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Polished Silver: "Top Of His Game"

January 25, 2012
Post-Journal
By BOB DILKS, AUTHOR, CASSADAGA, NY

I have a friend who is at the top of his game, thrice: in sports, in general construction practice and as a practicing artist. Matthew Joseph Nuzzo of Jamestown is one lucky guy to have raw talent, drive and has been creative and successful throughout his lifetime. Since his youth he has wanted to create through wood construction as well as line art construction. He also liked to keep in shape. Let me number the ways and point out some other fascinating moments throughout his life to date. He is now semi-retired from his most recent private enterprise: Nu-Ideas. Born and raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Matt completed his course work at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh six months after his then fiancé, Janet Grinolds, graduated from Robert Morris Junior College. They were married and in 1971 settled in Jamestown, NY, after Matt accepted an art position with the regional Jonethis-Larson Advertising Agency. Within four years Matt had progressed to the title of art director and then as account executive of the firm’s largest client. In 1978, Matt served as his own general contractor, modified some existing house plans and built a home that has served his family well. Over the years he performed timely additions and modifications as needed. Just with that talent, he could have easily been a successful contractor and to prove the point he has used that talent with his continued remodeling of rental properties he owns in the community. Matt and Janet have a grown son, Tim, and grandson, Brady, who live in the area and a daughter, Jodi, who lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with husband, Dan, daughter, Haley, and son, Troy. Janet likes sewing, knitting, crafting and the outdoors, particularly being near water, lakes or ocean. One of her favorite activities involves the kitchen as a venue to prepare new recipes or just cooking and baking as an added bonus to entertain family and friends. Lucky people. In a previous life I had a modest public relations firm in Warren, PA, and I worked often with Matt for artwork that allowed me to present the best to my clients. He always came through with winning ideas and completed work. A couple months ago Matt had an art exhibit at the Jamestown Prendergast Library where my wife and I, along with members of the community, had an opportunity to see a host of his outdoor pictures painted in oil, acrylic and water colors. He is very good. We bought a piece entitled – Afternoon Chill. Recently Matt and I met at Roberto’s Ironstone in Jamestown to catch up on our mutual lives and to have a chance for me to get material for this piece. He is a picture of good health, a reflection of taking care of himself today. He has a history of weight lifting and cardiovascular training during his earlier years. At our meeting he introduced me to a favorite sandwich featured at the restaurant, namely, an Open-Faced Turkey Danish that is really a salad/sandwich combination. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this signature sandwich served during lunch Tuesday through Friday. Matt recently returned from Phoenix, AZ, where his softball team – Steel Dawgs - won the National Senior Softball 60 Year Old Class AA World Championship, completing a triple crown of wins beginning with the Eastern Division in Raleigh, NC. That title was followed by the USA Championship held in Phoenix just before the Worlds in which he hit two home runs. A jacket and ring go with the bragging rights of being a champion. There is no question that Matt loves the outdoors be it hunting and fishing or depicting the environment with oil paints and water colors. Still maintaining a few professional accounts in semi-retirement and maintaining his rental properties, he now has spare time to create Nu-Ideas Wildlife Art. Matt is not only a talented individual, he is also a great guy to work with. He can be contacted in Jamestown at 664-2698.

Mr. Dilks is an adopted Seneca Indian, Sensei, triathlete, Olympic torch bearer twice, long distance cyclist and has canoed the Allegheny River from the headwaters to Pittsburgh. He has been a columnist for Masters Athlete magazine and the History Channel Magazine. He has also written three novels and will publish a fourth in the fall of this year. His wife, Susan, has written a novel, Her Reason For Being.

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