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, and the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe.

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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Meow Wolf Opens! A Look Inside:

Art*o*mat® Machine, "Dias de los Muertos" and his robot friend greet guests at the front door of Meow Wolf

Here I am happy to meet the robot next to my Art*o*mat® inside Meow Wolf.

Today I got to visit Meow Wolf for the first time since it opened to the public this weekend. I'm speechless.  THIS PLACE IS SO FRIKKIN COOL!  My lousy pictures do it no justice. Seriously.  Drop what you are doing and go check this place out.  The exhibit is called The House of Eternal Return and it's a time-bending cross-dimensional mind-eff of the best kind imaginable.  Once again I'm proud to live in Santa Fe and be part of something so awesomely artfully amazeballs. Art*o*mat® fits right in here.  Go see for yourself! Open Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-8pm and later on Friday and Saturday nights. 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe.

Inside the exhibit: The outside of the House of Eternal Return (sorry for the darkness of the pic).

I loved this black and white cartoon-y room.

OMG the tree trunks have eyes!!!

Who doesn't love black lights?

Here's the music venue portion of the exhibit. Lots of upstairs viewing areas and a nice sized dance floor below.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Art*o*mat® "Dias de Los MATos" Installed at Meow Wolf Art Complex!

Meow Wolf opens March 17th!  Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-8pm    1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe, NM
Today I got to install my "Dias de los MATos" 20-column Art*o*mat® at the new Meow Wolf Art Complex at 1352 Rufina Circle in Santa Fe!  This is my 5th machine for New Mexico and my third in Santa Fe. I can't express enough how frikkin COOL this place is and what a perfect venue it is for Art*o*mat®.  I am so excited for it to open!

There is still tons of work to be done before the GRAND OPENING: MARCH 17th and Meow Wolf-ers are working around the clock to get it done in time.  I had some help unloading the minivan and moving the machine into the building. Thank goodness for strong young men! Thank you to the Meow Wolf-ers for helping move the machine and to Emily Montoya, who runs the gift shop, for facilitating it all.  And a very special thank you goes out to Laird and Corky Brown for use of the minivan and their never-ending support of my Art-o-mat-nuttiness!
These strong Meow Wolf-ers helped move "Dios de los MATos"
...all I had to do was hold the door. Thanks, guys!

Meow Wolf-er, Emily Montoya, and myself, with "Dias de los MATos" in its new home.
There's still a lot of work to do but it's coming along!
Meow Wolf opens March 17th!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Special Sneak Peek of Meow Wolf Art Complex!

Greetings Art*o*mat® friends and fans! Happy New Year to you all.  I am excited for this year because I will finally get to install my "Dias de los MATos" Art*o*mat® machine in the Meow Wolf Art Complex which will be open MARCH 17th 2016!!! It's located at the old Silva Lanes at 1352 Rufina Circle in Santa Fe.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek behind the walls of the new construction and was blown away by how it is all coming along, the sheer creativity vibe that is emanating from the place, and how damn GOOD everything is looking.  Thank you, Vince Kadlubek, for the tour and best wishes for everything getting ready in time for the big Grand Opening.  Buy your tickets here if you haven't already!!! All photos are posted with the permission of Meow Wolf and Vince Kadlubek.
This Robot sculpture greets visitors arriving from Cerrillos Rd.  His arm moves!!!

The latest sculpture to attack the Meow Wolf parking lot is "TaranTula." Fear her awesomeness!

Vince Kadlubek hosts a tour through the new Meow Wolf Art Complex. Hey! That looks like a lighthouse!

The tree house that the coolest dad in the world never built us. It's here!

It's shaping up to be a forest of wonder and awesomeness. Can't wait to wander!

Our first look at the House of Eternal Return.  You may think you have an idea of how cool it is gonna be.  You don't. 
Exterior of the House of Eternal Return. Just an unassuming house in sunny California...

This visitor (me) had an epic time visiting Meow Wolf Art Complex. Don't miss it! 3/17/16!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Attention Holiday Shoppers: Art*o*mat® Art is the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Can you believe it's the holidays already?! Time is flying by fast but worry not because Art*o*mat® has got you covered! Art from Art*o*mat® artists are perfect stocking stuffers! Here's just a few of the reasons why to give Art*o*mat® art this holiday season:
- A true piece of original art from authentic artists!
- Only $5!
- Super collectible!
- One size fits ALL!
- Not fattening!
- Environmentally friendly!
- Big Corporations don't really need your money anyway!

And I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Wonderful Winter Solstice, a Kick-butt Kwanzaa, a Fabulous Festivus, and a Prospero Ano Nuevo as well!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Now Featuring NEW Santa Fe Art*o*mat® Artist: Corky Brown

VoodooWell Dolls are here just in time for Halloween! By Santa Fe artist, Corky Brown

Find VoodooWell dolls in Art*o*mat® at the El Centro de Santa Fe location.
I'm so excited to feature a new local artist for Art*o*mat®! Santa Fe's own Corky Brown has created some delightfully fun and cute "VoodooWell" dolls for you to enjoy. The instructions read, "To lift your spirits touch my heart for love, rub my back for comfort, stroke my palm for money, and hold onto the topaz staff for wisdom and strength. Gaze into my eyes and try not to giggle. Squeeze me!" But you aren't going to want to poke this voodoo doll with pins -if you did then the squeaker toy inside would cease to squeak!  These dolls have been placed in my turquoise Art*o*mat® machine located at El Centro de Santa Fe located one block south of the Plaza on Water street. Get 'em while they last. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Corky Brown is the Featured "New Santa Fe Artist"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Work From Santa Fe Artist Featured for Dias de los Muertos!

Featured: Hand painted polymer clay with "tin work" Sugar Skull Wind Chimes by Victoria Brown
There comes a time in every artist's life where they have to toot their own horn so here I go.....WOOT! WOOT! I am pleased to report that I have created a new line of art for Art*o*mat® and it is perfect for this time of year.  Welcome Autumn and Dias de los Muertos with my new hand painted polymer clay with "tin work" Sugar Skull Wind Chimes!  Each one is different and all have been placed inside the "Black bART" Art*o*mat® at Standard Diner in Albuquerque.  I will be making more for the future but not before Dias de los Muertos gets here so hurry up and snag them before they disappear! Standard Diner is just a few blocks west of I-25 on Central Ave SE in Albuquerque.  Open daily from 7-9 pm.
Find my Sugar Skull Windchimes in the Art*o*mat at Standard Diner in Albuquerque!

320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque