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Emerging Expressions: The Next-Generation Artists of York, PA : Emerging Artists Special Feature


Creatively Pursuing The Art of Living : Artemis – The Art of Living


Stories From Sounds, Strings and Soul : The Guitar Spot


A Culinary Culture: Service, Spirit and Staff : White Rose Bar & Grill


Placing History at the Center of Culture & Community : York County History Center


Travel the World by Art and by Glass : The Handsome Cab


The Urban Yogi: Artistry in Movement : House of Yoga


Teeing Up for a New Future for Golf at Grandview : Grandview Golf Club


Destiny in the Design : Creativity Unleashed


Harvest on a Half Shell : Rockfish Public House


Grace and Peace for Living : Dominique Traina | Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty


Cultivating Artistic Traditions : York Traditions Bank


Marketview Arts: Hub for Culture, Creativity & Community : York College of Pennsylvania

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Bringing Musical Experiences to Campus & Community : York College of Pennsylvania


Raising the Bar for Community Theatre : CGA Law Firm


Visualizing the Art of Wealth Management : Smith, Mayer & Liddle


#HowYouHolla : Holla Vodka


People, Products, Service: The Art of Real Estate : Benchmark Real Estate Team


Art by the Beard: Zach Rupert : YRK Creative

Family + Fireworks + Food + Fun = July4York : York Revolution

@YRKMagazine /YRKMagazine @yrkmagazine


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YRK SUMMER 2017 EDITION CREDITS: Publisher | Executive Editor: Breanna Shorten Writer | Associate Editor: Michael Vyskocil Lead Designer | Production Editor: Becky Tibbits Designer | Illustrator: Zach Rupert Photographer: Eric Forberger Contributing Photographer: Krista Mattern Contributing Artist: Ophelia Chambliss

Over the past several years, the City of York has become both a home and an inspiration source for creatives and makers. York itself is like an artist’s paintbrush, a musician’s instrument and a performer’s stage, a tool to turn dreaming into doing. Look around York, and you’ll find artists of every discipline finding their place and turning their passions into their works of art. These artists themselves are realizing how sharing their works of art with others is leading to a fueled momentum for a flourishing arts and culture community in York. From the drafting table to the dinner table, from the music studios to the streets, we are witnesses to the life that art contributes to our community. Art brings people together in galleries and over great food; it prompts discussions on sidewalks and fosters the emergence of new talent. In this issue, we present the stories of three emerging artists in our community (pages 04–07) — young entrepreneurs who are embarking on their careers and choosing to jumpstart their futures in the arts here in York. We hope that their stories (and more that you can discover at continue to fuel creative conversations and social engagement surrounding the arts in York.

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Project Manager: John Hubbard Client Relations Manager: Kimberly Weakley Interns: Brandi Mummert Marley Dahlheimer Publishers: Chad Taylor Bill Hynes Patrick Dahlheimer Chad Gracey Pictured on the front cover: YRK Creative web and graphic designer Zach Rupert (see pages 44–45) contributes his distinctive hand-drawn illustration work to the cover design of this issue. Look closely at the hand motif on the front cover to find symbols within the design that reflect the interests of the Emerging Artists profiled on pages 04–07.

Emerging Expressions The Next-Generation Artists of York, PA

left to right : leah limpert walt , jason wilson - kageni and brady pappas

to a creative arts community, the City of York continues to be strengthened by the energy and innovation of its youth — individuals who are championing the development of a creative class that extends from downtown York into York County. Through their work, these emerging artists represent a new generation propelling York’s arts and culture forward. This spring, YRK set out to discover this youthful talent for ourselves through auditions aimed at highlighting these next-generation artists of York. We met dozens of people, heard many stories and listened to, held and viewed works representing almost every form of artistic media possible. On the following pages, we present the profiles of three emerging artists whom we selected from among all of our audition participants. Their stories are one of individuals who are beginning to forge their own paths and gain early attention for their work in the arts.


emerging artists writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

AGe: 30 Painting, Printmaking, 3-D Art Through the media of oil and canvas, Leah Limpert Walt creates imagery that evokes a subtle narrative quality, what she calls “a spiritual memory,” in the minds of those who encounter her art. Reflecting a Renaissance-style technique of indirect painting, her work emulates life — layers built upon layers “giving the pieces an innate luminosity and sense of turning form,” she describes.

As an active member of the York arts community over the last seven years, Limpert Walt has had her work featured in art exhibitions through The Parliament Arts Organization, Creative York, Harrisburg Area Community College, Zoetropolis and Prince St. Cafe. She was also a recipient of the Visionary Woman Honor’s Program Scholarship in 2015 from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Looking at her artwork, you may be tempted to think she’s been a lifelong oil painter, but she confesses that it wasn’t until she was only two years out of high school that she discovered a natural connection to the medium through an oil-painting class.

Being part of York’s artist community, she says, has been instrumental for her professional development, and she hopes to continue to get involved in more community art projects. “York invests in the talents and innovations of the people here. The supportiveness of the community when you reach out for it is oneof-a-kind.”

Since then, Limpert Walt has also immersed herself in the work of art through printmaking and 3-D art. But her largest artistic accomplishment, she says, has been pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster. “The education I’ve been lucky enough to receive has heightened my work exponentially,” she says. “The variety of perspectives that have contributed to my education has enriched my knowledge, my work and my own interest in teaching. It wasn’t easy to make the decision to go back to school, considering there’s almost a decade between my peers and me, but I am continually grateful for them and their feedback.”


