Wake up, work, gym, home, coffee/lunch/gathering, home, sleep; repeat. Does this routine sound familiar? We’re all guilty of indulging this cycle of doom and thus end up complaining about not having the time to do anything else. As a writer and a creative, I find myself more often than not curled up in my study devouring books or attempting to write one. Salvation came to me in the form of an email with the temptation to go review a new café concept and attend a workshop. And for the first time in a long time, I found myself facing a blank canvas shielded behind an apron, and armed with paintbrushes and paint.
Tucked away in the basement of Galleria 2000 mall in Salmiya, a den of creativity bursts with color. While everyone is overly connected to technology, this is a space where you can go back to basics and just create and connect with people. Everyone’s friendly, smiling, and happy to help you out. Artsy people by nature, Sarah Chouari and Raghda Youssef decided to give people the chance to break out of their routine and try something different. Although the space is reminiscent of someone’s “den,” Artspace café is designed for you to feel at home while being part of a community.
Artspace is the ultimate sanctuary for all creative types out there. It poses as a gallery where you can showcase and even sell the artwork you create there, a café where you can enjoy a bite or two with friends and catch up over coffee while drawing or painting, and a workshop space where you can learn something new every day. From guitar lessons to portraiture 101, you’re guaranteed to walk out with either a new skill or an amazing addition to your art wall at home. Whether you’re a professional in the field of arts or a first timer, you’ll have a blast. The atmosphere alone is buzzing with positivity, so sit back, relax, and take it all in until you’re ready to join in the madness.
Canvases are the way to go at Artspace. You can paint on them, sketch on them, or order your brain food from them – the neon pink ones are menus. The food has a homey and comforting quality to it and the drinks are bursting with flavor. If you find yourself too shy to mingle with some of the creatives-at-work, then just opt for doing your own thing and enjoy your surroundings. Artspace is a place of calm, positivity, and color and welcomes all those seeking a change of scenery.
Available for private functions and fun get-togethers with friends, Artspace is the ideal place for all things fun. Be warned, weary creative, once you set foot in Artspace, you’ll have a hard time walking away. Upon wondering why such a space is open in a not-so-high-street mall, the answer comes to you almost instantaneously. It’s quiet in Galleria 2000, and you’re given the chance to be inspired in a welcoming setting with neither disturbance nor distraction. If you have kids, this place is a haven. On weekends, Artspace provide classes for your little ones while you relax with a cup of something and watch them create their own little masterpieces which you can hang in their rooms. Everyone loves art, and this place will only nurture this love further. Classes are provided to cater to every taste, all you have to do is find out what appeals to you and reserve your spot. So why not try something new? The experience alone is worth the visit. Stop by and meet a friend, old and new, you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile.
Check out Artspace on Instagram @artspaceq8 to find out what their next class is! Call and reserve your spot on 9777 5273, or just walk in and enjoy the atmosphere in the Basement Floor of Galleria 2000 in Salmiya.