For those of you filling up some of your stay-at-home time with social media, you've probably figured out that there's something for every life-during-COVID mood, craving, or fear. Stress-baking food porn. WFH beauty tips and parodies. Heartbreaking and hopeful stories of heroic healthcare professionals. And, of course, every celebrity and service trying to pivot their brand towards all things cozy and homey, as if we were all just on some extended hygge holiday. 


With much of our lives (work, family, friends, and the arts) now experienced virtually, screentime is increasing and ROI, at least in terms of emotional satisfaction, may not be keeping pace. Now more than ever, we need to be mindful of what we consume. While guilty pleasures and escapism have their place, we need some balance. 

As I put together this list, its purpose and shape kept changing. What was it exactly that I was recommending and why?  In prequarantine times you'd find an artist's social media handle tucked into the narrative of a review, or listed at the end among the "contact" and "get more information" content. But without an IRL show or studio visit, the social has become the message. 

The ten local artists listed here make wonderful art. But you'll find more than that when you connect with them on Instagram. Each brings a unique, yet artful blend of words and images, instruction and interaction, person and persona. You'll meet the artists, understand their process, see what inspires and frustrates them. There'll be works-in-progress, calls for feedback, shout-outs to fellow artists, behind-the-scenes looks at home studios, and, of course, pet pics. Simply put, you'll be spending time with talented, thoughtful people, who thrive on engagement and beauty. And that's time well spent. 

Artngarden/Robert Chapman: @artngarden

Image: Detail from illustrated print with cat inside the letter Image: Detail from illustrated print with cat inside the letter "u" on the left and a dog inside the letter "u" on the right. Photo from Instagram

Robert Chapman is a local treasure and so is his Instagram. Smart, funny, and reflective of the artist's broad range of work, from wood type and block printmaking to mixed media mosaics.

Kim Caisse: @kimcaisseart

Image: Photo of grey clay sculptures drying on board. Photo from Instagram.
Image: Photo of grey clay sculptures drying on board. Photo from Instagram.

Kim Caisse's winsome mini-oil paintings and sculptures invite you a world of pure imagination. And time spent with the artist on IG is just as delightful. You'll see pics of works-in-progress as well as videos from the artist. 

Carol Farnum: @carolfarnumart

Image: Photo of artist Carol Farnum standing in front of canvas with pale pink paint. Photo from Instagram
Image: Photo of artist Carol Farnum standing in front of canvas with pale pink paint. Photo from Instagram

Carol Farnum invites you into her work and her workspace with gorgeous photos and thoughtful words. She's also honest about the challenges of being a full-time artist, especially these days.

Hooey Batiks: @hooeybatiks

Image: Photo of hand-dyed taupe fabric with floral pattern. Photo from Instagram.
Image: Photo of hand-dyed taupe fabric with floral pattern. Photo from Instagram.

Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks is rocking IG with some cool new video clips of her process. Plus her kitty (and chicken) pics are pure joy.  

Jason Lindsey: @jasonlindseyphoto

Image: Photo of woman's face fading behind nighttime treescape. Photo from Instagram
Image: Photo of woman's face fading behind nighttime treescape. Photo from Instagram

Jason Lindsey serves up some thoughtful words on his work and his inspiration. The image shown above is from his "Climate Kids’ series. Plus, he's started a gofundme to help support the photo assistants who have made his work possible. 

Marc-Anthony Macon: @marcanthonymacon

Image: Abstracted painting of soba plate with bright colors. Photo from Instagram
Image: Abstracted painting of soba plate with bright colors. Photo from Instagram

You may know Macon from his unique style of bright pop-punk collage. Following him on Instagram offers a deeper dive into his inspiration. For example, the description for the work above reads "I started this Soba series in 2015 with the goal of doing 1,001 variations on one lovely bowl of soba made for me by a dear friend. [Five] years later, I'm finally almost done. Just 20 more to complete the series. Once that's done, the work begins on figuring out how to affordably exhibit 1,001 pieces in one space." 

Sampson and Delilah/Cindy Sampson: @sampsonndelilah

Image: Photo of painting of woman and cat in process in artist's studio. Photo from Instagram.
Image: Photo of painting of woman and cat in process in artist's studio. Photo from Instagram.

Watch Sampson's unique mixed media/collage collections emerge step-by-step and enjoy the artist's warmth and humor along the way. 

Gregory Stallmeyer: @vonstall

Image: Photo of black motorcycle tank painted with brightly colored lines and fluorishes. Photo from Instagram
Image: Photo of black motorcycle tank painted with brightly colored lines and flourishes. Photo from Instagram

Having had the pleasure of hanging out with Gregory Stallmeyer at this studio, I can say for certain that his Insta is the next best thing. His photos tend to highlight unique details, challenging you to see the word in new ways. The vibrant colors and dynamic compositions are just the pick-me-up we all need right now. 

Steampunk Grub/EKAH: @steampunkgrub

Image: Photo of pencil drawing of animals seated amongst bookstore shelves reading. Photo from Instagram
Image: Photo of pencil drawing of animals seated amongst bookstore shelves reading. Photo from Instagram

There are few among us who do social like EKAH. And if you've attended any of her talks or shows you know how well she tells stories and shares what's she learned. Now imagine all of this, plus community engagement, love for her fellow artists, and gorgeous photos of her felines and you've got EKAH's Insta. 

XXMedium/Maxx Gogski: @xxmedium

Image: Photo of beagle seated at sewing machine making masks. Photo from Instagram
Image: Photo of beagle seated at sewing machine making masks. Photo from Instagram

Whether she's creating adorable parasite pins, designing beer cans for Matsuri, or getting her beagle to pitch in on the mask-making effort, Maxx Goski's Instagram is as vibrant as the artist herself.  Plus, she's started livestreaming classes for makers and illustrators.