Jordan + Kat

Jordan Baab & Kat Carter

November 10, 2018


They say who you date in middle school doesn’t count, but for Jordan Baab and Kat Carter, their tweenage romance turned out to be the real thing. After their short-lived adolescent relationship came to a close, the two became best friends. Thirteen years of friendship later, Jordan and Kat tried their hand at romance once again. It was on a hike on the Appalachian Trail that Jordan chose to make his best friend and girlfriend his fiancé. A viewfinder filled with images of their decades-long love story ended with a single image asking, “Will you marry me?” Kat looked at Jordan, who was down on his knee, and happily accepted. The two married at the Huguenot Loft, where a tree was planted in lieu of a unity candle, a symbol of the pair’s deep-rooted love. The bride wore a Kenneth Wilson gown, and Chunky Daddy provided tunes throughout the evening. The two now work in Charlotte, where Kat is a graphic designer for Northwood Office, and Jordan works in sales at Norfolk Wire & Electronics.


By Simply Violet Photography

Control Panels

The once pristine, hard-edged lines of a parking lot now spotted and faded from years of wear and tear. The sterile, smooth exterior of a concrete structure gradually weathered and cracked from exposure to the elements. A gleaming bronze pipe slowly oxidizing with age. The natural world merging with the man-made one. Order versus chaos. It’s a struggle that persists in Philip Livingston’s brain and one he manifests through his art.

“I have a tendency to be unorganized but I also have a compulsion to be organized,” Livingston says. “It’s a constant fight.” This fight is obvious in Livingston’s works where disarray and disorder converge with form and structure. “In a lot of my work the background will have the chaos part, and then I like to overlay that background with precise, clean, hard shapes and lines, and that represents my never-ending struggle to keep things in order. You embrace what you can’t control. You create order in a way you can.”

Photography by Eli Warren

Livingston embraced contemporary art while studying at the University of South Alabama. Before studying art and art history, he felt modern art was just expensive crap. “Contemporary art was mysterious and strange to me,” he says. “I was intimidated by it until I began to understand it, then it became very interesting. When someone sees something that is not quickly identifiable, they try to turn it into something it’s not. I see my abstract art as like looking at a super closeup of something that is so close you can’t tell what it is. I’m interested in the raw essence of things. It’s like taking a piece of an element that is bigger, like an old building that is weathered. The patterns left through weathering and aging leave an impression that tells a story. That is a big part of where my inspiration comes from.”

Livingston’s works generally begin on a piece of birch plywood which he covers with layers of acrylic. He then “weathers” the paint with a variety of tools and methods, then moves on to oil for the refining and blending. The final part is adding a sense of order, the precise lines and shapes that contrast with the chaos beneath.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, a career in advertising to him to Atlanta, Boston, D.C., and Memphis before Livingston settled in Greenville thirteen years ago. Although he has painted off and on since college, it’s just been in the past four years that he has become “serious” about his work. “This is what I love to do,” he says. “It’s what I have to do to keep some order in my head.”

Livingston’s works are available at saatchiart.com, and several pieces are currently on display at the Dan Lyles Gallery in downtown Greenville. The gallery will host a show of Livingston’s work on February 16. For more, go to philliplivingston.com and danlylesgallery.com.

Bradley + Kaeleigh

Bradley Pinion & Kaeleigh Reece

June 23, 2018


Love means being there for better or for worse, especially in Bradley Pinion and Kaeleigh Reece’s case. The two met during their time at Clemson University, where a solid friendship eventually led to love. During their six years of dating, the couple weathered heartbreak and loss, side by side. Through it all, Kaeleigh saw Bradley’s positivity as a sign that he was the one she wanted to spend her life with. For the proposal, Bradley—ever the romantic—chose Kaeleigh’s birthday weekend as the setting for his grand gesture. With an assist from their dog, Nala, Bradley surprised Kaeleigh at their home, where she found her future husband on their front steps, down on one knee, with Nala donning a sign asking, “Will You Marry Dad?” The ceremony took place at the Wyche Pavilion, where Kaeleigh’s mom, who passed away in 2015, was tributed with a seat of honor and a bouquet of flowers filled with her favorite color, purple. Kaeleigh’s brother sang a song to reflect the bride and groom’s faith, while Nala stole the show as a flower girl. The Huguenot Loft provided the perfect setting for the newlyweds to celebrate their union with friends and family. Currently, the couple splits their time between California and Salem, South Carolina. Bradley is a punter for the San Francisco 49ers, and Kaeleigh is a K-5 teacher.

