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The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the fifth Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery. The CBT @ Creator Square is a series of monthly lectures featuring a special artist guest speaker. This month’s lecture will include acoustic musician Will Gomez, along with wine, beer and refreshments. Wendy Downs a designer and manufacturer at Moop Shop, a shop based on making versatile bags will be the fifth speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series.

The goals of this series for Craft Business Thursdays @ Creator Square are to: update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts like ‘craft business,’ ‘makers movement,’ and entrepreneurialism; feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening’s lecture / workshop.


Wendy Downs is the owner of Moop Shop, as well as one of its designers and manufacturers. Based in Pittsburgh, Moop makes all sorts of bags, such as backpacks, clutches, and messenger bags, preferring utility and versatility in their small-batch manufactured products.

Founded in early 2007 in western Massachusetts, on principles of ethical labor, quality design and utilitarian function. Moop has grown from a project of one to a project of many and is currently headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. They believe in wandering through hemlock forests, cycling city streets and gathering around backyard campfires. Wendy and her team design with understated minimalism, clean lines and classic uniform style in mind.

“The series of Craft Business Thursday events have been such a diverse variety of artists. Wendy is a great addition to this group. Her active role in Moop Shop showcases a dynamic styling of utilizing fabrics in their adaptable array of bags and gear.” -Angela R. Godin, Executive Director of Community Arts Center of Cambria County

The purpose of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, a non-profit organization, is to support, promote, strengthen and interpret the creative, performing and visual arts through education programs, exhibits and special events.

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