AGe: 18 Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues Music Composition

The moment you find your voice in the arts is the moment you discover you’re capable of achieving anything. For 18-year-old Jason Wilson-Kageni, this statement strikes a chord for this emerging young professional musician. Afflicted with autism from birth, he recalls many difficult years working with speech therapists who tried to help him form sentences in his speech. “What they didn’t know,” he says, “is that I may not have been able to form words, but music was my saving grace.” After discovering his mother’s jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues CD collection at age 6, Wilson-Kageni began experimenting with musical compositions on a toy keyboard at his home. For his 10th birthday, he received a Casio keyboard gift from his mother that further fueled his work in music composition, culminating in the creation of his first single “Strong Enough,” where he addresses the challenges of living with autism. Last year, in his York hometown, Wilson-Kageni also released a collection of original compositions on a five-track EP and created a video that documents his reflections of life with autism.

Music, he says, helped him overcome challenges placed before him, and it was music that ultimately opened the door to his enrollment at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia starting this fall. Through his music, he hopes to become the voice of encouragement to people facing challenges that inhibit their dreams. York, he adds, has been instrumental in helping him explore his musical gifts. “York has been the place where I have been able to grow,” he says, noting the opportunities he’s had to perform for Equality Fest, First Friday events and at The Handsome Cab. “I hope to create beautiful music that will inspire anyone who has ever doubted themselves,” he says. “I want to become a successful music entertainer and travel the world to share my music. I eventually want to become a teacher to encourage other young children with autism to follow their dreams.”


AGe: 20 painting, photography Anyone who tells you that the arts can’t earn you a living never met Brady Pappas. His master work behind the lens has earned him prestigious placements in sources such as Creativ Magazine, Sheeba Magazine and promotional material developed for the PGA Tour. With a well-trained eye for developing evocative fashion and themed photographic work, as well as his uncompromising character of his visual work on canvas, Pappas has had opportunities to work with some of the leading creative agencies in New York City. But it’s the evolutionary spirit of the City of York, he says, that continually delivers the “inspiration, support and kindness” that continue to stoke his creativity. “I’m constantly discovering new things,” he says. “The people I’ve met downtown alone have helped shape me and my career in ways I will never be able to describe. What makes my heart full is the people here at home. For me, nothing is better than knowing you’ve inspired someone to pick up a paintbrush, go out of their comfort zone to create or just make an impact in general.”

Pappas, a York Suburban High School alum, says that while he yearns to break further into the fashion scene and shoot for major modeling agencies and brands, his long-term goal is to create avenues to give back through the arts. “I’m very passionate about teens in the world who have no creative outlet. I don’t think anyone realizes how much the arts can shape a person,” he says.“I want to eventually start a nonprofit where I can create warehouse-type buildings stocked full of unlimited art supplies in every medium for kids to go and create. I want them to have the freedom where they can spray paint legally, build what they please and even destroy whatever their hearts desire. I just want to inspire other creators and let them know that anything is possible no matter where you come from, how much money you have or where you’ve been!”




The Art of Living



the art of living

writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

donna deerin ward , artemis – the art of living

Artemis – The Art of Living is evidence of

Artemis – The Art of Living offers open art

the magic that happens when you take time

classes and artist workshops where people

to pause, listen and tap into your creative

of any age can come to draw and paint. The

expression. Founder Donna Deerin Ward

professionals who serve here specialize in the

knows firsthand the value of taking on

strenuous yet playful aerial yoga and different

that assignment.

yoga styles. Workshops with local artists and

After more than three decades of work in commercial real estate, she found herself

teachers further enhance the immersion into the Artemis experience.

craving something more. She was being called

Each quarter, Deerin Ward invites women

in a new direction, and the time had come

to reconnect with their body and soul through

to create something that would allow her to

movement and creativity during a weekend-

invest in and manifest her creative pursuits.

long women’s retreat. The summer dates

This quest for living a more intentional life

are July 22–23. With the seasonal beauty of

led Deerin Ward to the realization that she

the Susquehanna River as the backdrop,

wasn’t alone in her thinking. There was a need


for a place in York County where people could

opportunity to unplug from the stresses of

step out of their busy lives and travel a short

life and discover their soul purpose (details

distance to a sanctuary for the purpose of






time for themselves with others in a lovely and

“I want to inspire people to find their

welcoming communal space. This realization

purpose in life, and sometimes people

led to a career shift and the establishment of

surprise themselves with what that purpose

Artemis – The Art of Living.

is,” she says. “Creativity is about how you look

On the third floor of the historic Spangler/

at things and sometimes just changing your

Winters Building on North Main Street in Red

perception can help you become the person

Lion, you encounter a space constantly alive

you’re destined to be.”

with art, music and movement.


Time stands still once you walk through the door. Maybe it’s all of the people who inhabited this space since 1905, and maybe it’s the energy that cocoons each inhabitant. Whatever it is, it’s a sacred healing space!

