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“Raw emotions on canvas” – an art exhibition on Valentines day by Chocoholics

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Art exhibition opens on 14th February at RAW coffee café

“Raw emotions on canvas” is a group art exhibition organized by the Dubai based grief support group, Chocoholics. The event aims to provide seniors and caregivers who are living with grief, a safe environment to share, connect and heal through their artworks.

The exhibition will be hosted on Monday 14th of February from 10:00am onwards at RAW Coffee Café in Al Qouz. The date for the exhibit is significant; since Chocoholics believe that special occasions and holidays in particular can be more daunting for anyone who is grieving loss of a loved one.

Desirée Vlekken – founder of 4get-me-not says “In the midst of our grief, we still have something to offer the world.  Our bi-monthly meet ups somehow help us to be true to ourselves and try to live our life to the fullest, even if we adjust to the loss.  We’re exploring the adventure of grief so to speak.  By far the Chocoholics have engaged in yoga, meditation, badminton, zumba, laughter therapy and aromatherapy.   We are working together to heal each-other and embrace our new reality, so far art has played a very prominent role in the progress and we welcome all art lovers to come and support our artists at Raw Coffee Café on Valentines!”

“Raw emotions on canvas” is our 2nd Art Exhibition, the Chocoholics in collaboration with Raw Coffee and w2w events & pr. There will be 25 art paintings on display and sale at Raw Coffee Café on 14th Feb 2022, 10:00am onwards.  The guest Art Curator and mentor for this exhibition is UAE based Russian contemporary artist Diana Shaykhutdinova.


About Chocoholics:

The group’s name Chocoholics – “Life is sticky but sweet” was inspired from learning about the benefits of consuming dark chocolate, which helps with memory, blood pressure, and acts as a mood enhancer whilst alleviating depression and it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is good for the brain. This is what Chocoholics intends to achieve, for its participants to heal, one chocolate at a time.

If anyone is over 60yrs + or a caregiver, and would like to attend one of Chocoholic’s monthly group meetings, they can email the team at to register. In order for the group to continue the group meetings, it needs support through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sponsorships. This will enable Chocoholics to hold meetings twice a month, subsidize refreshments for participants, materials and offer a stipend for program Moderators.

About 4get-me-not:

4get-me-not, the only Social Enterprise in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East which focuses on seniors (60 years old and above) as part of its mission to address Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), was launched in 2013. It’s Founder – Desirée Vlekken, belongs to a community touched by AD where both her father and father-in-law drew inspiration to create a social platform for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.

4get-me-not creates a positive impact to the society, particularly the senior community by creating awareness on the importance of giving proper attention to their wellbeing

and quality of life as one of the means to prevent AD. Positive lifestyle approaches are considered to help seniors cope with physical and cognitive changes.

AD is a growing global health issue that affects a large majority of the senior community with one person in every three seconds reported to have it. 4get-me-not has been working with various International organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) London office, Dementia Friends of Alzheimer’s Society UK and World Health Organization (WHO) through its Eastern Mediterranean Office, to build a vibrant community that addresses Alzheimer’s in a preventive, holistic and innovative way.


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