RAR Brew­ing hosts a pop-up art gallery

Dorchester Star - - News - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — RAR Brew­ing brought a new ad­di­tion to the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8, with a pop-up art gallery fea­tur­ing brew­ery il­lus­tra­tor B.J. Wheat­ley.

Wheat­ley dec­o­rated 519 Po­plar Street with help from RAR Brew­ing co-owner Chris Bro­hawn and staff. They opened the door for vis­i­tors at the Taste of Cam­bridge.

His one-of-a-kind art­works were then put on silent auc­tion dur­ing the fes­ti­val. The auc­tion raised $1,300 for the Cam­bridge Main Street.

“This is Chris’ idea to put on an art show for all of my stuff,” Wheat­ley said. “That is pretty cool of him to want to show every­one some of the things I do.”

Wheat­ley has been draw­ing for much of his life, and earned an art de­gree in col­lege be­fore be­com­ing an art teacher. When RAR Brew­ing opened in down­town Cam­bridge, Wheat­ley be­gan do­ing the lo­gos, art and mar­ket­ing for the brew­ery.

“It is cool to be a part of the brew­ery be­cause it is great to bring some­thing to our home­town, and be a part of such a big, grow­ing busi­ness for Cam­bridge,” he said. “It has been a big thing

for me to use my de­gree for my ca­reer.

“I re­ally like art be­cause it is an easy way to ex­press my­self,” he said. “The rest is his­tory.”

Wheat­ley’s work fea­tured at the gallery in­cluded car­i­ca­tures of each of the brew­ers of RAR Brew­ing staff.

“I’m proud to be a part of RAR, and ap­pre­ci­ate them giv­ing me an op­por­tu­nity to be a part of their suc­cess,” he said. “I run the tap­room next door, and when peo­ple come in and ask about the art, it is pretty cool to tell them it is my work.

“It is neat do­ing the lo­gos and art in-house be­cause RAR is an in-house brew­ery,” he said. “We cre­ate some re­ally cool things right there.”

Bro­hawn said the gallery saw a big crowd through­out the Taste of Cam­bridge with peo­ple com­ing and go­ing, and then re­turn­ing to check on their bids.

“We are very happy to help Cam­bridge Main Street and show B.J.’s great art­work,” he said. “He is a ver y tal­ented artist, and we are proud of ev­ery­thing he has cre­ated for us. We thought this was a great chance to put him in the spot­light, and have some fun.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

RAR Brew­ing hosted the B.J. Wheat­ley Pop-Up Art Gallery at 519 Po­plar Street dur­ing the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

RAR Brew­ing hosts the B.J. Wheat­ley Pop-Up Art Gallery at 519 Po­plar Street dur­ing the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Tanya Doty, left, and Erica Doty visit the B.J. Wheat­ley’s Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

RAR Brew­ing hosts the B.J. Wheat­ley Pop-Up Art Gallery at 519 Po­plar Street dur­ing the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

De’Mon­tray Slacum won this art­work by B.J. Wheat­ley at the RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

Andy De­long won this art­work by B.J. Wheat­ley at the RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

Wil­lie Quillin won these art pieces by B.J. Wheat­ley at the RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

RAR Brew­ing co-owner Chris Bro­hawn, left, with his mom at the B.J. Wheat­ley Pop-Up Art Gallery dur­ing the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

Phillip Fra­zier won this art­work by B.J. Wheat­ley at the RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery at the Taste of Cam­bridge Satur­day, July 8.

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