30 N. MAIN ST. THIRD FLOOR RED LION, PA 17356 717.314.0110 /TheArtofLiving.Artemis

Stories From Sounds, Strings and Soul


the guitar spot writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

chad ward , the guitar spot

With a snap of the clasps, a grin widens on Chad Ward’s face. Lifting back the cover, his fingers reach forward to embrace an instrument embodying the soul of its creator. Like an epitaph emblazoned on its headstock, the words “The Sound” pay tribute to the musical craftsmanship of former mandolin maker Fred Snyder. Snyder’s mandolin is but one of hundreds of instruments whose stories you can tease out of their strings at The Guitar Spot in downtown Red Lion. Inside, you’ll find this setting home to one of the area’s largest selections of vintage, new, used and consignment folk instruments, electric guitars, classical guitars and basses, plus amps, PA equipment and drums. Ward, owner of The Guitar Spot, says he’s been a lifelong “pupil of the guitar.” His ceaseless fascination with the instrument over the course of his lifetime came to a head three years ago when he purchased the business from Randy Hake and expanded on the space that’s now home to 3,000 square feet of musical glory. Growing guitar walls of fame inside the shop document Ward’s knack for making musical matches possible for customers young and old. Downstairs, master luthier — a maker and repairer of stringed instruments — Jeff Hostetter goes to work reviving the strings and souls of the banjos, guitars and mandolins entrusted to his care. Upstairs, teachers Trey Alexander, Tony Auguirre, Randy Hake and Dean Phillips jam along with their students while shop mascot Oliver surveys the scene. “You have to love what you do. The heart gets what the heart wants,” Ward says as he cradles a Fender electric guitar between his arms. “We’re more than just a guitar shop. We’re here to give music of all styles back to the community.”


Follow The Guitar Spot on Facebook to catch a new guitar lick of the week or reserve a personal lesson with teacher Trey Alexander.

30 N. MAIN ST. RED LION, PA 17356 717.515.0815 /theguitarspotredlion

A CULINARY CULTURE: S E R V I C E , S P I R I T AND S T A F F From sidewalk to storefront, in paintings and in poetry, shared by song and on stage, you can count on York to deliver an authentic cultural experience through its creative and performing arts. Since 1933, White Rose Bar & Grill has delivered an equally authentic cultural experience for thousands of customers, a culinary culture formed by service, spirit and staff.


It’s the feeling of starting your day off with breakfast — served each day beginning at 7 a.m. — or eating lunch and dinner with your friends and loved ones and being treated like family when you dine here.

Spirit: It’s that conviviality you encounter when you walk into any one of the White Rose’s three bars — the Beaver Street Bar, the Philadelphia Bar and Stogies — and unwind from your workday with the best Happy Hour experience in town. Staff: It's the commitment of three generations of owner Tom Sibol's family, co-owner Jeremiah Anderson and the loyalty of over 100 employees in the kitchen, behind the bars and at the tables preparing and serving the drinks and dishes savored by patrons of all ages. Throughout its over 80 years of operations in York, White Rose Bar & Grill has consistently demonstrated a reliability you could set your watch by. Regardless of the day or the hour, the celebration or the season, foul weather (thanks to a new generator, even power outages from summer storms won’t leave diners in the dark) or fair, White Rose’s doors will always be open to community.


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Happy Hours are here again each day at White Rose Bar & Grill. Stop in from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for half-price beer, wine, mixed drinks and food specials.

48 N. BEAVER ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.848.5369 /Whiterosebarandgrill

Placing History at the Center of


Culture Community COMMUNIT Culture Here, the foundation of our country was forged over collaboration and conversation. Today, these two elements now foster the revitalization of a city where perspectives on the past shape insights into the future. In York, Pennsylvania, our history is something people can discover, engage with and share with others. Opening in 2020, the York County History Center will become a vibrant downtown hub for culture and community in the heart of downtown York. “With the extension of the York County Heritage Rail Trail, the economic potential for the downtown greenway is significantly broadened,” says York County History Center President Joan Mummert. “The History Center’s plan to connect the Colonial Complex with the steam plant property creates a destination that enhances economic development and the downtown experience.” This summer, the York County History Center embarks on a $5 million capital campaign, “Placing History at the Center.” Funds raised will help the York County History Center create a place where exhibits, programs and activities will tell the stories of York County and invite visitors of all ages and generations to discover York County’s unique history. On Saturday, June 24, the York County History Center invites you to Travel Through Time to Power the Future with family, friends and neighbors. It’s an event that will bring the community together in celebration of what makes York County, Pennsylvania, so special. Look for a full events schedule and information on how you can GIVE NOW! at


york county history center writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger renderings courtesy of warehaus

the york county history center campus


history center parking

future york county history center

philadelphia street

barnett bobb house

colonial court house gates house & plough tavern


You are to You areInvited Invited to POWER THROUGH history POWER THROUGH history as we Launch our 2017 Capital Campaign

Saturday, June 24 Family-friendly activities, entertainment and tours

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Colonial Complex | 157 W. Market St.

Creek Fire 7 – 10 p.m. Foundry Park | W. Clarke Avenue

Full activities schedule at


Look out for the 18th-century chickens and '20s-era swing dancers, and be sure to check out the Barnett Bobb House, where the brand-new renderings of the future museum will be on display.

250 E. MARKET ST. YORK, PA 17403 717.848.1587 /YorkCountyHistoryCenter


robert godfrey and andrew d ’ agenais

A liquid richness washes over your palate, introducing your taste buds to tones ranging from bold spiciness to fruity creaminess. Your eyes behold hues and shapes, creations on canvas from the palettes of York County artists. A perfect pairing, wine and art, comes together at The Handsome Cab in downtown York. Created by co-owners Robert Godfrey and Andrew D’Agenais, The Handsome Cab combines their shared love for world travels in search of wine and art. Patrons can sample more than 150 wines by the bottle, 20 wines on tap and more than 50 by the glass from almost every corner of the globe. Lunch and dinner menus reflect seasonality of ingredients — many as locally sourced as possible — plus flavors and textures complementing the wine offerings, including fig-andprosciutto panini, Moroccan-style meatballs and a chef’s cheese board, an ever-evolving assemblage of cheeses from around the world. Godfrey and D’Agenais say they also aim to give guests an immersion into the world of wine by offering year-round “Sunday School” classes that delve into wine regions and varietals plus group wine tasting events upon request.


