You're going to love this ! Several years back an artist friend of mine told me about these Art-O-Mat machines and was suggesting I might want to check out the company that chooses artists to vend from them. The wild thing is, these are re-purposed cigarette vending machines. How clever !.....right ?? Of course at the time I Goog'd it and read all about them, but never pursued it. None of my art is that little !... but I did think it was an interesting and fun idea and enjoyed reading about it.
Two days ago when I went for the first time to a shop in the next town over too look at some outdoor art they make (I'll show you that part later, I promise).... one of the fun surprises I found there was one of the Art-O-Mat machines.
I was SO delighted to see one in the real.
Let me apologize right off for the horrid next photo, but it ended up being the only one of the token slot I ended up with. I tried to enhance it and also used the "Zeke" filter, whose color I didn't love, but which made it as readable as I could get it. You forgive me don't you? Thank you ! :)
Around the $5.00 price it says "Tokens Only" and "See Gallery Attendant"
A clear sticker to make sure customers understand.
Are you old enough to remember cigarette vending machines? If so, this should look familiar to you. Vintage pull buttons and all ! Now the machines have been boldly painted and artified on the outside.
A little closer and you can see the rows of little art vending boxes above the small art displays and names of the artists whose art is in each slot. My understanding is that you know which Artist's art you are buying, but all of the pieces are original and different, so you have no idea exactly what it will be.
A little closer of the left side.
....and a little closer on the right.
In the top of the machine, you can see some examples of some of the art you might get. I forgot to ask if the top displays are changed as the vending artists do or if that was just a permanent miscellaneous display. I'm guessing it may be examples of some of the art that is currently being vended.
Originally I was just taking these photos for myself and not thinking of the possibility of making the Art-O-Mat a post (shame ! Shame ! on me)... .because if I had, I would have bought a token and vended myself a piece of art to share. Ya'll forgive me again ..... don't you ??? Thank you.... :)
Now... .wasn't that fun ?? Have you ever seen one? Have you ever bought something out of one? Now I can't wait to go back and try it, just to say I did.
It's a warm Sunday morning here. I'm sipping coffee and lazily thinking on what I will be doing today. So many things as possibilities ! I will probably go to see my Mother most of the afternoon..... because that is the MOST important.... I'm sure you agree.
Hope you have a most wonderful day, however you choose to spend it.