The HRAC is excited about its newest amenity that will help the Hammond community get a quick art fix to brighten their days.
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 or a candy bar. 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 submit proposals to create their own artworks to stock Art-O-Mat machines across the country. Stop by during regular business hours and chat with the staff about how you can become an Art-O-Mat artist. Part of the proceeds for the Art-O-Mat machine will go towards supporting HRAC in its outreach programming.
Art-O-Mat Artist of the Month
This month's Art-O-Mat artist is Rachel O of Rachel O's Fabulous Whimsy. Rachel is a self-employed artist, whose full time job is making and selling fabric button jewelry made from her custom designed fabric. She works from home with her adorable cat-assistant.
She has 300 different designs that she makes into earrings, hairpins, cuff-links and pendants. This marks her 5th anniversary of being self-employed, and she has been an Art-O-Mat artist since 2012. Her husband Matt hosts one of the Omaha machines.
Visit the HRAC today and purchase a token to buy a set of Rachel's original animal earrings or bicycle hairpins.