the handsome cab writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

brenda wintermyer , just brenda studio gallery

michael brothers , michael brothers fine art

cherie brothers , cherie brothers stained glass

Demonstrating their commitment to supporting and profiling the work of area artists (including many who contributed to The Handsome Cab’s design and décor), the pair teamed up with York artist Brenda Wintermyer to create The Cab Art Gallery on the building’s second floor. Its intimate setting encourages guests to browse the gallery space with their beverage of choice and explore exhibits of local, regional, and national fine artists. Along with The Cab Art Gallery, Wintermyer maintains her own Just Brenda Art Studio in the building, along with the studios of Michael and Cherie Brothers and Wendy Hostler of Red Bus Studios. Cherie Brothers, stained glass artist, teaches classes in her studio. Displayed artwork is for sale, plus Cherie welcomes custom orders.


wendy hostler , red bus studios

Michael Brothers, fine artist, works in watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, cold wax & oil, collage, and abstract. “You get to meet people of different cultures, and I find that people who visit are just so accepting of the artists and their works,” Hostler says. “There’s no other place in York that does this,” Wintermyer says. “It’s not just a dining experience, but an art appreciation experience. People come in, and we talk about the art and the city, and they leave feeling culturally elevated.”

Stop by during Happy Hour on Tuesday evenings, 4 to 6 p.m. Five wines and appetizers are only $5.55 each.

106 N. GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.793.2413 /TheHandsomeCab

The Urban Yogi: Artistry in Movement Yoga exists where people exist. Urban yogis find places for their practice everywhere, from the roots of the yoga studio to city sidewalks and structures. At House of Yoga, owner, teacher and founding member Jackie Dahlheimer continually encourages her ever-growing tribe of yogis to connect with one another and take the learning from their practice with them. “A small donation-based yoga studio like ours can help impact the economic development of a city by having yogis moving through it,” she says. “After a practice in the studio, you’ll see our students getting lunch, going for a walk and creating community wherever they go.” Teacher and founding member Jessie Youtz believes that the studio provides a foundation for the practice that can then extend to city environments. “By changing the elements around you, you can change your perspectives of your practice.” “I like having the ability to do yoga anywhere. I see objects in the environment as being a good way to challenge my body and my perspectives,” adds teacher and member Crissy Gegg. “Practicing yoga in the city is also a good way to get people interested in and invite them to explore yoga.”

Hold that pose: Crissy and Jessie demonstrate the King Dancer/Standing Pulling Bow Pose in the West Market Street crosswalk.


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Out and about: Jessie and Crissy catch up after class over cool smoothies in Cherie Anne’s Courtyard CafÊ.

How about a handstand or two? Crissy and Jessie see York from an inverted perspective in front of the Philadelphia Street entrance to Central Market.

Bringing the practice to the people: Jessie and Crissy engage in some Warrior I poses outside the House of Yoga on West Market Street.

19 W. MARKET ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.793.2393 /HouseofYogaYork

TEEING UP FOR A NEW FUTURE FOR GOLF AT GRANDVIEW grandview golf club writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger


Steve and Jordan describe several planned improvements to encourage more members and nonmembers to golf at Grandview: These are the greens at a place that’s nurtured a love for the game of golf among scores of players over the decades: Grandview Golf Club. Today, York County’s oldest public golf course is being reimagined for a new generation. In March, the families of Jordan Chronister and Greg and Marc Bower, owners and managers of the brewvino gourmet pizza restaurant and bar in downtown York and at Grandview Golf Club, assumed ownership of the 18-hole course bordering Dover and West Manchester townships. Jordan’s father Steve, a former York County Commissioner, recalls memories of playing 54 holes a day here, winning his first tournament at age 15 at Grandview when his father (Jordan’s grandfather) was the pro and course superintendent and meeting the famous band leader Fred Waring, whose family once owned Grandview. “It’s a unique style of course compared to any other course in the county,” he says.

“I appreciate that uniqueness even more now that we own it,”

• From the parking lot, guests will be able to more easily access the new pro shop, which will feature retailers such as Titleist and FootJoy. • The addition of a larger driving range will complement the repositioning of several holes on the front nine. • At the on-site brewvino restaurant, Jordan says he’s aiming to do more daily and weekly specials, with tap takeovers planned for weekends. With its reputation for attracting some of the best golfers in York County, Grandview continues the tradition of golf tournament hosting, including this year’s 60th Annual Grandview 4-Ball Bob Little Match Play Invitational held in early June. “We came in and did something different for the first time in close to 100 years. Tying together golf with the hospitality through brewvino will invite people to come back and continue to make this place successful,” Steve adds. “We see a great future for Grandview.”

Jordan says, recalling his days of junior golf at Grandview.



There’s a membership level for just about every level of golfer at Grandview, including frequent-player and season passes.

