RAR Brew­ing host­ing pop-up art gallery

Dorchester Star - - News - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @ Dustin_S­tarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — The RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery re­turns Satur­day, Sept. 16, for the GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs in down­town Cam­bridge.

Brew­ery il­lus­tra­tor B.J. Wheat­ley and RAR co-owner Chris Bro­hawn will be dec­o­rat­ing 519 Po­plar St. dur­ing the fes­ti­val, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. His one-of-a-kind art­works will be put on silent auc­tion dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

This is the sec­ond time RAR has held the Pop-Up Gallery. The first time came at the Taste of Cam­bridge in July, and the gallery raised $1,300 for Cam­bridge Main Street.

“This is Chris’ idea to put on an art show for all of my stuff,” Wheat­ley said at the Taste of Cam­bridge. “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 brewer y.

“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. The rest is his­tory.”

Wheat­ley’s work fea­tured at the gallery in­cluded car­i­ca­tures of each of the brew­ers of the 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 in­house brew­ery. We cre­ate some re­ally cool things right there.”

Bro­hawn said the gallery saw a big crowd through­out the Taste of Cam­bridge, and they are look­ing for­ward to an­other big crowd Satur­day.

“B.J. is a very tal­ented artist, and we are proud of ev­ery­thing he has cre­ated for us,” he said. “We thought this was a great chance to put him in the spot­light, and have some fun.”

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The RAR Brew­ing Pop-Up Art Gallery re­turns Satur­day, Sept 16, and will fea­ture brew­ery il­lus­tra­tor B.J. Wheat­ley.

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