We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Snyder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Creating in any discipline within the arts. I suffer from anxiety and depression, when I create pictures, songs or stories it becomes a therapeutic process of sorts.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For the last two decades, I’ve made a career out of being a digital archivist for two separate companies that service Research Libraries, Universities and Museums. I stepped up and down the ladder and even tried a few years in the rather archaic department of Microfilm. The work I do is nothing that can be learned at a university, everything I learned in 22 years I learned on the job. On the side I have freelanced in many capacities as artist, writer, filmmaker ect. I’ve never properly taken the leap to being an artist full time as my main source of income, but I’ve had a chance to meet people and be involved in many different avenues of the arts from publications, theater, drum circles and poetry slams. The blog I do affords me a larger audience than the traditional route of exhibitions. I am humbled by the fact that I have an international following.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would give them a taste of the multiple museums and galleries in town, from the all encompassing arts/music/film campus called Steelstacks (Formerly on old Bethlehem Steel Property, which includes the original blast furnaces of the steel plant with a trestle trail), The banana factory gallery in Bethlehem, The Allentown Art Museum, 19th Street Theater and The America on Wheels Museum (a museum devoted to cars and Mack Trucks). We would probably spend a day at the Lehigh Valley Zoo as well and take a trip up North of the Valley to Pa’s Premier Retro 35 mm film Mahoning Valley Drive-In. For food we’d hit up the likes of, Mitzi’s Table (Breakfast) The Anatolian Kitchen (Turkish), Ichiban (Japanese), Cali Burrito & Good times Pizza (Cheap Eats), Molinari’s and Youells Oyster House (High End Italian and Seafood).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom Shirl, was my inspiration. She was very creative and nurtured my artistic abilities early on. She also wanted to become a children’s author, but her dreams were never realized because her life was cut short at 59 from Cancer. My Wife Jessica who is incredibly crafty and extremely talented in crocheting and knitting and can be quite the muse I need at times. Peter Wyn Mosey, a writer from Whales who I met via WordPress, who offered me a short lived Gig of Arts Editor for an online publication that stalled unfortunately thanks to the Pandemic. Finally my worldwide followers at my own arts blog Aprolificpotpourri.Art