Cathy and Chuck Willd opened Pop Goes the Easel by combining their respective talents. Cathy—a painter with a talent for acrylics—blends impressionism and realism in her work, which has sold through the Thomas Kinkaid Art Gallery. Co-owner Chuck pours his musical talent into Pop Goes the Easel's TV theme song ads and also assists with classes. Chris Comeaux rounds out the team as manager and class leader, where she guides students of all ages through the creation of featured paintings that include realistic landscapes and more.
Spartan Defense operates out of Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club, which has an outdoor pistol range and indoor climate controlled classroom on site.
The staff rents semi-automatic handguns with ammunition included.
At a Glance
The instructors at Spartan Defense, who hold certifications as NRA-certified firearms and personal protection instructors, TX DPS-certified handgun instructors, and various other certifications focus on helping students obtain the requirements necessary to apply for their concealed-handgun licenses through qualifying classes. They can also tailor their instruction to develop more specific marksmanship and defensive skills during NRA-sanctioned classes and private lessons. In addition to firearms training, instructors also teach unarmed self-defense, drawing upon multiple traditions such as aikido and Japanese jujitsu.
In The Vintage Easel’s painting classes, students learn from famed painters such as Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. While both men have long since departed this world, their techniques live on in their brushstrokes, which students replicate with step-by-step instruction from local artists. Each class focuses on a single work, which can range from Munch’s The Scream to simpler images, such as a large sunflower. Of age students can bring along bottles of wine or beer to sip during class, while younger students can bring empty bottles to look at wistfully. The studio provides paints, brushes, easels and aprons.
Ascuba Venture, a quarter-century-old diving school, rears expert aquanauts using the SSI signature water-training method, an entry-level system whose open-water diving certification is recognized internationally. Through academic, open-water, and pool sessions, students absorb beginning to advanced scuba and snorkeling skills, as well as vital safety fundamentals that include avoiding eye contact with hostile flushed goldfish. Heated to 82¬-84 degrees, Ascuba's indoor pool comfortably cradles amateur divers, who are clad in safe and modern equipment provided by the facility.
Photographer David Olds snaps his camera, confident that he’ll capture each subject’s unique personality. With every flash, David preserves cherished memories in the form of family, senior, and maternity portraits, and takes a creative and tasteful approach to his more risqué glamour and pinup shots. In addition to photographing clients posing in front of gorgeous backgrounds, in the past he's also shared the tricks of the trade with aspiring shutterbugs in digital photography classes.
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how a real race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.