Dallas has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.
Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around North Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Laylee Emadi Smith
My passion for education has transferred into my business, and I now mentor other photographers and host workshops and retreats, as well as lead a community group for local small business owners and creatives. Read more>>
I remember rushing through opening my gifts until I got to my camera. I just couldn’t wait to save every moment on a filmstrip. From then on I photographed anything & everything around me. I won’t ever be able to thank my mom enough for the time and money spent developing hundreds of my blurry out of focus photos. That started my passion that continues today! Read more>>
I have been tattooing for a little while now, I was 16 when I did my first tattoo. The tattoo I did was a script/memorial piece of a friends mom name on his shoulder she had passed away when he was younger it was great feeling to help someone going through something rough in their life. At that moment I realized I knew I wanted to be a tattooer and I could do something that can help people and also allows me to express myself through the art of tattooing. Read more>>
A picture does “speak” a thousand words but to view one of my photographs, then read the poetry tied it, and then dive back into the photo again (with the words you’ve just collected) should create a dimension of art that a painting or a still photograph really can’t achieve. Read more>>
My biggest passion is creating large scale sculpture. It’s both a physical and mental challenge to create a structure so much larger than myself. I feel these pieces are the most dynamic, and I really enjoy the aspect of displaying them in public areas where people can interact with them. Read more>>
I mean I don’t have this extravagant, awe inspiring story just a guy that enjoys taking pictures with a fancy camera. As far as photography goes I never took interest in it until I was in college. Up until then I was into sports, basketball and track, never in my life did photography enter my mind other than when my mom would make us take family pictures, and I hated it! Read more>>
I was born and raised in the Hamilton Park area of North Dallas. I attended Southern University and A&M after high school but I was kicked out within a few months as a result of the mischievous activities I was involved in. Read more>>
Lauren Guy Summersett
My business happened on accident while I was college. I was planning on opening a dance studio in DFW once I graduated but God had a better plan for my life! I took a photography elective my junior year of college (2010) and was hooked! Read more>>
When I was at Allen High School, I took a film class to fill an elective. There were two awesome teachers who taught the class, Dustin Parrish and JP Gregoriew. JP had a production company on the side where he produced feature films and music videos. Read more>>
I was introduced to the creative arts at an early age. My mother, was a freelance graphic artist, and had a plethora of interests, ranging from painting, to stamping, lettering, gift wrapping, and many more. Needless to say, I grew up with the urge to create, and the means to make my ideas come to life. Read more>>
I was in a dark and dry season of life and I felt the conviction to just start painting, so I bought some canvas’ and oil paints because I thought, “Oil painting seems so classy and I don’t know the difference anyway so I will just start with that.” I painted a lot of hearts at the time because I felt like my heart was being broken over and over again, in good ways and in hard ways. Read more>>
Passionate about photography she since was a teenager, Rachel Lankri has an eye for detail and a knack for knowing how to capture special moments. She has more than decade of experience in photography. She’s also a photographer in the DFW area with a talent for working with many different subjects in various situations. Read more>>