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. There are now machines in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, the Standard Diner in Albuquerque, in the Meow Wolf Art Complex in Santa Fe, the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, and the Range Cafe on Rio Grande in Albuquerque. @ARToMatNM on Facebook/Instagram

Sunday, January 6, 2019

8th Art*o*mat® in NM Installed! At Range Cafe on Rio Grande in Albuquerque

Art*o*mat® Installed at Range Cafe on Rio Grande in ABQ

Today is the day! We finally got our EIGHTH Art*o*mat® machine installed in northern New Mexico! This gorgeous graffiti-ed vintage National brand cigarette machine has been placed near the foyer inside The Range Cafe On Rio Grande at 1050 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Albuquerque.


Come on down to the Range Cafe On Rio Grande, have a bite (don't forget dessert), and be sure to visit the newest Art*o*mat® while you're there. A noted graffiti artist that goes by the name Hieronymus is responsible for the striking paint job on this machine. And you'll find great original works of art by Art*o*mat®'s "Artists In Cellophane" inside it -for only $5! Open daily 7am-9pm. For other Art*o*mat® locations in northern NM click here.
Special thank yous to Louis Correll, Laird Brown, Corky Brown, and the Range's Constance Banuelos. I appreciate you all so much!



Range Cafe manager Constance Banuelos buys the first piece of art!

Louis and Laird helped move it. Thanks!


Placing Art*o*mat® in the restaurant

Like all Range Cafes there's plenty of art to see.


1050 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM




Monday, October 8, 2018

Art*o*mat® Installed at Albuquerque Balloon Museum


The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation has millions of visitors through its doors for Albuquerque's famous Balloon Fiesta and now they've got one more. And "she'll" be staying a while!

Meet the newest member of my ArtomatNM family, this gorgeous 20-column vintage cigarette machine-turned-art-vending-machine painted by North Carolina artist Jennifer O'Kelly. Beautiful hot air balloons festoon the front, sides, and backside of the machine against a backdrop of Albuquerque's skyline complete with Sandia Peak.
Hot air balloon themed Art*o*mat painted by Jennifer O'Kelly -just in time for ABQ Balloon Fiesta Oct. 6-14, 2018

I can't believe today is finally here! Installation Day at a dream venue!
Delivering the new Art*o*mat® to the ABQ Balloon Museum with help from Corky Brown and Louis Correll
Executive Director Jill Lane meets us at the door
Louis and I move the Art*o*mat® to its new home in the gift shoppe
Executive Director Jill Lane tries out Art*o*mat®
Madison Block, the Museum Foundation's Communications Manager, helps show how beautiful the Art*o*mat® is from the back. Artist Jennifer O'Kelly made a special effort to make it attractive from all angles.
Art*o*mat® is at home in the Balloon Museum Gift Shoppe. "She" looks as if it's been there all along!
You can visit this Art*o*mat® every day except Monday at the Balloon Museum's Gift Shoppe:
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-880-0500
Open Tues-Sun 9 am to 5 pm

Museum admission is FREE from 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Art*o*mat® Machine Update

Hieronymus has created a masterpiece!

Greetings Art*o*mat Friends and Fans!

I have some lovely news to share: This Art*o*mat® by painter, Hieronymus, is finished and on its way to New Mexico! Hieronymus (Hiero) is a graffiti artist and this is his interpretation of Art*o*mat® -what a colorful result! I cannot wait to see it in person. It will be installed in Albuquerque at the Range Cafe (Rio Grande location) at 1050 Rio Grande Blvd. NW soon. Stay tuned for details.

Art*o*mat® in progress: painter Jennifer O'Kelley has captured ABQ's Sandia Peak in the background of this hot air balloon themed machine to be installed in the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
Also, painter Jennifer O'Kelly is hard at work on the 20 column Art*o*mat® that will be installed in the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in a few months' time. I'm really excited about how very Albuquerque this machine is going to be. You can already see the outline in the background of Sandia Peak -the mountain that frames the city and gives it its very special hot air ballooning phenomenon, The Albuquerque Box.


And finally, ArtOMatNM now has its own local Facebook and Instagram in addition to artomat.org's national pages. Get social and share some pics, ideas, likes, bleeps, bloops, and interwebz stuff with me!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Coming in 2018: My Art*o*mat Family Grows by 2

This 20 column cigarette machine from the 60's will soon become an Art*o*mat®

Greetings and Happy Spring Art*o*mat® fans and friends!
I have exciting news to share:  In 2018 I will have two more "members" added to my "Family" of Art*o*mat® machines here in northern New Mexico. I am pleased to report that Albuquerque will be home to both of these machines: one will go to the Range Cafe (Rio Grande Blvd.) restaurant and the other (pictured above) will go to the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

Installation dates for the new machines are undetermined but they will be here in time for Balloon Fiesta (October 6-14). Artist Jennifer O'Kelly has begun work on the Art*o*mat® for the Balloon Museum and it will be covered with her whimsical hot air balloon paintings.

