UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition by Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography. “Empowerment Through the Lens of AfroArt” opens November 8 and continues to December 29. A public reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.
World-renowned child photographers, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are a wife and husband duo and the imaginative forces behind Creative Soul Photography. Their AfroArt series, which showcases the natural hair of young girls in period piece clothing, went viral after celebrities like Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, and Tia Mowry praised the collection on social media. The project was conceived as a way to inspire girls to love both their hair and themselves. This led to their work being featured on BBC News, CNN, CBS National News, Teen Vogue, Glamour Brazil, and BET. “The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future,” said Kahran Bethencourt. “With this series, we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in.” UPSTATE gallery director Jane Nodine said, “We are excited to bring this exhibition to Spartanburg and share these beautiful baroque-like images celebrating the heritage of children of color. Regis and Kahran’s work is so much in demand with their busy international travel, it was fortunate we could schedule the exhibit and have them visit during the opening reception on November 15.”
Happy Monday! Today we want to introduce you to one of our teachers, Cathy Ellett (@cathyellett). . 🤗
Cathy is a native of Spartanburg and graduated from Converse College with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Cathy taught kindergarten for 10 years before taking time off to stay home with her children and spend time fulfilling her passion of community volunteerism. She and her husband, Aaron, have 3 children, Jackson, Anna Grace, and Abby. .
After taking her first Pure Barre class, Cathy was hooked!! 700 classes later and working the front desk for the past year, she is excited to be teaching again (@pure_barre will be a little different from 5-year-olds)! .🙌🏼
What she loves about @pure_barre is that it is for anyone -all ages, all sizes, and fitness levels. There is not another place like Pure Barre - the clients and co-workers are like family! ❤️
The best way we know how to warm up on this chilly rainy day is with our Haisley Puffer Jacket that doubles as a vest! 😍 With snap off sleeves, you have a puffer jacket and vest all in one. Come in a shop with us this weekend and get your gift with purchase! 🎉 See previous post for all the items today and tomorrow ONLY! This is only while supplies last so hurry in 💗 📸 by @joshnorrisphoto
Happy Friday! 🤗 Today we want to share with you one of our members, @sarahkalani! Everyone make her feel welcome by saying hello in the comments! 👋🏼
Sarah Kalani claims that 2 major things changed her life for the better, the first being Chiropractic, and the second being @pure_barre! As a Chiropractic Intern at the @shermancollege Health Clinic, @SarahKalani studies and practices the importance of spinal health, and she helps her patients with that everyday. She often sees that many people have postural imbalances and weaknesses caused by the stresses of everyday life and lack of physical activity. She says that’s why @purebarrespartanburg is the perfect workout. It is low-impact, balanced, and it targets the muscles that stabilize the spine, promoting better posture and better biomechanics. “Pure Barre and chiropractic will always be a part of my life because it is important that I maintain my strength and health, so that I can help my patients do the same.” If you have any questions or want to know more about this, feel free to chat with Sarah at the studio or message her directly. ❤️
That #Friday feeling🤪 Here’s a *REALLY* long list of options of things to do in the #Hubcity this weekend! Head to our November Activity List (link in bio) to see more details about each event👌🏼
📆Saturday November 10 .
. 👨🏽🌾Hub City Farmers’ Market: (8am-12pm)
. 🎶Music and Movement at TCMU-Spartanburg ( 9:30-9:45 am) .
. . 🎥 Sensory Friendly Movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at NCG (11:00am) .
. . 🍂SPACE Scavenger Hunt on the Cottonwood Trail (10:00am-12:00pm) .
. . 🤹🏽♂️Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Playthings Aplenty (11am-4pm) .
. . 📚Storytime and Activities Featuring Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes at Barnes and Noble (11:00 AM) .
. . 🎟JCPenny Kids Club Event at Westgate Mall (11:00am-12:00pm) .
. . 👶🏾Little Sprouts' Day Out (Birth - Age 3) at Headquarters Library (11:30am – 12:30pm) .
. . 📙 Story time and More at TCMU Spartanburg (1:00-1:30 pm) .
. . 🎨Kids Clay Ornaments at Hearts of Clay (5pm – 7pm) .
. . 🌳Music in the Woods at Croft State Park (6:00-8:00pm)
. 🎬Heroes and Villains: Music from Hollywood Films(7:00pm-9:30pm)
. 📆 Sunday November 11
. 👧🏻Sensory Friendly Morning at TCMU-Spartanburg (10:00 am-12:00 pm)
. 🎼Sundays Unplugged at Chapman Cultural Center (1:00-5:00pm) Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center and the Student Galleries are all open with FREE admission. In addition, one or more local musicians will perform a free mini-concert at no charge 2-4 p.m. .
. . ☕️Second Sundays at Chapman Cultural Center: Literary and Lattes (1:00pm-4:00pm)
THIS WEEKEND is #LillysBirthday so we are celebrating with gifts with purchase! 🎉 Check our all the gifts we will have this Friday and Saturday! 👉🏼 Supplies are LIMITED so go ahead and pre-shop! What items are you hoping to get? 💗 #PinkOnMain
It’s been a day of celebrations! Katie Husslebee reached 100 classes and Lisa Chapman reached 200 classes in Cathy’s noon Reform class. Congratulations Katie and Lisa! Your hard work and dedication is inspiring! #100club#200club#milestones#pbspartanburg
Celebrating HUGE milestones this morning! Claire reached 🌟500🌟 and Donna reached 🌟200🌟 classes this morning in Nicole’s classic classes. Congratulations! We are so proud of y’all! #200club#500club#pbspartanburg#pbfriends
Enjoy relaxation and meditation in the UPSTATE Gallery on Main. @uscupstategalleryart is offering “Yoga in the Gallery” a gentle yoga and meditation 🧘🏽♀️ class on Wednesday, November 7th @ 5:30pm. This class is open to the public for a suggested donation of $5-$10 #hubcity#ONEspartanburg#cityofspartanburg#lovewhereyoulive
The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is offering “Yoga in the Gallery,” a gentle yoga and meditation at 5:30 p.m. on November 7! Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat (plus anything else you may want to use like blankets/towels, blocks, straps, etc.), and arrive five or ten minutes early to sign-in. "Yoga in the Gallery" is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to cover the instructor’s time.
Can’t make it? Don’t stress. “Yoga in the Gallery” will also take place on November 20, December 4, and December 18.
Happy #NationalDonutDay ! 🍩 We had to celebrate this holiday the best way we knew how - with donuts!! 😍 We are taking a poll, what flavored donut is your favorite? Answer in the comments!! 👇🏼💗 Thank you, @joshnorrisphoto for this cute photo!