Having opened its doors at the start of Penn State’s fall semester, the Crust & Crumb Cafe on Beaver Avenue is looking to establish itself within the downtown State College community amid the coronavirus pandemic by playing into its “artisan-inspired” atmosphere.
To accomplish this goal, cafe owner Amber Winkler and local artist Chloe Jean, who also works at the cafe as a barista, partnered to create the Starving Artist Series — a monthly, after-hours event that utilizes the cafe to showcase the work of different artists in the area.
According to Jean, the event came about when she reached out to Winkler about displaying some of her work in the cafe.
Jean said she recently finished a series of four abstract watercolor prints depicting nude women in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and she wanted to further promote these pieces. After she asked Winkler about displaying her work,