2779 CARLISLE RD. YORK, PA 17408 717.764.2674 /grandviewgc

DESTINY IN THE DESIGN With a shake and a hiss, color contacts canvas. As he rhythmically directs the flow and direction of the spray, York artist Ramon Treviño fixes his gaze forward. Ocean blue and violet, forest green and vermillion … they are like the shades of a personality intertwined with the very art he creates. Growing up amid a hip-hop culture he identified with in an unlikely geographic setting — Lancaster County — Treviño says he connected with graffiti art’s visual style. There was something about the uncompromised boldness that motivated him to practice and practice, experimenting with nozzle types and textures. With a dream of becoming an artist that couldn’t be quelled, Treviño put his destiny into design in 2003 — and he’s never looked back since. His introduction to York’s art scene began when he enrolled at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts (now the Art Institute of York). Over time, relationships with York’s artists over paint and canvas were formed. “As I discovered these great artists, I found myself being more and more impressed by the high level of talent in York. Here, you have the humbleness and willingness of these artists to pull you in and help you become part of the art scene.” Since making York his home, Treviño has created graffiti art murals and commissioned work for Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark, Timeline Arcade, Locust Grove Elementary School, Primo Pizza Express and private home collections. Through his art, he tries to help people, particularly youth, identify their destinies. “I didn’t find the artist inside me until later on in life, even though I’ve been drawing since I was 12,” he says. “Your destiny is based on what makes you feel alive. What would be your dream job? What are you passionate about? When you answer those questions, you have the keys to reaching that destiny.” York, he adds, is the type of creative community that fosters this discovery and exploration. “It’s a small town that’s open to and appreciates its arts. I’d like to see York continue to be innovative with its arts — just being bold and in your face, not trying to fit into a mold.”


creativity unleashed writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

144 ROOSEVELT AVE. STE 100 YORK, PA 17401 717.848.4000 /YorkCounty CreativityUnleashed

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rockfish public house writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

Even if you can’t make a trip down to the shore this summer, Rockfish Public House (RPH) brings the seaside experience to you in downtown York. Executive Chef Abby Shelley and the RPH team have the pleasure of working with seafood at its prime — always fresh, never frozen. In the Shellfish Pasta, middleneck clams, mussels and shrimp meet a buttery lemon-white wine sauce accented with shallots, chorizo, fresh herbs, tomato and Parmesan cheese. Served with cavatappi pasta and garnished with a grilled baguette, this dish bursts forth on the plate and in your mouth with its piquant flavors and textures. Harvested from the coastal waters of New England, “lobstas” are synonymous with summer. RPH gives lobster lovers a lot to love about its crab-stuffed lobster. A split cold water lobster tail serves as a snug bed for a colossal lump crab cake. All you need is some drawn butter to bring out the sweetness of this seafood specialty. They don’t call it fresh fish for nothing. Since RPH sources so much of its seafood direct from places up and down the East Coast, guests have the pleasure of sampling the daily fish specials that can include Chesapeake Bay rockfish, Florida grouper and Massachusetts cod. Whether pan seared, blackened, broiled or batter dipped and fried, let the RPH chefs do the cooking tonight while you enjoy the catch of the day on your plate. For a casual gathering with family and friends, order yourself some freshly shucked oysters and clams and pair them with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail of your choice from the RPH bar. Who needs to travel out of town when you’ve got these gems from the ocean delivered fresh in downtown York?


Get your seafood on the go. Rockfish Public House also offers bulk seafood from oysters to crab cakes for carryout (call in advance to check availability).

110 N. GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.893.5928 /RockfishPub

your new personal retreat in york county could be here at 158 springhouse lane in spring grove .

GRACE AND PEACE FOR LIVING dominique traina | lusk & associates sotheby ’ s international realty writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger


lake pahagaco provides a serene setting for this lakeside retreat , complete with a private deck , dock and 855 feet of private shoreline .

margaret glatfelter with gwendolyn

Within its walls, nature takes hold of your soul. From the exposed wood-beamed ceiling over your head to the reclaimed antique wood flooring underneath your feet, every living space inside this majestic Spring Grove– area home envelops you, invites you to reconnect with yourself and surrounds you with its peace. As she gazes across Lake Pahagaco from the home’s private deck, property owner Margaret Glatfelter shares the story of the home she infused with a vitality for living. “I created this space to support a peaceful lifestyle. It is margaret glatfelter , dominique traina , and gwendolyn

the canvas for living,” she says. “The materials and local craftsmanship of those materials harmonize to create a symphony of natural design elements.” As the founder and creative director of the Lalitha Institute, Glatfelter is a well-respected international healer, speaker and trainer in personal development and traditional healing. She applied principles of Vastu, a traditional Hindu-inspired approach to design architecture, to infuse the interior and the surrounding landscape of the home with energy and a grace for living. Dominique Traina, York-based Real Estate agent for Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty, says that upon being present inside this living space for the first time, she felt at once the quaintness, warmth and peace that this home conveys. “People don’t always recognize what York County has to offer,” she says, noting the scores of artisans who handcrafted each detail, from bookcase moldings and staircase balustrades to the kitchen décor and creation of the front doors. “It’s almost awe-inspiring to witness what top-notch craftspeople we have working here.” “When you have natural living, breathing materials,” Glatfelter adds, “you have a living foundation. For people who have a demanding life outside the home, this is an oasis for restfulness.”


Witness the artistry and explore the handcrafted details of this home for sale at 158 Springhouse Lane, Spring Grove, in person. Contact Dominique Traina at 717.683.0092 to schedule a private tour of the property.

