York City government officials, economic-development pros and businesspeople are hoping to reinvent York through the talents of creative people. Allow us to introduce you to the folks who could be the key to unlocking York's future. Using video, photos and text, we're putting together a database of sorts, showcasing local artists of all stripes. Check out the other artists we've tracked down and featured. We call this section "I Art York."
Alexis Duncan has always been creating.
The 19-year-old York City woman said she spent her childhood immersed in arts and crafts.
But it was just 18 months ago that Duncan discovered the art form she's turned into a small business and, maybe some day, a career.
Duncan is a glass blower who makes colorful pendants and sells them as jewelry.
Duncan said she fell in love with the fragility of glass and the intensity of a torch as a tool.
"You have to be so careful," she said.
Duncan admits she's still learning. But she's found enthusiastic customers online, where she posts photos of her pendants and smoking devices.
She's shipped her glass creations to other states, and a retail store recently started selling Duncan's art.
Duncan said she's considering formal training -- possibly at a school in New York -- as her next step.
In the meantime, Duncan said she's happy in York.
"It's really hard to find real, genuine people these days," Duncan said. "I found a lot of mine through the art scene."
HOW SHE WOULD IMPROVE YORK'S ART SCENE: Duncan said she'd like to see more local stores open their shelves to original art created by local artists.
WHERE TO FIND HER: Duncan posts photo of her creations online at www.facebook.com/TheLibrasDen.
HOW TO CONTACT HER: For more information about Duncan and her art, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.