The Art*o*mat® for the Range Cafe Rio Grande Blvd. location has been worked on by painter Hieronymus and he's created an amazing-looking Art*o*mat® in his graffiti style.

Until then... Art*o*mat® is seeking NEW ARTISTS. If you or someone you know is interested in creating art for these repurposed cigarette-machine-turned-mini-art-galleries please visit the Artists' Submission Page at artomat.org and learn how you can market your art by becoming an Art*o*mat® artist.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year From Your Local Art*o*mat® Host


Dear Fans and Friends,
Wishing you a Happy New Year and a great 2018!
I've taken a few pieces from my latest shipment of Art*o*mat® art from Artists in Cellophane and a few from my permanent collection and arranged them in a 2018 sign on my flagstone porch in the gorgeous New Mexico winter sunshine. What better way to ring in the new year! Thanks to all the artists** who make such wonderful works of pocket-sized art.

I am really looking forward 2018. I've been enjoying success and buzz from my 6 machines in Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Albuquerque since I began this crazy journey here in 2013 and though I can't reveal any details yet I can say that there are some exciting new developments coming this year on the Art*o*mat® front in New Mexico. Stay tuned for announcements....

Until then: be safe, be happy, and most of all, "Don't Go 'Round Artless!"

-Victoria 

**Artists in Cellophane works shown (in no particular order):
Clark Whittington, Chad Beroth, Jeny Callender, Justin Vasey, Jeannie Massey, Dior Brown, Debbie Lewis, J. Elder Art, Andy Brzeczek, Marie Kensic, Emily Long, Harold Garrison, Jody Lewis, Paula Griffin, Debbie Page Harris, Dennis Wells, Nell Whitlock, Colleen Woodward, Beatriz Portela, Paige Matlock

Sunday, November 12, 2017

They Featured My Brochure in This Cool Article

Why the Art-o-mat Vending Machine Is My Kind of Art Gallery by Lisa Tate
How thrilled was I to wake up today and find this cool article by an "Artist in Cellophane" (that's the name for all of the Art*o*mat® artists throughout the world)? Let's say really really thrilled. The El Paso artist, Lisa Tate, wrote the article, Why the Art-o-mat Vending Machine Is My Kind of Art Gallery, for GeekDad.com.

She writes about becoming an "Artist in Cellophane" and about how excited she was to find out that her art was sold in the machine inside the famous Meow Wolf right here in Santa Fe. I can't help but be excited that she used MY Art*o*mat® brochure as a backdrop for a photo displaying her collection of artwork she purchased. See her "nose cone" art below that can be and have been available in all 6 of my machines. Thank you so much, Lisa!
Lisa Tate's paintings of vintage nose cone art -you know, the kind painted on fighter planes in WWII to intimidate and strike fear into the heart of the enemy! Paintings on wood blocks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to Art*o*mat®! 20 Years Old!

Congratulations to Art*o*mat® for an awesome 20 years! Check out the retrospective at secca.org!

Art*o*mat® artists come from near and far to the Swap Meet Saturday June 10 at SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC.
If you know all about Art*o*mat® or are just learning about these amazing self-contained art galleries made from vintage cigarette machines you'll be excited to know that this year marks 20 whole years from the beginning of the awesome program with a nugget of an idea from even more awesome artist, creator, and owner, Clark Whittington

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, ART*O*MAT®!!!

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is having a 20 year retrospective show all about Clark and his masterful creations. The show will feature many of the first, flashiest, and funkiest Art*o*mat® machines and artwork including limited editions. There will be a special Swap Meet with original Art*o*mat® artists' work on June 10th. The public is welcome to come look and (of course) buy ...and that's great news if you happen to be in North Carolina this weekend. I'll be too busy here in Santa Fe with this weekend's fundraisers my other job, ARTsmart New Mexico, is holding: "Behind the Woman in Gold" Featuring Peter Altmann at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on June 8th and ARTsmart's Edible Art Tour on June 9-10. Lots of great stuff going on this weekend for lots of really cool and positive things -and that's good to hear these days! I wish everyone a great weekend, I wish the happiest of birthday's to Art*o*mat®, and I want to thank all of you fans and friends for supporting Art*o*mat® here in Santa Fe. Congratulations, Clark!