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 (that's 8 machines total in northern NM). @ARToMatNM on Facebook/Instagram
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!