Arts
8:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Art-o-mat Presents Mid-Atlantic Regional Swap Meet in D.C.

Most art is housed in and sold from a museum, a gallery, or studio, found on the walls of a restaurant or displayed in a garden or public space. So one place you might not expect to find it is being dispensed from a refurbished cigarette vending machine.  The concept is called Art-o-mat, and with $5.00 and a sense of curiosity, a piece from an Art-o-mat can be yours.  

From wearable art to wood block landscapes, Polaroid photos, handmade miniatures, even a mini robot made from capacitors - the possibilities for the art you can find in an Art-o-mat are endless (as long as they fit into a 3x2 inch box).  Art-o-mat and the artists behind it aim to produce progressive art that's both personal and accessible.  Winston-Salem based Clark Whittington is the man behind the Art-o-mat and he stopped by WFDD to tell Bethany Chafin more.  

 Art-o-mat inventor Clark Whittington has said, "the world is invited to participate," and this weekend artists and interested parties will be meeting at the Mid-Atlantic regional Swap Meet at the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.  The event runs from 1:00 - 4:30 and is free and open to the public.  Curious to know where Art-o-mats are located?  Click here.  And what type of art you might find in a machine?  Check it out.   

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