At The Paint Event, guests sip on wine as they follow along with an expert artist, recreating beautiful landscapes of autumn trees, quirky portraits of rain boots, and other predetermined themes. The upcoming calendar displays what the class will be painting, and students only need show up with a creative curiosity and any chosen beverages and snacks. Alternatively, students would rather paint an image of their own design, they can show up to one of the two-hour open studio sessions held twice a month.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Although painting is a solitary experience for many artists, it becomes a color-strewn party at ArtJamN. Enthusiastic staff members encourage participants to interact, inspire each other, and even collaborate on the same canvas. Painters are outfitted with a bevy of paints and textures that add dimension to magnum opuses and make it easier to crawl into someone else's painting and take a nap. Both regular painting sessions and private parties introduce burgeoning artists to a cornucopia of artistic styles as they intermingle and sip from their own stash of adult beverages.
Offering an around-the-clock workout venue for casual calisthenics crackerjacks and veteran muscle architects alike, Fitness Premier provides gymgoers with a vast array of up-to-date equipment. A 2,000-square-foot free-weight area offers plenty of space to perfect squats or run a solo barbell relay, and more than 50 cardio machines cut down on treadmill lines and elliptical queues. Fledgling fitness-seekers are also privy to four sessions of small-group training, which put its students through the bodily wringer in an encouraging communal workout environment that’s infinitely preferable to working out in a colony of hive-minded, man-sized ants.
Easy Divers is a scuba-training academy that provides underwater-exploration lessons in the controlled environment of an indoor pool. With today’s deal, you and a friend, loved one, or former merman companion can attend an introductory “discover” scuba class to get acquainted with diving and using snorkel equipment. A staff of experienced, PADI-certified instructors ensure that each lesson is fruitful, safe, and fun for everyone involved. Easy Divers' owner has been serving landlocked Memphians for the past 25 years, instructing novices and intermediate students in the way of the fin and goggle.