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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

TWO Locations for Art*o*mat® in Santa Fe!

I'm pleased to announce there are TWO Art*o*mat® machines to visit in Santa Fe!
Hooray! Hooray! Now there are TWO in Santa Fe! After an amazing debut at ART Santa Fe, I am pleased to announce that my second community Art*o*mat® machine now has a new home at The Santa Fe Community Convention Center. You can find "CaveMAT" in the hallway just outside of the Community Gallery in the Community Building at 201 West Marcy Street.  Many thanks to all at the convention center and the Santa Fe Arts Commission that made this possible! You can visit "CaveMAT" seven days per week from 7:00am until 10:00pm, hours subject to change without notice.

Friday, July 11, 2014

"CaveMAT" Debuts at ART Santa Fe!

Friday: Here's my booth in a very high-traffic area of the convention center -good spot!!!
It's ART Santa Fe! From July 10th -13th, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center is filled with amazing fine art installations from around the globe.  Art*o*mat® was lucky enough to be invited to attend this prestigious show and it is quite an honor! I am selling lots of pieces through my new machine, "CaveMAT," and having oodles of fun meeting new artists and giving them free Art*o*mat® pins and prototype sample block and box packs to inspire them to create work for the program. Oh, and it turns out that I've got one of the only booths that have a bowl of chocolates so that is adding to my booth's popularity for sure...  Here's some pics!
Friday: Good friends and Art*o*mat® Santa Fe supporters, David and Jacquie Duchane, along with some other new fans, stopped by to gaze on "CaveMAT."

Friday: Long time Art*o*mat® fans, Yi-en Huang and Tom McLaren visited from Gallup, NM
Friday: I couldn't have done it without the help of Supermom Corky.  Thank you for your support, the long hours, and the awesome Art*o*mat® "uniform" denim vests. They look so cool and professional!

Friday: New fan, Diane Stewart, shows off her purchase -a bunny rabbit folk art sculpture.
Saturday: Art*o*mat® fan since the '90s, Scott Hale, stopped by to see "CaveMAT" and wish us luck.
Sunday: Corky explains the concept of an art vending machine to a customer.

Sunday: Corky demonstrates where the bills go...

Sunday: Good friend, Rebecca Norris, stops by to sample "CaveMAT's" art.
Sunday: It's been a great show and we close the day with a group photo. Thanks, everybody!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ta-DA! Santa Fe to welcome 2nd Art*o*mat® machine!

"CaveMAT" is coming to Santa Fe! Meet "him" at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center July 11-13!

I've made you wait to find out what I've been up to but here it finally is: Ta-DAAAA! Introducing "CaveMAT," the newest member of the Santa Fe Art*o*mat® family! "CaveMAT" is a 1960's National cigarette machine with 9 columns for art and an amazing paint job by Winston-Salem artist, Chad Beroth. Inspired by real cave paintings and petroglyphs along with the famous "Mel's Drive-In" from the 1973 movie, American Graffiti (there is a UFO shaped cave painting on the side of the machine that represents the flying saucer shape of Mel's Drive-In), Chad has created his own version of ancient American graffiti in this Art*o*mat® machine that I have adopted and nick-named "CaveMAT." All four sides of "CaveMAT" have been artfully decorated and I'm hoping to find a big ol mirror to place behind him so he can be seen in all his glory!

"CaveMAT" will make his debut at ART Santa FE, An International Contemporary Art Fair, July 11-13, 2014 at Santa Fe Community Convention Center. I hope you'll come to meet this fabulous member of the Art*o*mat® family and say hello to me too!  I'll have blank art sample packs to give away to artists interested in making art for Art*o*mat® and a few cool Art*o*mat® buttons to hand out as well. BE THERE: 201 West Marcy Street July 11-13, 11:00-6:00pm!
Check out the sweet Art*o*mat® sign in transparent orange plexiglass!
There's the "Mel's Drive-In" tribute flying saucer on the side!

Fall in love with "CaveMAT!"


Saturday, May 3, 2014

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! ...Coming Soon...

I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about Art*o*mat® in Santa Fe to make!  But it's coming soon and you'll have to wait...

Okay...here's a teeny weeny peek. But that's all you get!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MAThilda Gets a Visit From a Hometown Friend

MAThilda enjoyed a visit from Janet Stanley (left) who came all the way from Washington State. Thanks, Janet!
A friend from my hometown of Tacoma, WA came to Santa Fe to attend the opening of the new FEAST show at Site Santa Fe and she was delighted to meet MAThilda while she was in town hanging with me and my folks. She's a long time customer and visitor to my first hosted Art*o*mat® machine, "MAT," in my gallery, BKB & Company.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Now Featuring NEW Santa Fe Art*o*mat® Artist, Victoria Brown

Announcing new Santa Fe Art*o*mat® artist, Victoria Brown! Wearable Americana pins made from spray paint chips found at World Famous Cadillac Ranch

Dozens of layers of spray paint represent years of "tagging" by visitors to the Route 66 roadside attraction. Now the reclaimed paint chips are pins to wear.
After hosting Art*o*mat® machines for 8 years I figured that it was about time for me to contribute some art to the program. As of today I am debuting my Wearable Americana paint chip pins from World Famous Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX.  Dozens of spray paint layers applied to the iconic Route 66 roadside attraction have peeled off and fallen to the ground and were then reclaimed to create a keepsake pin -a wearable conversation piece representing several years worth of a fun and creative community art project. Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture located in a cow pasture along I-40 created in 1974 where 10 nose-in half buried '49 to '63 Cadillacs await artists' daily redecoration with spray paint. If you're in the area I strongly suggest you grab some bright colors of spray paint and leave your mark when you visit -hurry and take a photo because it will surely be covered by the next artist. Not going to Amarillo any time soon? Pick up one of my new Wearable Americana paint chip pins right here in Santa Fe's Art*o*mat®!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now Featuring NEW Santa Fe Art*o*mat® Artist, Tiffany Peterson!

Come get a Red Chile glass pendant by our NEWEST Santa Fe artist, Tiffany Peterson -while they last!
It has been nearly 7 months since Art*o*mat® has debuted in Santa Fe and I'm so excited that some local artists have been submitting their work to the program!  I'm proud to announce that Tiffany Peterson (Red Leaf of Santa Fe) has created some lovely and very "Santa Fean" Red Chile pendants for our Santa Fe Art*o*mat® machine. Real (and really HOT) red chile seeds and pods have been collected from her own kitchen ristra and placed into delicate glass vials with a ribbon for you to wear. Quick -get 'em while they're hot!
FEATURED in MAThilda: Tiffany Peterson's Red Leaf of Santa Fe Red Chile art pendants!