BY INDIANA NASH, The Daily Gazette
Schenectady, N.Y. — Art is for everyone; at least that’s what Joey Matula believes.
It’s part of the reason the artist recently opened the Electric City Art Gallery on Jay Street.
“I really want to make sure that people understand that art is for everybody. Just because you grew up in a particular neighborhood doesn’t mean that art’s not for you,” Matula said.
Growing up in Schoharie County, Matula always had an eye for design, especially when it came to color. After graduating from high school, he spent 15 years in the United States Navy before starting Commercial Design Interiors, a company that works with interior designers and suppliers.
It wasn’t until six years ago that he dove into creating art and, unfortunately, it was prompted by a cancer diagnosis.
“When that happened, they operated and I was cancer-free but the kind of cancer I had was highly likely to come back. So I was on pins and needles,” Matula said.
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