An Artful Twist on a Bad Habit Comes to City Arts Center in Tim
North Carolina artist Clark Whittington’s transformed cigarette machines will so
artworks sized perfect for stocking stuffers to OKC
11.04.2009 – OKLAHOMA CITY – Bad habits may be hard to break but artist Clark
Whittington of Winston-Salem, NC, has found a creative way to take old cigarette
machines from days gone by and turn them into art dispensing novelties. Just in
time for a great $5 stocking-stuffer idea, City Arts Center will soon be home to the
only Art-O-Mat machine in Oklahoma that is accessible to the public.
The official unveiling of the Art-O-Mat will be Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. at City Arts Center in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery, 3000 General
Pershing Blvd., OKC. At 6 p.m., Whittington will give an artist’s talk to those
interested in learning more about his machine-dispensing art and to local artists
who would like to be part of his project here in Oklahoma City. Guest will also be
able to purchase a $5 token, pull a lever and go home with what will be one of the
most “buzz worthy” stocking stuffer ideas of this year’s holiday season.
Whittington created the first Art-O-Mat in 1997 as part of an art exhibit. He repurposed
the old cigarette machine and created cigarette pack-size art, wrapped it in
cellophane, sold tokens and from there the rest is history. Artists in Cellophane, the
sponsoring organization of Art-O-Mat, is based on the concept of taking art and
“repackaging” it to make it part of our daily lives and to encourage art consumption.
Learn more about the Art-O-Mat at www.artomat.org.
About City Arts Center
The City Arts Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. City Arts Center is located
at Oklahoma State Fair Park off of North May Avenue, Gates 3 and 4. The Eleanor
Kirkpatrick Gallery features contemporary works in all media by local, regional and
national artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 10:00pm and
Friday through Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00