OFFICE: 717.291.9101 DIRECT LINE: 717.683.0092 /agentdominiquetraina



york traditions bank writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

gerald davidson , gerald davidson studio , and eugene j . draganosky , president and ceo , york traditions bank

Art, like relationships, reflects perspectives and personality. This philosophy applies to York’s artist community, one that demonstrates diversity in personality. One of the greatest ways you can show support for artists is to purchase their work. With that philosophy in mind, York Traditions Bank has created a tradition of its own that supports York’s artists. Traditions Center on Pauline Drive is home not only to the bank’s administrative headquarters, but also an art gallery–like collection containing work purchased from area artists. What began as seven pieces of art — curated with the help of York artist Brenda Wintermyer — has now grown to include works from 13 local artists representing media ranging from glass sculpture and photography to works of acrylic and oil on canvas. Throughout Traditions Center, artwork prominently graces conference spaces, offices and hallways. Gerald Davidson, a member of the Artist Collective at Rudy Art Glass Studio and owner of Gerald Davidson Studio on East Philadelphia Street, is one of the featured artists. His three multicolored sculptural glass hangings, Earth Totems, add geometric vibrancy and color to Traditions Center. “Throughout the entire process — from the selection of my work and its installation to the [Center’s] grand opening — I could tell that relationships were important to the bank and its personnel,” Davidson says. “I felt that it was more than the art; they were also interested in getting to know me and the stories of the pieces.” York Traditions Bank President and CEO Eugene J. Draganosky hopes that this tradition of bringing works from local artists to Traditions Center will continue to highlight the contributions of York’s flourishing arts community. “The banking industry, by nature, can be very distinct and concrete. Adding original art to our workspace helps bring balance to the numbers and calculations. The colors, shapes, forms and shades are all open to individual interpretation,” Draganosky says. “Because the artists live here in the community, we’ve had the unique opportunity to talk with them firsthand about the motivation behind their creations, and we’ve made new friends along the way.”

226 PAULINE DRIVE YORK, PA 17402 717.741.1770 /yorktraditionsbank MEMBER FDIC

HUB FOR CULTURE, CREATIVITY & COMMUNITY Set amid downtown York’s Market District, Marketview Arts (37 W. Philadelphia St.) is a place that stimulates creative thinking and doing. Inside, an almost infectious energy of innovation and enthusiasm for big ideas gives rise to an equally big idea itself, one that will contribute to the future growth of York’s cultural identity. York College of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), in partnership with community stakeholders, is re-envisioning the Marketview Arts space to bring students, faculty and community members together to further enhance the cultural connections established by York’s longstanding arts organizations. Marketview Arts houses exhibition gallery space, a letterpress studio and maker spaces for fine art and graphic design students, as well as spaces for the College’s Marketview Artists. “We want this to be a meeting place, a place that brings a diverse group of people together to hatch ideas, surrounded by creative people and inspiring art of all kinds,” says Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the CCE. The Center’s Director of Operations Nick McConnell says that the building’s location across from Central Market makes it both an attractive space to draw students downtown and an ideal setting where students can gain experience planning and hosting artsrelated events for community members of and visitors to York. YCP alum Cody Bannon, recipient of the College’s 2016–2017 Appell Arts Fellowship, says his involvement in Design Quake’s design thinking workshop and the Fellowship experience allowed him to contribute his own ideas for the future of Marketview Arts. “I’m hoping it becomes a central hub for art happenings downtown,” he says. “I think this place has huge potential to bring theater, music and the arts together here.” Troy Patterson, assistant professor of graphic design and letterpress in York College’s Department of Communication and the Arts, has personally witnessed the public connection with Marketview Arts. First Friday events held in the College’s letterpress studio — which will move to an expanded location in the building this summer — have regularly attracted visitors over the last five years. “Having this space allows our students to work in a functioning laboratory for creative thinking, processes and hands-on making.”


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From hosting small gatherings to groups of up to 150 people, Marketview Arts makes an attractive events rental space in downtown York.

37 W. PHILADELPHIA ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.815.1213 /MarketviewArts

Bringing Musical Experiences to Campus & Community york college of pennsylvania

writer brandi l . mummert

photographer eric forberger

Crashing cymbals, instrumental solos and powerful vocals come to a smooth blend through the sliding switches and blinking lights lacing the studio sound board. This professional recording space isn’t in Nashville or Los Angeles, but here in York, PA. York College of Pennsylvania’s (YCP) Music Industry and Recording Technology (MIRT) program takes music industry training beyond the classroom through experiential coursework and the York Music Group (YMG). This student-run organization with five distinct divisions gives students opportunities to create, produce, manage and plan dynamic music-based events. Last fall, York College unveiled its state-of-the-art campus recording studio. Here, students in the YCP Records division of YMG don’t simply learn about record labels, producing or promoting artists — they’re actually doing this work. “Other colleges only sign students to their labels,” says Dr. Shawn Young, assistant professor of music and director of the music industry program. “We’re looking at ways to work with bands and artists in the community, so we can run this as a label, not a simulation.”


Since graduating in 2016, YCP alum Dan Meyer’s training in the MIRT program enabled him to record and mix recordings for Central City Orchestra, assist in production for YCP Records and run sound for both the LAUNCH Music Festival and Conference and the entertainment department of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. “The hands-on experience gave me a chance to build a portfolio so that by the time I got into the ‘real world,’ I already had the experience required to excel,” he says. YMG’s live events aren’t limited to the campus only. Its York Live division focuses on connecting the College with downtown York’s music scene. York Live frequently invites area artists to headline in venues such as Central Market. “These connections will benefit local artists partnering with YMG and our own professional lives once we graduate,” explains Jake Marshall, YMG’s newly appointed COO. Nathan Trump, YCP senior and YMG’s current COO, adds, “That’s an incredible feeling if just one person can say their day has changed because they stopped by one of our concerts or was involved in York’s music scene.”


Look for new musical events hosted by YMG in the York community this fall.

