MakeShift Photography consists of Erin and Steve Reeves who have been collaborating since 2009. While the pair primarily work as fine art photographers, they work in a number of other areas including professional portraiture, production and performance stills, real estate photography, commissioned art, art reproductions and teaching classes on photography and digital printing. Their work has been published in Black & White Magazine, has been displayed at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and Kettle Art Gallery, and was commissioned for use in the new Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie and Richland Oaks Counseling Center in Richardson.
Kelly Clemons is a Dallas artist who was raised in the small town of Prosper, Texas. She has an BA in Literature Arts and Theater from Texas Tech Universtiy where she was first introduced to ceramics. Kelly stumbled upon a small and quaint studio on the outskirts of Lubbock where she learned the beauty and power of clay while throwing on an archaic kick wheel. Learning to control something that really doesn't want to be harnessed was alluring and she found the unpredictable nature of clay to be mentoring and therapeutic. Many years later, Kelly returned to clay and found herself working predominantly with the beautiful yet fickle medium of porcelain. She studios in Irving where she can be found many days exhausted and overwhelmed with the learning curve that porcelain demands, but some days she can be found drenched in victory. She is extremely grateful for the daily lessons of patience and humility that comes with being a full-time artist, and she looks back on that tiny, old world studio in Lubbock with immense gratitude and reverence.
Sheryl Anaya is a Puerto Rican artist who currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She graduated with BFA’s in both photography and sculpture from Texas Woman’s University. Her work explores themes related to identity, personal experience, and memory by way of installation and self-portraiture. Sheryl has exhibited in venues such as the Washington Street Art Center, the Dallas Public Library, K Space Contemporary and the Rockport Center for the Arts. She is a current member of 500X Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Sheryl is also the editorial assistant of Light Leaked, an online photography magazine that creates dialogue about photographic creation, both conceptually and in business.
Ross is a self-taught artist from Irving, Texas. Ross holds a degree in History from the University of Dallas. He began forming his artistic voice in the atmosphere of the early hardcore punk scene of Dallas. During this time, he found glimpses of beauty in the chaos of specific moments, and the courage to question the grand ...narratives that had formed his life’s early foundations. Ross developed his own metanarrative which he has called “The Road to the Store”. Based on the Kantian concept that beliefs are formed from the question, “what can I hope”, Ross sees himself as a traveler along a road with this question motivating his destination. In his art, Ross has created a symbolistic cast of characters who play out his narrative in beautiful glimpses of the chaos and uncertainty he has witnessed along his road to the store’s journey. His work has been featured in such venues as: 7th Street Cafe, Grapevine's Main Street Market and Coffee House, and Fort Worth's Artist and Co. Gallery.
Dylan is a young photographer, father, adventurer and advocate of humanity; with five busy years into his journey with the camera. Shortly after taking his first photograph, the lens and the pen quickly revealed themselves as instruments with which i could record and share glimpses of life as I witnessed it with others -leaving the viewer with a new perspective besides their own. He focuses on people, stories and events that have universal meaning and the potential to remind us of the broader life we often miss while lost in our own immediate journeys.
His work seems to be taking an ever-evolving course, similar to his life in most stages. Over the years the style has been fluid and experimental, but the meaning behind the work has been the constant: life, pattern, daily struggle, and the pure joy of being alive. He hopes to place the viewer in a familiar time or place, churn a memory that may have been long forgotten, or just make you remember why it is you love your life. The images portrayed may not always be the most pleasant of scenes, but the lasting memory they will leave will surely burn a pattern on your heart. His current series of work focuses on the blending and clashing of cultures and the socially perceived images they portray. From the staunch influence of pop culture on a celebrity crazed youth, to masculinity and what society says it means to “be a man”, no area is left untouched in this peek into how lives are affected from culture to culture.