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.

Friday, August 29, 2014

"CaveMAT" Gets a Visit From First Santa Fe Artist, Kenny Goering

The first Santa Fe Art*o*mat® artist, Kenny Goering, with "CaveMAT."
Today I received a lovely email from the very first Santa Fe artist to participate in the Art*o*mat® program: Kenny Goering. She has been a participating Artist In Cellophane for many years and is  shown here proudly standing next to the new "CaveMAT" machine in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Her artwork is in the machine now so hurry up and get some of her abstract art on paper before it's gone!  She remarked that she looooves the paint job on "CaveMAT!" Thanks, Kenny, and keep up the good work! Hey artists: Kenny's husband customizes her wood blocks for her art and will make them for you (so you can save on shipping). Contact me, Victoria, and I'll connect you.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Art*o*mat® Article in Santa Fean NOW magazine!

Yay! An article about Art*o*mat® in the Santa Fean NOW!
I am pleased to announce that today Art*o*mat® was mentioned in an article in the new weekly events calendar magazine, Santa Fean NOW.  The article describes the project, announces the second location for my "CaveMAT" machine, mentions local participating artists, and invites more to join.  Let's hope lots of artists and art-lovers alike see the article and want to take part in the fun! You can read the article HERE.


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.
"CaveMAT" greets you in the hallway next to the Community Gallery!



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.