Art-O-Mat is coming to Denver this Friday, August 19th!!!
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is pleased to house Colorado’s first Art-O-Mat machine—one of only 100 active Art-O-Mat machines across the country. Each Art-O-Mat machine is made from a retired cigarette vending machine that has been converted to vend original, affordable and accessible pocket-sized art pieces. What an easy way to start an art collection!
Not only is the machine fun and slightly addicting (although much less so than cigarettes) the project supports VSA Colorado/Access Gallery’s ongoing Artworks program. On August 19th, the machine will be stocked with artwork from well-known Colorado artists, including Phil Bender, Jennifer Collins, Andy Brzeczek, Derek Velasquez, Niza Knoll, Richard Duggan and others who have also helped teen artists create their own art pieces. This summer teens with disabilities participating in the Artworks program created their own first editions for the Art-O-Mat machine. Each teen was paired with a professional mentor and taught simple economics on how to create sellable art, and each will earn money from the sale of the pieces. So not only will you get an original piece of art for $5.00, you’ll also be helping a teen garner real-life job skills!
As an additional bonus, VSA Colorado/Access Gallery will have North Carolina artist Clark Whittington, the creator of the Art-O-Mat machine, in the gallery discussing the project and how artists can be involved. Whittington created the first Art-O-Mat machine in 1997, they’ve now gained national attention residing in places like the Chicago Cultural Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. They’ve also been placed in hotels, casinos and college campuses across the country. Damon McLeese, the Executive Director of VSA Colorado, spotted a machine in Washington DC and decided it was a perfect fit for the programs of VSA.
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. Check out the organization’s website here http://accessgallery.org/.
The event will be held Friday, August 19th from 6-9pm in the evening.
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is located at 909 Santa Fe Drive, in the heart of the Arts District.