NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Absolut's luxury vodka Elyx and non-profit organization Water For People announce the celebration of their partnership on the opening night of Art Basel, the world's premier art fair, at the exclusive art-deco Nautilus South Beach. Pioneering gallerist Sean Kelly, the leading online auction house Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes, international marketer and Absolut Elyx CEO Jonas Tahlin and Water For People CEO Eleanor Allen will co-host the charity cocktail event on Thursday, December 1st. During the event, guests will enjoy bespoke cocktails and will have the opportunity to view a painting created by artist Hugo McCloud, which will be sold via Paddle8 to raise funds for Water For People. Widely acclaimed for his large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects that investigate an enduring desire to uncover beauty in the overlooked and abandoned, McCloud's work pushes the boundaries of utilitarian materials and confronts aesthetic perceptions. The auction of McCloud's painting will begin on November 22 and conclude on December 6, exclusively online through Paddle8. McCloud's exhibition at the Sean Kelly gallery will run from December 10th to January 21st. Experiential lots, including- a cocktail class at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, in Los Angeles will also be up for auction. The event will also feature an exciting music line-up with a DJ set from MeLo-X performer and recent Director of the short film, "McCloud In Process".