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.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Art*o*mat® friends and fans! I am really excited to report to you that I am ready to announce the imminent arrival of TWO more Art*o*mat® machines. These machines will have Bernalillo and Albuquerque locations and I am pleased to be hosting them in a family of restaurants that I really admire. Artsy, hip, and serving really GOOD FOOD, The original Range Cafe in Bernalillo and its sister restaurant, The Standard Diner in Albuquerque, will both be getting 1950's National Brand cigarette machines-turned-Art*o*mat®-machines (the same design as "MAThilda"). Although I don't have any photos of the finished machines yet I can tell you that one looks like a slick black bad-boy cowboy boot and the other is a plum-colored ethereal hot air balloon/UFO theme -totally New Mexico! I'll post photos as soon as I get them and have a firm delivery date to report. Woo Hoo!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|The "MAThilda" side of the new brochure features Santa Fe's first machine, artwork, and all about the Art*o*mat® program.|
|The "CaveMAT" side of the new brochure features the newest machine, artwork, new artist info, and contact info.|
Friday, August 29, 2014
|The first Santa Fe Art*o*mat® artist, Kenny Goering, with "CaveMAT."|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
|Yay! An article about Art*o*mat® in the Santa Fean NOW!|
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|I'm pleased to announce there are TWO Art*o*mat® machines to visit in Santa Fe!|
|"CaveMAT" greets you in the hallway next to the Community Gallery!|
Friday, July 11, 2014
|Friday: Here's my booth in a very high-traffic area of the convention center -good spot!!!|
|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
|"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!"|