Rock ‘n roll gravesite art exhibit at University City library

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) - John Wegrzyn is a fan of musicians, even if they've met their maker.

“It's kind of fun to go visit the gravesites,” he says.

For 20 years, Wegrzyn has been visiting famous gravesites, and now he's opened an art installation called ‘Etchings of American Music.’

“Well, it is a connection with the musical artist because one thing they put out in their life is a record album,” says Wegrzyn. “I'm sure they pulled out a record sleeve and this is a great way to use it as etching paper.”

He's brought together a who's who from heaven. These final resting places of the famous people who sat atop the pop charts are now gathered together for a first class jam session at the University City Public Library Art Gallery.

“Course we love the fact that he's got the cards here, the old card catalog cards,” says Christa Van Herreweghe, Assistant Director of the University City Public Library. “We also have a lot of these artists in our collection. So we're exposing people a lot of different ways.”

This is Wegrzyn's first art show and the idea for the ever after exhibit came during a visit to the library and another art show inspired by alt-country act Uncle Tupelo.

“As I was walking out, I noticed you were accepting exhibits for the next year and I thought, ‘Well, I'll give it a try,’” says Wegrzyn. “So Uncle Tupelo led me here.”

The library is grateful for this dead display; free and open to the public until the end of November.

“Every Girl Scout troop, every Boy Scout troop, we all did the grave etching thing,” says Van Herreweghe. “But the fact that he's taken it to a new level and really melded it with the musicians, the artists’ work of the music, I really love that so much.”

Wegrzyn says it’s almost like folk art for him.

“I get a little messy sometimes, I don't do things right but I say, 'Well, who cares?'” he says.

After all, it's not like his art subjects are going to be giving him grief.