441 COUNTRY CLUB RD. YORK, PA 17403 717.846.7788 /yorkcollegepa





Don’t miss downtown York’s biggest party of the summer: July4York. Presented by York Traditions Bank, this free Fourth of July community event packs plenty of family fun, festivities, and fireworks into one spectacular evening at PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution. “The July4York fireworks display epitomizes the beauty and excitement of the day. Freedom. Liberty. Pride. Family. It all comes together on that field. To see it crystallize with the lights and stars in the sky is heartwarming, and celebrating it together with our community is an amazing honor,” says Mike Kochenour, founder and chairman of the board for York Traditions Bank. “There aren’t many traditions as lofty or longlasting as the celebration of America’s independence, so it’s a natural fit for York Traditions Bank to be a part of supporting this tradition in York.”


york revolution writer michael vyskocil illustrations by zach rupert photographer eric forberger

WH W H AT TO DO BE F O RE THE FIREWORKS BEGIN Explore Stauffer’s Playground inside PeoplesBank Park with your kids; activities include a carousel, inflatable slides, obstacle courses and more Get in a game of cornhole and CanJam on the warning track Enjoy your favorite ballpark concessions and beverages Experience live performances from talented York County musical artists

H E DUL E JULY4YORK ACTI V I TI E S S C CH 5:30 p.m. | Gates open to the Family Fun Festival on Brooks Robinson Plaza 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Tethered hot-air balloon rides on the field, presented by CGA Law Firm 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | July4York Americana Musical Festival, hosted by Mike Males of along with York County musician Jeff Stike and singer-songwriter Callie Tomblin

9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | July4York Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group


Arrive early in the evening to get the best pick of parking and the best seat on the field for the fireworks.

5 BROOKS ROBINSON WAY YORK, PA 17401 717.801.4487 /yorkrevolution

Raising the Bar for

Community Theatre On this stage, characters and plots play out for audiences. Actions and expositions, sets and stories … York’s community theatre flourishes with creative productions and equally creative individuals such as Jack Hartman and Tom O’Shea. Hartman, a practicing trial and health law attorney for CGA Law Firm, has served in acting and directing roles for numerous theatre productions in the mid-Atlantic region. At The Belmont Theatre (formerly The York Little Theatre), he’s appeared as William Gillette in Postmortem, Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s also directed the award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Storytelling, he says, is as fundamental to courtroom settings as it is to theatrical scenes. “Drawing from the techniques of the authors whose works I have either directed or performed is incredibly helpful in developing strategies to make the story compelling.” Legal settings themselves also provide inspiration for O’Shea, a practicing family law attorney at CGA Law Firm. As the script writer and director for The Bar Stools, an acting ensemble of York County Bar Association members, O’Shea says his own cases and cases he hears about from other attorneys provide inspiration for what he writes into scripts of productions such as Snow White and the Seven Associates.


cga law firm writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

“Theatre is a creative outlet and a break from the pressures of the practice of law," O’Shea says. “At the same time, theatre requires confidence and public speaking, and it’s great training for lawyers.” Both Hartman and O’Shea praise the caliber of York’s creative theatre talent. “When directing Cuckoo’s Nest, I was asked often how I received permission to hire professional actors. I didn’t,” Hartman says. “They, like Tom and me, and everyone involved are purely voluntary members of a dedicated artistic community committed to their art.” “My wife and I know many of the members of the [Belmont’s] cast and crew,” O’Shea adds. “The Belmont Theatre allows us to actively participate in the production of live theatre, and that makes theatre an even more important part of our lives.”

135 N. GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401 717.848.4900 tom o ' shea , attorney

jack hartman , attorney


Visualizing the Art of Wealth Management Bold brushstrokes lend color, texture and dimension to this canvas. Together, they shape a creation that weaves together professional backgrounds, upbringings, capabilities, values and vision in a work of art. When Kevin Smith, Holly Mayer and Alyssum Keefer — the wealth advisory professionals of Smith, Mayer & Liddle, a York-based wealth advisory group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC — were seeking a way to introduce prospective clients to their holistic wealth management group, they turned to York fine artist, educator and muralist Ophelia Chambliss for creative insight. Their collaboration resulted in a work of art that graces the cover of the Smith, Mayer & Liddle introductory brochure and a wall inside their Susquehanna Trail office. The narrative conveyed through the visuals Chambliss selected is as personal to the Smith, Mayer & Liddle team as the group’s personal approach to financial planning. Facades of buildings on the campus of Smith’s Gettysburg College alma mater, for example, are set amid rural local motifs and touches of York (such as the white rose). Symbols such as the family motif represent multigenerational planning and reflect client values of securing a financial future for home and family. “What we offer to our clients is unique,” Smith says. “It was important to connect with a unique artist like Ophelia for what we envisioned.” “Financial planning is in itself an art. The way Ophelia created this image is similar to what we do as wealth advisory professionals — craft customized solutions combining multiple elements and disciplines to help clients put together the pieces of their personal financial strategy in an orderly but artful way,” adds Mayer. Visualizing the art of wealth management, Chambliss says, was a creative challenge. But, “for artists, we appreciate the people who appreciate our art. When you start entering into the story of the visual art, you get the sense that they [Smith, Mayer & Liddle] care about their clients and their community. I’m glad I was able to convey that in this artwork.”


