Beckendorf Gallery houses a gargantuan selection of storied prints by Texan artist Charles Beckendorf, whose dedication to detailing the flora and fauna of his native state continues to entice art enthusiasts after his passing in 1996. Bluebonnets and Gulley-Stone House ($25) depicts a humble abode against a backdrop of verdant hills, trees, and cobalt fields, and Bald Eagle ($35) illustrates the impact the iconic bird had on Telly Savalas.
Though Mendelbaum Cellars opened in 2011, some of its bottles contain 5,000 years of history. That's because its specialty is Holy Land wine: wine made from grapes harvested in Galilee and other parts of Israel. The staff describes this process during their weekly history class, The Israeli Wine Trail: Ancient and Modern, which preps customers to enjoy bottles of Dead Sea Rose Dry, David's Slingshot dessert wine, or the dark and rich Mt. Sinai. Aside from these signature bottles, the winery also produces Texas varietals and blends, including a spicy Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet-Tempranillo blend, and a ruby-red Merlot.
Housed in a soft-yellow and wood-frame abode, YaYaBee teaches young minds to recognize their strengths and skills through art and other creative endeavors. In classes for kids ages 2–15, artistic apprentices go elbow deep into a hands-on creative carousal. Nonneatniks revel in the muddy melee of pottery classes, and penny-finding pipsqueaks learn to incorporate their found treasures into mantle-worthy material in recycled-art classes. Photography instruction teaches eaglets methods for sharing their mental polaroids, which can often jam in the ear canal. Other classes include learning sewing in textile art and embracing tiny inner Pollacks in messy art.