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 8 machines in northern New Mexico (Santa Fe and Albuquerque area). @ARToMatNM on Facebook/Instagram

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Special Announcement: "CaveMAT" Art*o*mat® Moves to Inn of theGovernors in Santa Fe!

I'm so excited to announce that my beloved cave-painting designed Art*o*mat® machine will be moving to its new home on the evening of Wednesday May 25th.  Inn of the Governors is very proud to host "CaveMAT" in their lobby area and welcome anyone and everyone to come visit Art*o*mat®! "CaveMAT" will be moving from the convention center and since it is only 5 blocks away I have decided to push it along the sidewalks on its furniture dolly.

If you know anything about me and "how I roll" you'd know that I couldn't just move the machine from one place to another without making a party of it. So I am! If anyone reading this is going to be in the downtown area on Wednesday May 25th at 5:15pm you are more than welcome to join me, some of my peeps, and the PARTIZANI BRASS BAND as they escort us along. We will meet at 5:15 outside of the convention center on Marcy Street and march through town towards the inn. Bring your friends and dress like crazy carnival folk or wear a silly hat and join us!  We will do this the legal way, on the sidewalks only (so for legal reasons don't call it a "parade"), and we won't disturb any pedestrians, traffic, or neighboring businesses... riiiiiiight? Please come!

UPDATE:  Thank you to all who marched with us, watched us go by, danced, and sang along with us.  The band was spectacular and I can't wait for a reason to hire them again.  "CaveMAT" looks perfect in its new home in the lobby of the Inn of the Governors and appears as though it has been there all along. I love it when things work out that way.  Special thanks to the Inn's Sam Gerberding for making us feel welcome and giving us refreshment at the end of our fun and sweaty journey.  Also many thanks to my parents and friends who came and helped.  I can't do this crazy crap without you guys!

Laird Brown pushes as I pull "CaveMAT" along Santa Fe Streets.
The Partizani Brass Band clusters at the crosswalk, ready to walk the last block to the Inn of the Governors.
The stilt walker was the hit of the show!
Even stilt walkers get refreshment in the lobby of the Inn of the Governors!
I'm removing the protective bubble wrap from "CaveMAT" and placing it in its new home in the lobby!
He may be little but he's the biggest fan of Art*o*mat®! 1st purchase at the Inn.

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