Writer Sefton Eisenhart
Photographer Eric Forberger

The Rooted Artist CollectiveDowntown York’s WeCo neighborhood is becoming the center of a “Made in York” movement that’s getting people talking and getting makers’ creations out of the studio and into the world.

This artistic revolution has set down roots in York. Thanks to The Rooted Artist Collective, more than 30 area creatives and the arts in all their array — painting, spoken word, poetry, music and more — have an outlet for creative output.

Dover Area High School graduates Carrie Peck and Jessica Flynn, and York County High School graduate Dustin Nispel, are the co-owners of this gallery space of artistic talent. They themselves have work on display, and Flynn and Nispel recently won an international poetry award after delivering “Bottom of the Blossom” at The Ditët e Naimit International Albanian Poetry Festival in Tetova, Macedonia.

They paint, write and perform spoken world. Nispel reads tarot cards, Flynn weaves dream catchers, and both Peck and Flynn creative jewelry. Nispel also specializes in stones and crystals. All these activities find a home at The Rooted. To be self-sustaining artists, they realized the advantage to branching out into different styles and media.

“Incorporating everything I love and enjoy allows me to survive, and we live a happy life,” Nispel says.

But don’t think this group is content to merely keeping the lights on. The trio has plans for expansion where they can hold artistic workshops for all ages, encompassing work ranging from painting to poetic presentations.

This Rooted team is dedicated to not only helping artists thrive by showcasing and sharing their work with the public, but also creating a place that invites and involves people to take a closer look at art from all angles.


The Rooted Artist Collective
101 N. Newberry St.
York, PA 17401