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.

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!
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO SUBMIT WORK!

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!"
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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 HAVE A FEW LEFT SO CONTACT ME IF YOU'D LIKE A FREE SAMPLE KIT!***


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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coolest of the Cool! Art*o*mat® Neon Sign!

Art*o*mat® in stunning neon! Find this sign next to Art*o*mat® at Range Cafe!
What's cooler than neon? Am I right?! Just adding to the vintage awesomeness that Art*o*mat® provides. This bitchin sign, representing Art*o*mat's royal crown logo, was created by Robert Randazzo of Absolutely Neon in Albuquerque.  It's going to help light the way to my "PlumMAT" machine in the foyer of Range Cafe in Bernalillo so go and have a looksy!

Also... SAVE THE DATE: 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 sample kits and artist guidelines will be available.  Stay tuned for more information.



The new neon Art*o*mat® sign really brightens things at Range Cafe in Bernalillo!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Art*o*mat® Is Now In 4 Locations For You!


Greetings Art*o*mat® friends and fans! I now have four fabulous art vending machines for you to explore and enjoy! Last week I installed two new machines: in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo and in the Standard Diner in downtown Albuquerque.  Scroll down to past posts to see installation photos. Please visit my new locations -and come hungry because they're both really great restaurants. And since it's almost time to jingle those bells remember Art*o*mat® makes great stocking stuffers!
Christmas is coming and Art*o*mat® makes great STOCKING STUFFERS!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Art*o*mat Installed in Standard Diner in Albuquerque!



Standard Diner, 320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM Open Daily 7am-9pm
Meet "Black bART"-a repurposed Nantional brand 1950's cigarette machine.

You can find "Black bART" right outside the hallway to the restrooms at Standard Diner.
"Black bART" will live under the Guy Fieri poster (to be replaced) from Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Standard Diner has several of its creative classic diner dishes with modern flair that Guy featured on his show.

A million thanks to Genie for helping me load/unload and set up again. I can't believe she was up to doing it two days in a row.  I am forever grateful to my friend (who is 72 -and she said I could say that!)

Standard Diner is on Central Avenue -old Route 66. Get your kicks -and some bacon-wrapped meatloaf!
The slick and swanky Standard Diner was once a tire store.