Best Local Art Enthusiasts In Minnesota To Follow On Twitter

September 16, 2013 7:00 AM

In this age of technology, you don’t have to be a member of Andy Warhol’s factory to be a part of an exciting, vibrant arts scene. With just a click of a button (or touch on a screen), you can be in-the-know about our local arts scene. Specifically, social media like Twitter offers a great tool not only to find out about galleries, events and shows happening today and tomorrow, but also how to get involved. How to be a part of a scene that might previously have been unknown to you. With Twitter, you have a direct link to those dedicating their lives to the arts, and the art scene they represent. Follow the following tweeters to get the scoop on Minneapolis/Saint Paul art.

Jay Gabler

As the arts editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Jay has had his fingers in the arts scene for years. Jay Gabler brings his unique and witty views on local artists, writers and creators of all types to his writing, and never more concisely than through his tweets. Both his experience with the arts and the art scene shines through and there’s no better link to his point of view than his Twitter page. Whether it’s a 140-character-or-less art review or just musings about life (and life is art), Jay Gabler’s insight is worth having in your feed.

(credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Matthew A. Everett

Interested in theater? So is Matthew Everett. As a playwright (most recent piece played at the 2013 Fringe Festival), he is a great resource for any emerging playwrights, critics or interested audience members. But he doesn’t want to tell you just about his own work, he wants the whole world to know about the Minneapolis theater scene and those who are a part of it. The Minnesota Fringe Festival, a crowning jewel in local theater, is a great place to see what our writers, directors and performers are up to, and no one covers it better than Matthew. Whether it’s his piece or another worth seeing, Matthew’s Twitter will have everything you need to know.

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Joe Spencer

Before Joe Spencer became Saint Paul’s “king of cool,” he was an actor and a tap dancer. Now, bringing arts, music and culture back to Saint Paul’s quiet streets, he has become the go-to source for happenings in Saint Paul. As the mind behind Amsterdam Bar and Hall, quickly becoming Saint Paul’s premier music venue, and Irrigate, the arts project that is transforming University Avenue, as well as bringing outdoor music festivals to Lowertown’s Mears Park, no one has been more enthusiastic about the arts in Saint Paul. His Twitter page is a hub for local activity and he always welcomes conversation from his followers.

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

Jehra Patrick

Creating art, viewing art, supporting art and writing about art is what Jehra Patrick does, and few can match her enthusiasm. From gallery viewings, to local art events, to insider’s information on where to catch the next show, Jehra’s Twitter page is a great source for anyone interested in checking out the ever-growing, always-changing art landscape in Minneapolis. Working hard to keep the arts flourishing, Jehra has worked with the Walker Art Center, one of the premier art institutions in the country, as well as for, supporting emerging and established artists through dozens of arts programs and fellowships.

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Pamela Espeland

Writing about the local arts scene for Artscape, MinnPost, Star Tribune and more, as well as being a go-to for MPR’s Art Hound, Pamela has proven that her her passion for the local arts scene is unwavering. Her Twitter account is full of information on local art fairs to pop culture, and full of conversations about everything in between. And if you want to know about jazz, Pamela is truly one of a kind. Through her Twitter and her website, you can learn everything you’d want to know about jazz (and more, but mostly jazz), whether it’s playing right around the corner from you or making an international impact.

Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.

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