smith , mayer



writer michael vyskocil art courtesy of ophelia chambliss


YORK, PA 17404 717.779.2769



Your vodka is boring: Who says that vodka needs to be foreign and elitist to be good? Holla Vodka believes otherwise. “Everything about us is fun. You don’t have to buy into claims of sophistication to achieve quality,” says Patrick Shorb, cofounder — along with longtime friend and business partner Matt Glaser — of Yorkbased Holla Spirits, creators of Holla Vodka. Dedicated to uniting spirits through social experiences, Holla Vodka is nothing like your parents’ vodka. Sourced from American grains and produced in Pennsylvania, Holla Vodka is “youthfully pure on the front edge with an intriguing, mature finish,” as Shorb describes.


holla vodka writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger

Whether consumed on its own or blended into any number of Holla-inspired drink creations (HollaTini, HollaMule, HollaBerry and HollaPunch), this vodka is unpretentious and infinitely approachable. Speaking of approachable, you’ll find Holla Vodka served at an ever-growing base of downtown York and York-area bars and restaurants: White Rose Bar & Grill, Rockfish Public House, Granfalloons, Blue Moon, Victor’s, Red Robin, Murph’s Study Hall, Alley Oops Sports Bar & Grill and Brickyard Tavern. Besides enjoying a drink during a night out with friends, you can bring the Holla experience home with you. Available via special order at all Pennsylvania state Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores, Holla Vodka is also in the process of expanding its retail presence and distribution in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and beyond. Holla Vodka recently received a silver medal for taste in the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and will be featured on this summer’s season of the Fusion network’s hit series Hotmixology. While gatherings and great times shape its esprit de corps, Shorb says Holla Vodka is also committed to doing something unconventional in the spirits industry — giving a Holla for heroes. Each year, Holla Spirits will donate a portion of its profits to support charitable causes ranging from Penn State’s THON and FSIG (the Fabry Support & Information Group) to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more in the upcoming fall issue of YRK.

Catch Holla on this summer's season of Fusion network's hit series Hotmixology

Holla Vodka is vodka redefined. Let’s hear #HowYouHolla.


Chill Holla Vodka before serving for a drink that will put the punctuation marks of coolness on your summer parties.

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PEOPLE, PRODUCTS, SERVICE: THE ART OF REAL ESTATE benchmark real estate team writer michael vyskocil photographer krista mattern


benchmark real estate team : chase mcgowan , jeff inch and john w . inch jr .

Like people, homes have a way of making connections. By bringing people together, they create shared experiences, encourage expressions of personal style and contribute to new ideas for living. Since its founding, Inch’s Landscaping has dedicated itself to furthering connections between people and their homes through artful creativity and design in landscaping. Today, this dedication enters a new service area in real estate with the creation of the Benchmark Real Estate Team. Together with his brother John, Jeff Inch says that real estate interests have always been a part of his family, thanks to the influence of a grandfather who worked in the construction industry. “We want to drive people, products and service,” he says. “We’ve built great relationships with our clients over the years with our landscaping, but now we want to focus more deeply on the service through real estate consulting and giving people a better understanding of the value of their homes.”

This level of service, he says, is where the Benchmark Real Estate Team excels. Not only can the team offer homeowners suggestions for boosting a home’s curb appeal, for example, but those suggestions can be immediately implemented thanks to the resources available through Inch’s Landscaping. “We really understand the people and the product,” he says, “and we’re able to help our customers with their homes, whether they’re buying or selling. As they think about what they could update, we can help them understand the value and the cost.” Inch adds that he looks forward to assisting people in a real estate market where he’s been fortunate enough to work in for many years: York County. “When people buy a house, their energy level is so high. They have a lot of passion toward what they’re going to be living in. To play a part in that decision excites me, and I think that being able to help people make educated decisions about the places they live is what will motivate us to work hard for our customers.”


From beds and borders to lawns and hardscapes, don’t underestimate the power of landscaping to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

2950 LEWISBERRY RD. YORK, PA 17404 717.755.1565

Art by the Beard:

zach rupert yrk creative writer michael vyskocil photographer eric forberger illustrations by zach rupert

He’s the guy behind the "spoopy" skulls, Fifth Friday art and T-shirt and sticker designs proudly made in downtown York: Zach Rupert (aka Rupert Beard). As YRK Creative’s web and graphic designer, Zach’s always got pen and paper at the ready for any logo work, layout or web design project that comes his way.

Q: How would you describe your illustration style? A: I personally describe it as awful, and frankly, I am just amazed every time someone

likes it. Really, you should see my face when someone agrees to give me money in exchange for a shirt or sticker. I am just flabbergasted. I have had people describe it as simple but bold, which I think is quite fitting.

Q: What’s great about living and working in York as an artist? A: I like that York is growing. For the most part, I have lived here for about 10 years,

and to see how much downtown, and York in general, has grown is remarkable to me. I love the opportunity to be here and see it become this great community.

Q: What’s one of the coolest illustrations you ever created and why was it special to you? A: Well, any of the illustrations I made about pizza are obviously my favorite, mainly

because pizza is my motivation to get up in the morning every day. I am also proud about the way my poster illustration for Zōe LaBelle turned out, and it also was a billboard, which is always fun.

Q: What’s the direction you’d like to see your art go in the future? A: Truthfully, I want to run the world, but I feel like I need to achieve smaller goals first.

To be completely honest, I love what I am doing with it right now. I guess, if anything, I would just like to keep expanding on the reach it has.

Q: It’s probably a question you get asked a lot ... why the beard? A: Well, I am a short, chubby man, so, if I don’t have a beard, I look almost exactly

like a cherub illustration from the Renaissance era. Plus, random people love to ask if they can touch it, or they ask how long it took me to grow it, which are completely normal questions.


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YRK | No. 17 | Summer 2017  

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