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, the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, and in Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to Art*o*mat®! 20 Years Old!

Congratulations to Art*o*mat® for an awesome 20 years! Check out the retrospective at secca.org!

Art*o*mat® artists come from near and far to the Swap Meet Saturday June 10 at SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC.
If you know all about Art*o*mat® or are just learning about these amazing self-contained art galleries made from vintage cigarette machines you'll be excited to know that this year marks 20 whole years from the beginning of the awesome program with a nugget of an idea from even more awesome artist, creator, and owner, Clark Whittington

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, ART*O*MAT®!!!

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is having a 20 year retrospective show all about Clark and his masterful creations. The show will feature many of the first, flashiest, and funkiest Art*o*mat® machines and artwork including limited editions. There will be a special Swap Meet with original Art*o*mat® artists' work on June 10th. The public is welcome to come look and (of course) buy ...and that's great news if you happen to be in North Carolina this weekend. I'll be too busy here in Santa Fe with this weekend's fundraisers my other job, ARTsmart New Mexico, is holding: "Behind the Woman in Gold" Featuring Peter Altmann at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on June 8th and ARTsmart's Edible Art Tour on June 9-10. Lots of great stuff going on this weekend for lots of really cool and positive things -and that's good to hear these days! I wish everyone a great weekend, I wish the happiest of birthday's to Art*o*mat®, and I want to thank all of you fans and friends for supporting Art*o*mat® here in Santa Fe. Congratulations, Clark!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meow Wolf reopens! Art*o*mat's placement, new stuff!

This Art*o*mat®, "Dias de los MATos," is placed prominently near the new exit doors.

View of Art*o*mat® in the newly expanded gift shop/bar/cafe area.

New tables and chairs in Meow Wolf's bar/cafe area.
Panorama view of Meow Wolf's bar/cafe and newly expanded gift shop


Meow Wolf has reopened after their 2 week hiatus. The Meow Wolfers have worked tirelessly to expand the gift shop and bar/cafe area as well as make some great new changes to the House of Eternal Return.  I haven't gone into the depths of the exhibit to see for myself yet but here is a list of some of the changes we can all look forward to:
1. Selig House Formations
2. The Light Organ
3. The Infinity Spa
4. The Laundry Room Vortex
5. Saloon Closet Zoetrope
6. Crystal Grotto
7. Beam Space Balcony
8. Glitch Beach LED Panel
9. The Techno Room
10. Phosphor Booth
11. The Wilderness
The Infinity Spa "the spa you never leave" new at Meow Wolf


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hey Artists: Art*o*mat® Wants YOU!

2017 Greetings to all my Art*o*mat® friends and fans! Art*o*mat® is reaching out to all of its artists for more work and for new artists that have been interested in making cigarette box-sized art, NOW is a great time to start! For info on how to submit your artwork CLICK HERE.

Why should artists make work for Art*o*mat®? It's a great marketing opportunity! Get samples of your art to people who buy from machines all over the U.S. (plus 2 Australian machines and 1 in Europe).  You can put contact/website info on the art pieces (eg: "Like this? See my real artwork at www.yourartwebsite.com") so it is essentially a business card that people buy!
-you get $2.50 per piece, paid quarterly, on commission
-make your own blocks/boxes or buy them from Art*o*mat®
-get your art seen all over the country!

I hope some of you are inspired to give it a try! We really need more New Mexican artists to participate since we now have 7 machines in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I'm happy to answer any questions and give tips to interested artists. Email me, Victoria, at brown_v_r@yahoo.com

Monday, December 5, 2016

Merry Christmahannukwanzaka/Festivus ...and a Happy New Year Too!

The weather has turned cold and it's holiday season already.  Have you finished your shopping yet? Putting your feet up by the fire and sipping something festive? I hope you aren't letting the stresses of the holiday rush get to ya.
If you haven't finished getting those last minute gifts yet don't fret. You know it's the thought that counts. And everyone just wants to know they are loved.  What says "you've been in my thoughts and I want to show you that I love you" more than art from Art*o*mat®? You're right. Nothing.  The compact size and the just-right-price is perfect for stuffing all the stockings in your life. Plus, Art*o*mat® machines are in 6 easy-to-stop-in locations with great hours and great parking!

Let's all just enjoy the holidays, give the Wally World Marts a rest, and support artists and the amazing work they do! Thank you to all my Art*o*mat® friends and fans for making 2016 a great year. Cheers and best wishes for a fabulous 2017!

Peace
Love
Art
-Victoria

Friday, August 12, 2016

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Art*o*mat® installed at Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe!


Meet "MATamale:" Newest Art*o*mat® goes to Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe!

Announcing "MATamale!" My 6th Art*o*mat® machine for New Mexico (and my 4th for Santa Fe) is now installed in the amazing New Mexican restaurant, Caffe Greco, at 233 Canyon Road. It's been months of hush-hush planning (so hard to keep a secret!) and waiting for my newest "baby" to arrive.  I call "him" "MATamale" because of the not-so-subtle homage to New Mexican food.  Look closely: can you see the guacamole, pico de gallo, and nacho cheese colors of the stripes? And how about how delicious they look next to the clear-coated natural rust sides that kinda resemble a smooth mole sauce? Then top it all off with a mirror complete with a parade of chiles etched in the glass. Stomach rumbling yet? Good! Because Caffe Greco is your answer to hungry bellies and tired feet after a hike along gallery-infested Canyon Road. No, there won't be anything to eat inside the Art*o*mat® but you won't be disappointed in the art that can be found in the 9 columns of this 1960 era National Brand cigarette machine. I want to give a special thank you to Rita Linder from Caffe Greco for giving Art*o*mat® a chance and to her son-in-law, Lance, for being hot on getting one placed there. Installation pics to follow. Enjoy!
Caffe Greco 233 Canyon Road. Open 7am-7pm, Fri & Sat till 8pm.

Thank you to Laird & Corky Brown and Louis Correll for helping me move "MATamale"  

We contemplate what to order for our celebratory dinner, dining next to Art*o*mat®


"MATamale" Before: Just look at this beautiful rust bucket. Thank you, ravages of time and damp garages!
Owner/Creator, Clark Whittington, presents me with my new machine in Delurk gallery in Winston-Salem, NC
We effortlessly load it into the minivan for its 1,500 mile trip home to Santa Fe! Thanks, mom, for driving the whole way!
"MATamale," like "CaveMAT" and my first machine -the Original "MAT," came to me by way of mom's minivan and another one of our mother/daughter dynamic duo epic road trips.  We raced along I-40 missing a few treacherous rainstorms (but not missing the amazing BBQ, catfish, and deep fat fried pickles) along the way to Winston-Salem, NC to pick up this Art*o*mat® from Delurk Gallery where Owner/Creator/Boy Artist Himself, Clark Whittington, met us and helped load up my SIXTH machine. After a quick lunch and gab session with Clark we hit the road headed west again and made it home in record time. Thank you so much, mom, for those hours and hours of white-knuckle driving during the scary parts (in and out of those Blue Ridge Mountains) and the tediousness of the flat boring parts. I hope my DJ'ing (thank YOU Coast to Coast AM podcasts and Hamilton soundtrack) and navigating made it more fun for you. I love our road trips!

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.