By Olivia Griffin Photography

Kimberly + Jordan

Jordan Koehn & Kimberly Klas

October 6, 2018


Kimberly Klas and Jordan Koehn’s mutual affection for the outdoors helped the two form a natural, easy love when they met in graduate school at Colorado State University. Both Ph.D. candidates, the couple turned to nature as a reprieve from the rigors of academia, taking walks through the Colorado wilderness. It was during an evening stroll, much like the ones they’d taken over their four years of dating, when Jordan proposed. While enjoying the summer sunset, Jordan asked Kimberly if she wanted to take walks with him for the rest of their lives. The wedding was held at the View Point at Buckhorn Creek, with the scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains a testament to the bride and groom’s love of wilderness. Flowers arranged by the groom’s mother added a familial touch, and a fire pit provided s’mores all night long. Today, the two are finishing up their doctoral degrees in chemistry in Fort Collins, where they will graduate in the spring of 2019.

By Sposa Bella Photography

Southern Testaments

For more than a century, photographers have documented the American South in its pleasantries, unrest, and eccentricities, many times with a focus on the people of a region where romantic traditions prevail. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opens a new window on the South with a collection that merges this past with present in the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, which is also showing at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston.

Fifty-six photographers contributed to this, the largest exhibition of photographs of the American South in the twenty-first century, on display until March 2. Many of the artists are Southerners by birth, others with ties by family, or some with a prevailing curiosity of place that led them to travel unknown paths of kudzu fields, trailer parks, churches, prisons, protests, rivers, beaches, oil spills, and battlegrounds. Co-curators Mark Sloan and Mark Long write, “Southbound is one slice of a New South in transition, sufficiently complex to capture something essential about the region in the early twenty-first century.”

Lucas Foglia, Rita and Cora Aiming

Renowned art photographers from New York, Seattle, Hong Kong, and San Francisco display photographs that hang beside images created by Southern natives from small towns in states like Kentucky and Tennessee. Artists’ biographies include Yale graduates, Guggenheim fellows, a Life Magazine contributor, a professor at Princeton, a self-taught photographer from Greenville, Mississippi, and a couple hailing from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. The diversity of the contributing photographers blends into a compelling view of a new South seen through many different vantage points—a place where transition has become the new tradition.

Southbound combines mixed-media images, classic black-and-white photographs, wet collodion processes, and contemporary, vibrant color imagery made with a mix of cameras from large-format to state-of-the-art DSLRs. The exhibit frames racially charged issues in an image of African-American police officers in riot gear braced for action at a White Power March by Sheila Pree Bright, and Gillian Laub’s picture of Julie and Bubba, an interracial couple in Mount Vernon. Daniel Kariko’s aerial photographs of orange groves and cattle ranches illustrate the invasion of suburbia on the landscape in Florida. Susan Worsham and McNair Evans investigate memory through pictures of their homeplace. Kyle Ford explores the relationships between humans and the natural world at the Georgia Aquarium, while Stacy Kranitz photographs show displaced Native American tribes in Tennessee and North Carolina. And these are just a few examples of the powerful subject matter so thoughtfully researched and curated by Sloan and Long. The exhibit goes deep and runs wide through subject matter but is held together by the commonality of a place called the American South that at times seems mysterious, quirky, transitional, complex, and yet harmonious as seen through contemporary eyes.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, through March 2. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St, Charleston. (843) 953-4422, halsey.cofc.edu

Amanda + Ryan

Ryan Heafy & Amanda Marie Powell

October 6, 2018


When Amanda Marie Powell saw that Ryan Heafy was “looking for a unicorn” on his Bumble dating profile, she decided to see if the two would have a magical connection. Sparks flew instantly, and the two began dating shortly after their first interaction. A year later, Ryan knew he’d found his magical maven, and decided the time had come to seal the deal. The day of his planned proposal, Ryan used the rainy afternoon as an excuse to lead Amanda into the lobby of Jianna, the couple’s favorite restaurant. In the beautifully designed interior, he surprised Amanda with a simple question: “Will you marry me?” His bride-to-be happily accepted, while friends hidden in the foyer documented the special moment.

The couple’s love for Greenville was on full display at the wedding, which took place at Topside Pool Club, on the rooftop of the same building where the proposal happened. Amanda said her vows in a gown from Poinsett Bride while music from the Upstate Strings Trio played. The reception at the Lazy Goat offered an intimate dinner of scrumptious local fare. Philo Floral designed the flower displays and bouquets, Isabelle Schreier of Belle Maquillage provided hair and make-up, and Brick Street Café catered the wedding cakes. The newlyweds live and work in Greenville, where Amanda works in veterinary medicine at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, and Ryan is the chief operating officer of 6am City, LLC.

By Angela Zion Photography

Sight & Sound

Israeli-born Osnat Rosen gets verklempt discussing Greenville’s inaugural Jewish Film Festival, her brainchild and long-awaited dream. Since moving to Greenville for her husband’s job with Milliken, she’s taken great strides to educate her three children about their Jewish roots and expose the Greenville community to Jewish culture. She happily shares her journey, punctuated with a hypnotic Hebrew accent.

What was it like relocating to Greenville from Tel Aviv? >> I moved to Greenville eight years ago. I feel very strong with who I am and my heritage. I don’t feel lost. I’m Jewish. I’m Israeli. I lived in a very big, vibrant city in a tiny country. Really small. You can travel the country in a few hours. Now I’m living in small town in huge country. The options here are unbelievable. The sky is the limit. That phrase is American. It’s true. You just need to have your dedication, passion for something, and go for it.

Is it hard being Jewish, and going from a majority to a minority segment of the population? >> Being Jewish is not only a culture, it’s a faith. In Israel, you don’t need to practice Judaism actively to be a Jew. It’s all around you. Being here, Judaism is not only about prayers and going to synagogue. It’s richer than that. I was raised in a very traditional Orthodox family. But we practice more here with a kosher kitchen, and Shabbat dinners, because here I feel like if I’m not going to give that to my kids, they won’t have it anywhere else.

I want to show my heritage, to share, to celebrate, to educate.”

    —Osnat Rosen

And you’ve become a U.S. citizen? >> The outside sounds like something very formal, just paper. Inside, I feel like I have two homes. I have two wonderful places. I couldn’t wish for more than being citizen of the U.S. and being Israeli citizen. When I’m here, I feel this is my home; when I’m there, I feel like that’s my home. When I’m here, I feel like I’m an Israeli ambassador.

What’s that like? >> Israel is a democratic island in a very crazy area. The first time someone met me, they mixed the whole Middle East up and I said, ‘Whoa, really?’ Then I started to understand that what’s obvious to me about Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel, is not obvious to others. I feel like wherever I go, I’m talking about who I am and where I’m from. I do it with all of my heart. I’m very happy when people ask questions. That means they’re really interested. I can enrich them and give them information.

You’re ready to do that with Greenville’s first-ever Jewish Film Festival. How did the idea come about? >> Atlanta has the biggest Jewish Film Festival in the country. I went there 4–5 years ago, and it was remarkable. It’s a month long, and the vibes! The venues were full. I came home, and waited for the right timing.

The idea needed to brew. >> Yes. I needed time to really get to know Greenville, to build my connections here, to build my personal skills. Two years after that, I go to the Charlotte Film Festival and saw a film that really influenced me: Rock in the Red Zone. I thought, I have to bring this to Greenville. We used the Temple [of Israel]. It was a nice screening.

You, and fellow board members Caroline Warthen and Helaine Meyers, have wrangled some heavy-hitting sponsors, including Furman and Michelin. You even got the senior minister at First Baptist Greenville, Jim Dant, to sit on your board. >> One reason: It’s unique. It’s something new. It’s not just another festival—it’s a film festival with a message. Greenville is growing. Greenville wants to be vibrant, and dynamic, and multicultural kind of place.

You’re showing three movies: Fanny’s Journey, Humor Me, and Heading Home: the Tale of Team Israel. How did you select those? >> If you choose the right movies, you can open very nice discussion, and open people’s minds to think about stuff, to talk about it later at home, with friends. These movies are highly recommended. We said for the first year, Jewish tradition—it’s not all about the Holocaust, you know? Fanny’s Journey is a French film and the audience favorite in Charlotte and Wilmington.  Humor Me is in English. That is hilarious. Heading Home is in English, too, and a sport movie. They show dilemmas in life everyone can relate to, and there are some crazy, nice ideas about things that people can enjoy and laugh.

And they all peel back a layer, revealing your roots. >>

I want to show my heritage, to share, to celebrate, to educate. So, it’s really coming from who I am, and what I want to contribute to the community that I live in. This is my small contribution to Greenville. It’s a Jewish film festival, but it’s a cultural thing; it’s not a religious thing, you know? We’re opening our doors to everyone. Everyone is welcome to come and learn and enjoy.

Greenville’s inaugural Jewish Film Festival will take place Feb 28–Mar 3. For receptions, lectures, showtimes, and tickets, go to GreenvilleJewishFilmFestival.com.

Dog Gone

While in the field, e-collars for tracking and control certainly take priority when training and hunting with a bird dog. But we all know Fido likes to lounge at home, too. For a sophisticated spin on that day-to-day look, nylon collars from Orvis Greenville offer lifetime use while maintaining a sporting feel. Looking for something more natural? Saluda River Pet Food & Supply Center carries leather collars, or stop by Paw Paws USA for a collar with some pop and pizzazz.  


On Point: Gus wears an Orvis sporting dog collar with pheasants, available at Orvis Greenville.

Photography by Paul Mehaffey

Interior Moves

When Paula Rallis Home opened its curated décor doors, it beckoned me irresistibly. White-washed walls and large-paned windows lured me inside, where handmade treasures that reflect Paula’s travels to places like Bali, Paris, St. Tropez, and Marrakesh await. Works by Charleston and Upstate artists play with French flea market antiques for a cohesive and bright style that makes you want to move right in. But don’t get too comfortable. Rallis, with the help of her French interior designer grandmother and her travel slash business partner husband, will constantly change the interior experience to offer the best of her stylish, slightly vintage eye.   

Paula Rallis Home, 103 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 520-2019, shoppaularallis.com.

(From Top) Moroccan pom-pom and Parisian Maison de Vacances blankets; Danish arch and Parisian Petite Friture candle holders; and La Méricaine blankets from Hossegor, France. Photography by Rebecca Lehde

Block Party

If this story began and ended with three words—chocolate and wine—it would be enough. The perfection of this divine duo is universally accepted, even by medical professionals—meaning that after we share an article citing chocolate’s health benefits to our Facebook profile, we can smugly proceed with enjoying the very chocolate and wine we would have consumed anyway.

But fine chocolate wasn’t something Foxcroft Wine Co., a wine shop and bar, originally set out to highlight. In fact, Shawn Paul, Foxcroft’s wine operations director, points out that wine and chocolate are a much trickier pairing than most of us think. Nevertheless, when a customer craving a sweet end to his meal requested something “chocolatey” a few years ago, Chef Justin Solomon answered with house-made chocolates. They proved so enormously popular that his “weekend special” never left Foxcroft’s menu. Listed simply as “signature dark chocolates,” the small squares arrive on a small plate. You might ignore them at first until you take the first bite.

Made from Colombian dark chocolate, each square contains a sublime filling that varies weekly according to the season and the culinary team’s inspiration. The soft fillings range broadly, including avocado and sea salt, s’mores, lemon curd, spiced nuts, peppermint crunch, and cardamom ganache. They are designed to enhance that last glass of wine—which you should definitely order, letting the team at Foxcroft guide you to an unexpected pairing that will remind you just what it is we all love about chocolate and wine.

Foxcroft Wine Co., 631 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com/greenville

Call to Justice

Maya Angelou once wrote, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” This weighty insight undergirds the mission behind the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, a six-acre presentation of monuments, sculptures, and educational displays documenting the black American legacy of enslavement, segregation, and racial violence. Rusted rectangles dangle from the roof, each representing individual U.S. counties and lives terrorized and taken through lynching, while sculptures by Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, Dana King, and Hank Willis Thomas tribute leaders and eras leading the fight for racial justice. Accompanying the memorial, The Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery further documents the enslavement, terror lynchings, segregation, and incarceration of black Americans through unique technological dramatizations.                                                       

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is located at 417 Caroline St, Montgomery, Alabama, and is open Wednesday–Monday, 9am–5pm. The Legacy Museum is located at 115 Coosa St, Montgomery, Alabama, and is open Monday, Wednesday–Saturday, 9am–7:30pm, and Sunday, 9am–6pm. For more information, visit museumandmemorial.eji.org.

Tower of Zion

High School Basketball: Portrait of Spartanburg HS Zion Williamson (12) posing in dunk action during photo shoot at Spartanburg Day School. Spartanburg, SC 8/1/2017 CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI963 TK1 )

To the Wall Street Journal, he’s a mashup of a cement mixer and ballet dancer. To one legendary sportswriter, he’s the “newest human highlight film, a freak of nature.” All of these accolades have been heaped on basketball sensation Zion Williamson, who started seeing sports fame as a 16-year-old in Spartanburg, when Sports Illustrated named him the “Most Famous Prep Star Since LeBron.”

Williamson is now a college basketball superstar, a power forward at Duke University’s hoops dynasty, where he averages around 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. But to three of his former high school teammates, he’s just another one of the guys. “We all knew him before he was Zion,” says senior Rett Foust, 18, a 5’11’’ guard at the independent Spartanburg Day School. “I met him my eighth-grade year, his ninth, and he was only like 6’3”,” says Bishop Richardson, 19, a 5’11” guard, chuckling: “He had a huge growth spurt when he was 16”—before he grew into the 6’7’’ Mount Zion he is today at 18, weighing 285 pounds.

“He dunked on me,” Richardson says amid more laughs he shares with Foust and Clay Killoren, 16, a 6’6” junior who also played alongside Williamson. “After a while, you get used to it. The crazy thing is that when you saw his dunks—which everyone thought were so great, which they are, like a windmill—to us, that’s just normal.”

“They really prepared me for college, more than I know. The transition on me was very easy because my high school acts the same way that Duke does.”
—Zion Williamson

“He does even crazier things in practice,” Killoren puts in: “He’s not like someone that’s very—”

“He’s not cocky,” Richardson says.

“That’s what a lot of coaches really like about him, too,” Killoren says. “He had this manner that he carried himself with, that people were really impressed by. He always addressed someone politely. He always had an infectious smile.”

Zion Williamson still smiles, about South Carolina and his high school.

“It was just a privilege to grow up there. Everywhere I went in South Carolina, it was love. What it meant for me to go to Spartanburg Day School, I didn’t know if a Division I offer would be in my future. Going to Spartanburg Day, they have a 100-percent college acceptance rate, so I felt like it was the best situation for me.”

Lee Sartor, now head coach of men’s basketball at Erskine College, coached Williamson at Spartanburg Day School, which has some 420 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

“It’s a unique thing about Zion, that he’s a very humble person. He understood that he was a student first and an athlete after that. He didn’t expect any preferential treatment, nor did he get any,” he says. “Zion pretty much put Spartanburg Day on the map in terms of basketball. He brought our program to a whole different level.”

During his high school career, fans would call the school hoping to talk to him. College coaches and recruiters arrived in herds. The media went nuts; the Charlotte Observer called him the “most ballyhooed high school basketball recruit of the social-media era.”

“It was just like a movie from there,” Williamson says. “Ninth-grade year, we lost the championship. Sophomore year, we won the state championship. Then I picked up a lot of offers. Junior year was like a blockbuster.”

High School Basketball: Portrait of Spartanburg HS Zion Williamson (12) posing in dunk action during photo shoot at Spartanburg Day School.
Spartanburg, SC 8/1/2017
CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
(Set Number: SI963 TK1 )

For the school, too.

“As a young student-athlete, Zion showed grace and poise under the national spotlight far beyond his years,” says Rachel Deems, head of the school. Joan Tobey, a math teacher who had gathered the three basketball players in her classroom, smiled at them and told them the same thing: “You guys held up under that kind of intense scrutiny really well.”

“Everyone wants to be a professional athlete,” Foust says, joining the others reminiscing about those heady Zion days that drew arena crowds, national TV coverage, and playing in such marquee events as the Tournament of Champions in Peoria, Illinois, in 2016. “But that’s as close as we’re going to get.”

As Williamson told ESPN a year ago last January, when he sat alongside the Blue Devils’ legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski: “Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family,” and as he told TOWN regarding Spartanburg Day: “They really prepared me for college, more than I know. The transition on me was very easy because my high school acts the same way that Duke does.”

Clearly, Williamson left an unforgettable mark on a place that left one on him.

“He is not only a tremendous basketball player but a kind and generous person we are honored to call an alumnus,” Deems says. “I am proud of how well he has represented our school, his family, and the sport of basketball. We look forward to seeing where this journey takes him.”

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