What is Art*o*mat®?

What is Art*o*mat®? Created by Clark Whittington in 1997, Art*o*mat® machines are retired cigarette machines that have been converted to VEND ART! For only $5 you can collect paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, mixed media and more -all the size of a pack of cigarettes. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country. Victoria Brown (that's me), and El Centro de Santa Fe are proud to host the first machine in New Mexico which debuted in February 2013. A second machine was installed in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in July 2014, a third in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo in November 2014, and a fourth in the Standard Diner in Albuquerque in November 2014.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Attention Holiday Shoppers: Art*o*mat® Art is the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Can you believe it's the holidays already?! Time is flying by fast but worry not because Art*o*mat® has got you covered! Art from Art*o*mat® artists are perfect stocking stuffers! Here's just a few of the reasons why to give Art*o*mat® art this holiday season:
- A true piece of original art from authentic artists!
- Only $5!
- Super collectible!
- One size fits ALL!
- Not fattening!
- Environmentally friendly!
- Big Corporations don't really need your money anyway!

And I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Wonderful Winter Solstice, a Kick-butt Kwanzaa, a Fabulous Festivus, and a Prospero Ano Nuevo as well!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Now Featuring NEW Santa Fe Art*o*mat® Artist: Corky Brown

VoodooWell Dolls are here just in time for Halloween! By Santa Fe artist, Corky Brown

Find VoodooWell dolls in Art*o*mat® at the El Centro de Santa Fe location.
I'm so excited to feature a new local artist for Art*o*mat®! Santa Fe's own Corky Brown has created some delightfully fun and cute "VoodooWell" dolls for you to enjoy. The instructions read, "To lift your spirits touch my heart for love, rub my back for comfort, stroke my palm for money, and hold onto the topaz staff for wisdom and strength. Gaze into my eyes and try not to giggle. Squeeze me!" But you aren't going to want to poke this voodoo doll with pins -if you did then the squeaker toy inside would cease to squeak!  These dolls have been placed in my turquoise Art*o*mat® machine located at El Centro de Santa Fe located one block south of the Plaza on Water street. Get 'em while they last. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Corky Brown is the Featured "New Santa Fe Artist"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Work From Santa Fe Artist Featured for Dios de los Muertos!

Featured: Hand painted polymer clay with "tin work" Sugar Skull Wind Chimes by Victoria Brown
There comes a time in every artist's life where they have to toot their own horn so here I go.....WOOT! WOOT! I am pleased to report that I have created a new line of art for Art*o*mat® and it is perfect for this time of year.  Welcome Autumn and Dios de los Muertos with my new hand painted polymer clay with "tin work" Sugar Skull Wind Chimes!  Each one is different and all have been placed inside the "Black bART" Art*o*mat® at Standard Diner in Albuquerque.  I will be making more for the future but not before Dios de los Muertos gets here so hurry up and snag them before they disappear! Standard Diner is just a few blocks west of I-25 on Central Ave SE in Albuquerque.  Open daily from 7-9 pm.
Find my Sugar Skull Windchimes in the Art*o*mat at Standard Diner in Albuquerque!

320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hey Artists: Art*o*mat® Needs YOU!

Greetings and Happy Summer, Art*o*mat® friends and fans!

This month I want to give a special shout out to artists. Artists local and far away are needed to join the Art*o*mat® team.  Demand for art for our vending machines is greater than ever and I was hearing a bit of a scuttlebutt in North Carolina that MORE ART IS NEEDED NOW!  If you have made art for us before then we want more.  If you have never made art for us but have always wanted to then now is the time to give it a shot.  If you know an artsy friend who might be interested in becoming an Art*o*mat® artist then please tell them about us!

Art*o*mat® artists are awesome! They get their work seen in machines throughout the country, they can include contact info, websites, and catalogs, and they GET PAID for their art!  It's an amazing marketing opportunity. It's a positive, pro-recycling, and anti-tobacco message to the world.  If you need more reasons to become one of us "Artists In Cellophane" then let me know and I will happily rattle off a dozen.  What kind of art do you do? We need it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NEW Art*o*mat® Brochure!

This side of the brochure shows all of the Santa Fe Art*o*mat® machines.

This side of the brochure features the Bernalillo and Albuquerque Art*o*mat® machines
I am so exited to announce the arrival of my new Art*o*mat® brochure! It covers ALL 5 of my  machines including the new orange 20 column "Dios de los MATos" machine that will be going to the Meow Wolf Art Complex this fall.  They are distributed to hotels, restaurants, and places of interest in Santa Fe and also in the state border information centers.  Hugs, kisses, and special thank yous to Corky Brown who designed this beauty for me. Looks great!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: "Dios de los MATos" Art*o*mat® Coming to New MEOW WOLF Art Complex Fall 2015!

The Meow Wolf Art Complex is set to open in September. Visit meowwolf.com for more info.

My fifth machine, "Dios de los MATos," is a 1960's National cigarette machine with sugar skull detail by Kim DiLoreto.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Meet Clark Whittington, Get Free a Protoype Kit! See the Newest Art*o*mat®!

Wednesday evening, MAY 13th, 2015 6:00-7:00pm
Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 West Marcy Avenue
Owner/Creator Clark Whittington is coming to Santa Fe to join me in giving a presentation of the Art*o*mat® story along with a workshop for artists interested in SUBMITTING their work to the program. If you've ever been interested in making art for Art*o*mat® or know someone who might be, then THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!!! Free prototype kits and artist guidelines will be available.

Also, we will be giving a sneak peek of my newest Santa Fe Art*o*mat® machine so come have a loosky! It's a bright orange 20-column machine on legs with a stunning sugar skull design: "Dios de los MATos!"
UPDATE: Wednesday was a wonderful event! Clark Whittington was greeted by a dozen or so new Art*o*mat® friends, fans and inspired artists.  He shared a delightful recount of his early days of Art*o*mat® and helped artists interested in making art for the program get the gist of how it all works.  We handed out detailed guidelines for art prototype submissions and sample box and wood block kits and stickers.

I also had the pleasure of debuting my newest Art*o*mat®, "Dios de los MATos," and excitedly announced its new home-to-be (see my next post for that whopper!).  The evening went really well and I think that Art*o*mat® gained a few more lifetime friends, fans, and participating artists. Special thanks to Robert Lambert from the Santa Fe Arts Commission for inviting us to be a part of this program. We were back-lit by a lovely bright Santa Fe evening so the photos didn't turn out as clear as they could be but in our memories it was a perfect time.  Clark and his lovely wife, Julie, enjoyed an extra day to tour around Santa Fe, get in a hike at Tent Rocks National Monument, and sample the green and the red chile in several restaurants.  They'll be back!
Be the first to see the newest Art*o*mat®! 

Clark Whittington does the heavy lifting delivering "Dios de los MATos" to the convention center.
Victoria introduces Clark Whittington and new Art*o*mat® machine.

Clark tells his story of Art*o*mat® to artists and fans.

Clark and Victoria answer audience questions.