Blair Knobel. Who is SHE?
SHE is a Metropolitan Maven. As Editor-In-Chief of TOWN Magazine, Blair’s goal is to share compelling stories about the interesting, surprising, and beloved aspects of our community. Greenville is a big part of this story, but TOWN’s scope is bigger, including people, places, and experiences that encompass a regional lifestyle. Blair’s hope is that readers may see the area with fresh eyes.
Blair’s career actually began at Furman University, where she studied studio art with a concentration in photography. She received a coveted internship at Aperture Foundation in New York City, a non-profit that promotes fine art photography through its book program and quarterly journal. She worked with the Executive Editor of the book program, and stayed in book publishing in New York for two more years. Though NYC is a soul city and beloved place, the pull to do something more creative and to feel a connection to an audience drew her back to her native South Carolina. In pursuit of her passions of photography and writing, she happened upon an internship at G, The Magazine of Greenville in 2008. She was hired as an Assistant Editor a few months later, and started at TOWN in 2011 as part of its founding staff (along with former EIC Jack Bacot and current Art Director Paul Mehaffey). In September 2012, she became Editor-In-Chief.
SHE is an Altruistic Artist. During her fellowship in Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Blair had the opportunity to be involved with the organization The Family Effect, which provides drug treatment and support for individuals and families. As part of the requirements of the fellowship, her group created an art therapy program for the community at Serenity Place, an arm of the organization that is a residence for mothers in treatment and their children.
Recently, Blair was elected to the board of the Warehouse Theatre, which is celebrating more than 40 years as a professional stage presenting relevant, edgy, and thoughtful productions in Greenville.
SHE is a Connoisseur. Blair is fascinated by the culinary arts, and likes to travel and explore new tastes. She enjoys long meals with dear friends and family. She also loves to spend time outdoors cycling and hiking, as well as simply relaxing at home with her sweet boy Simba (who happens to be a cat).
SHE is a Community Cultivator. SHE is Blair Knobel!