is a personal invitation into my weird and wonderful world to discover the possibilities of playing with old clothes, paint, beads, and even compost… a reminder that we all bring something special and unique into this world.”

Sheila Darcey’s Garden of Healing served as a sanctuary, where art

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Last week, Art Basel Miami Beach kicked off in what turned out to be a cloudy weekend in Miami. While partygoers came to see the art—over 10 art fairs accompany the main art fair at Miami’s convention center—in recent years, this week-long winter event has become a spectacle for brands.

Since the art world has descended upon Miami over the past 20 years, it has grown into a branding exercise for fashion and beauty brands, as well as alcohol brands.

For the fashion-forward crowd, here were the fashion highlights.

The Fendi Casa in the Miami Design District invited guests to pop by for a glass of champagne while showcasing their latest Fendi Casa collection. It also included a look at the Miami edition of the Peekasit special, inspired by the iconic Peekaboo handbag.

Marni hosted a pop up event at an upscale shopping destination called the Curio at Faena Bazaar. With artist Victor Valverde, who personalized Marni wallets for guests, visitors were invited to peruse all three floors of the luxury mini-mall type tower of fashion, which sells clothing from well-known fashion brands like Versace, alongside up and coming brands you need to discover. Notable attendees included Rich the Kid, Nicky Jam, Goldie Heart, and more.

W Hotels Teamed with Senza Fine and Tuleste Factory for Creative Crossroads, a one-night event celebrating art, music, and the culinary arts at W South Beach (specifically, a three-story mini house on the property). The event saw Diplo, Carlita, Mia Moretti and Satu, among others, attend. It started with a casual, backyard discussion led by Paper magazine editor Justin Moran, who chatted up artists and

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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As Israel continues its aerial assault in Gaza, many in South Florida are raising their voices in support in a different fashion.

An installation on display at Art Basel this weekend served as inspiration for another type of message.

In front of a globe — a representation of the world — inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, organizers on Sunday staged what they called a pro-Israel flash mob.

“Each individual bought a ticket, just like any other participant in Art Basel,” said organizer Karin Lang, “so they were observing the art, they were participating in the exhibition, and so, it wasn’t a group entrance and a group effort that came in to storm Art Basel.”

The bloody terror attacks of Oct. 7 keep having an impact around the globe. For many, the fact that Hamas terrorists ambushed hundreds of people attending a concert was especially heartbreaking.

“They took out a horrific attack on a music festival that was a festival for peace,” said Lang.

The message of support was spelled out on T-shirts on the lawn outside the Fillmore theater. Pictured on the shirts are a blood red audio wavelength that flatlines.

“‘When the Music Stopped’ is the name that we chose to capture the image of music kind of just abruptly ending, the festival abruptly ending,” said Lang.

Another motivating factor for this group was to show support for the Israel Defense Forces, as well as continuing to focus on the hostages being held in Gaza for more than nine weeks.

“We still have over 138 hostages still in Gaza, and we are trying to raise awareness and to push the entire world to get them out of there,” said flash mob organizer Tomer Peretz.

Peretz, an Israeli artist, created a live art

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