WBGO Gallery Exhibition

The Art of Evelyn Graves and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli

On display in the WBGO Gallery April 6 - June 30, 2015

54 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102

Join us for a free gallery reception on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6PM - 8PM at the WBGO Art Gallery.

The works of two New Jersey born artists are currently on display in the WBGO Gallery, Evelyn Graves, and an artist who is better known to the WBGO audience for his guitar playing, John “Bucky” Pizzarelli.

Collage of city landscape and musicians

Jersey City native Evelyn Graves, who currently resides in South Orange, received a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomfield College. Her roots in the tristate area arts community run deep, as she has exhibited at Passaic County College, Pen and Brush Inc. in New York, Atrium Art Gallery in Morristown, and the Stamford Museum in Stamford, Connecticut. She is also one of the curators for the Black History Art Show at 1978 Art Gallery in Maplewood, New Jersey. Graves’ compositions reflect the energy, emotion and rhythm of jazz itself. They are done in a collage format with elements that unify the emotions emulated in vibrant and reflective musical sensations.

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist who was born in Paterson, New Jersey. His music career spans over 70 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. He has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, including White House performances for both Presidents Reagan and Clinton with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Claude “Fiddler” Williams and Perry Como.

Waterfall bridge and steeple

In addition to his vast jazz career, Pizzarelli has been recognized for his service to his community and was awarded several honors such as: The Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies: American Hall of Fame, The Distinguished Artist Award of Bergen County, Montclair State University “Carpe Diem” award for distinguished achievement in the arts and the Lifetime Achievement Award at Centenary College’s Performing Arts Guild. Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. He served on the faculty of William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ and continues to give back to his community with various performances throughout the state.

Pizzarelli has lived in New Jersey his entire life and currently resides in Saddle River. His paintings on display in the WBGO Gallery represent the experiences and surroundings that this iconic jazz guitarist have found to be amongst the most memorable in his life: his birthplace in Paterson, his home, alongside the tranquil Saddle River, and the places he has travelled during his lifetime performing around the world.


You can also visit the gallery during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. WBGO is wheelchair accessible facility.

Special thanks to:
Harlem Brewing Company
Palm Bay International (Fine Wine & Spirits)