The HRAC welcomes the Hammond community to get a quick art fix to brighten their days with the Art-O-Mat!

The Art-O-Mat is a restored vintage cigarette machine that has been refurbished to dispense artworks made by artists from across the country. This machine offers patrons handheld artworks such as tiny art prints, handcrafted jewelry, miniature sculptures, small mobiles, or handcrafted soap. The art ranges from fine to functional. It's never been easier to become an art collector.

The machine -- one of over 100 across the country -- is located at the front of the HRAC and is part of the HRAC's mission in supporting original artworks and making art more accessible in Hammond. 

Sponsored by The Red, White & Brew and Boutique de Fumee, the Art-O-Mat makes supporting the Arts Center eclectic, fun and unexpected while being as easy as buying a bottle of soda. People love the affordable, original art from the Art-O-Mat, and now you can enjoy it as well. Each Art-O-Mat token can be purchased for $5, just ask a HRAC staff member for assistance or recommendations.

HRAC is encouraging local artists to stock their artworks in Art-O-Mat machines across the country. Stop by during business hours and chat with us about how you can become an Art-O-Mat artist. Part of the proceeds for the Art-O-Mat goes towards supporting HRAC's outreach programming. 



Artist of the Month

This month's Art-O-Mat artist is Kathleen Hill of Joyful Kismey/Kismet Art Studios. Kathleen is a retired art teacher from Jacksonville, Fla. who possesses a life-long love of art and possesses an extensive art education and museum curation experience. She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art.

Joyful Kismet is her product line of handmade functional and decorative ceramics and art for holiday, home and garden decor. She has been an Art-O-Mat artist since 2018 and creates little ceramic houses, ceramic Christmas tree ornaments, ceramic necklaces, painted blocks, and mixed media art specifically for the Art-O-Mat.

As a child, she used to work filling cigarette, soda and candy machines for her parents' cab company. And now she is happy to switch the cigarettes for beautiful art. She also hosts an Art-O-Mat of her own that was built in the 1950s in her studio.

You can find Joyful Kismet handmade, ceramic trays inside the Hammond Regional Arts Center's Art-o-Mat! Kathleen's ceramic trays are made using earthenware clay that is kiln fired, glazed, the fired again. The trays can be used for trinkets, rings, tea bags or as a spoon rest.

Visit the HRAC today and purchase a token to purchase one of Kathleen's beautiful works.





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