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!|
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Open Tues-Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Museum admission is FREE from 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays.