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

Art*o*mat® Machines and Locations

Take a "Tour de Art*o*mat®"

Visit all 8 Art*o*mat® machines in northern NM!

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In Santa Fe:

"MAThilda" at El Centro de Santa Fe

Since 2013: This gorgeous turquoise Art*o*mat® is called "MAThilda," features a New Mexico "zia" sun symbol, and is the very first Art*o*mat in New Mexico. It can be found at:

El Centro de Santa Fe
102 E. Water Street, Santa Fe NM 87501
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Visit: Located in a mall of galleries kitty corner to La Fonda Hotel, one block from the Santa Fe Plaza. Park at the municipal parking lot (fee) adjacent to the El Centro building and public restrooms. Art*o*mat® is in the hallway between art galleries. Located one block from the "CaveMAT" Art*o*mat® at Inn of the Governors. Park once and visit both machines!

"CaveMAT" at Inn of the Governors, Santa Fe

Since 2014: This amazing cave-painting-covered (even on the back side) Art*o*mat® designed by Chad Beroth is aptly called "CaveMAT" and can be found at:

Inn of the Governors
101 West Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hours: Open Daily, till 9pm

Visit: Located one block from the "MAThilda" Art*o*mat® at El Centro de Santa Fe. Park once and visit both machines! The hotel has limited parking available for guests but if you are just running in for a quick visit they will let it slide, depending on how busy it is (best to avoid check in time 3-4pm). There is surrounding street parking (metered) and a municipal lot (fee) across the street at the end of the block.  Stay for lunch or dinner at the hotel's casual (and best-priced in downtown) Del Charro Saloon, famous for margaritas!

"MATamale" at Caffe Greco, Santa Fe

Since 2016: This Art*o*mat® is called "MATamale" because of it's "flavors" of New Mexico! It's in a restaurant so why not celebrate the colors of mole sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, and nacho cheese?! It can be found near all the fancy-schmancy art galleries on Canyon Road at:

Caffe Greco
233 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
NEW Hours: Tue-Sat 9am-6pm
CLOSED Sunday and Monday

Visit: Classic Greek and New Mexican food. Located at the "beginning" or "bottom" of Canyon Road, Santa Fe's street of premier art galleries.  If you need to power up before/after/during gallery-viewing, grab some quick, casual Greek and New Mexican favorites here. The green chile stew will warm your cockels whether it's winter or not. Open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Art*o*mat® is located just outside the bar area in the dining room. Park for free across the street at the large lot at 225 Canyon Road. Don't forget to say hi to the resident shop dog -a sweetie of a chihuahua! Ole!

In Albuquerque/Metro Area:

"PlumMAT" at Range Cafe, Bernalillo

Since 2015: I call this Art*o*mat "PlumMAT" for its color but note the light-up UFO dirigible etched on the mirror. Stare into its slowly changing LED colored lights and get hypnotized! It can be found at:

Range Cafe In Bernalillo
925 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Hours: Open Daily, 7am-9pm

Visit: New Mexican dishes and spins on diner classics served all day in eclectic digs with whimsical art. Absolutely the best thing about Bernalillo and my favorite place to eat on the way to/from the airport. Of all the Range Cafes (there are a bunch in the Albuquerque area) this one is the biggest, the artiest, and the best. Free gravel parking lots in the back, across the alley from the restaurant and in front, across Camino Del Pueblo. The food is fan-frikken-tastic and the desserts are to die for. One is literally called Death By Lemon! Art*o*mat® is located under a bright neon sign in the foyer next to the don't-miss gift shop. Grab some jarred green chile to go!

"Black bART" at Range Cafe Downtown, Albuquerque

Since 2015: This slick lil rootin' tootin' black Art*o*mat® is called "Black bART" and looks like a tatooed tough guy with its expertly-crafted pin stripes. It can be found at:

Range Cafe Downtown
320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hours: Open Daily 7am-9pm

Visit: New Mexican dishes and spins on diner classics served all day in eclectic digs with whimsical art. This Route 66 stop used to be a tire store and the decor is the only thing vintage-y about it. They are famous for their bacon-wrapped meatloaf from when it was called the Standard Diner. They own the huge gravel parking lot behind the building so it's always easy to get in and out. Find Art*o*mat® on the way to the restrooms under the posters of visiting celebrity chef Guy Fieri (if Guy Fieri was an Art*o*mat® machine he'd look like "Black bART").

"Up and Away, MAT!" at the ABQ Balloon Museum

Since 2018: This sweet hot air balloon painting-covered Art*o*mat® is called "Up and Away, MAT" and shows balloons enjoying flight in the "Albuquerque Box" in front of Sandia Peak painted by Jennifer O'Kelly. It can be found at:

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays

Visit: This museum has a long name but just ask anyone where the Balloon Museum is and they can point you in the right direction. Hot air balloons are one of the things that makes Albuquerque famous and this is the place to be -especially during Balloon Fiesta in October. The museum's Gift Shoppe is run by volunteers of the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation and the Art*o*mat® is located near the interior entrance to the Gift Shoppe. No museum admission is required to go into the shoppe and all purchases made there are sales tax-free. There is a separate entrance for the shoppe to the right of the ticket booth/box office. A large paved lot offers free parking -but is not available during Balloon Fiesta (1st week in October).

"Tag MAT" at Range Cafe on Rio Grande

Since 2019: This Art*o*mat® has been lovingly "tagged" with many colors of spray paint by noted graffiti artist, Hieronymus. I call it "Tag MAT." It can be found at:

The Range Cafe On Rio Grande
1050 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Hours: Open Daily 7am-9pm

Visit:  One of the newest Range Cafes (there are 6 in the Albuquerque area) this one is right off of I-40 and much smaller than the Bernalillo restaurant. But don't let the size fool you. The same great food and marvelous desserts await you. New Mexican dishes and spins on diner classics served all day in eclectic digs with whimsical art. Plenty of parking in the free paved lot. Art*o*mat® is located next to the foyer closest to I-40.

"Dias de Los MATos" at Range Cafe in Los Lunas

Since 2022:
 This 20-column bright orange beauty with Day of the Dead sugar skull decoration is called "Dias de los MATos" and was hosted at Meow Wolf Santa Fe from 2016-21. It can now be found at:

The Range Cafe In Los Lunas
740 Main St NE Los Lunas, NM 87031
Hours: Open Daily 7am-9pm

Visit: Another of the newest Range Cafes. New Mexican dishes and spins on diner classics served all day in eclectic digs with whimsical art. Free parking in the paved lot. Los Lunas is about 30 minutes south of Albuquerque on I-25. Art*o*mat® is located near the bar under the curvy rainbow light fixture.