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

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Announcing New Art*o*mat Location: Range Cafe in Los Lunas, NM

Range Cafe in Los Lunas is the newest venue for Art*o*mat®

As rich and delicious as the red and green New Mexican chile they serve, the news that the Range Cafe in Los Lunas, NM will be home to my orange sugar skull Art*o*mat® machine, really satisfies!

The machine I lovingly call "Dias de Los MATos" (because of its bright Day of the Dead design) used to call the lobby of Meow Wolf Santa Fe home but the pandemic and all of its fun put a stop to that. I will always cherish the memories we made in there in the wacky multiverse.

But looking forward into the future and the possibility of "KERPLUNKING CULTURE" for folks who haven't yet experienced the awesome gift of accessible art made by humans marketing their passions, really gets my Art*o*mat®-Hosting juices flowing. I think Range Cafe customers will really enjoy the uniquely New Mexico aesthetic of this machine, the joy and value of the art it will vend to them, and be inspired themselves. 

Los Lunas is approximately 24 miles (29 minutes) south of Albuquerque, NM. The machine is located near the bar.

Range Cafe in Los Lunas
740 Main St NE
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Open Daily 7am - 9pm

"Dias de Los MATos" Art*o*mat®