Vending Machine Sells Teens’ Art

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DENVER (UPI) — A Colorado art gallery said a cigarette vending machine converted into an Art-O-Mat art dispenser is half-stocked by works from disabled teens.

Damon McLeese, director of the Access Gallery, said the business obtained the Art-O-Mat, one of dozens in operations across the country, from a Kansas City, Mo., gallery that went out of business and decided to half-stock it with professional works from national artists and fill the other half with works by disabled teens who participate in the gallery’s workshops, The Denver Post reported Monday.

The artworks in the vending machine are each sold for $5. The artists receive 50 percent of each sale.

McLeese said the gallery gets as many as 1,000 visitors at a time, and while most of them do not arrive intending to buy art, many find themselves won over by the Art-O-Mat.

“I saw one last spring in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian and thought it was really amazing,” McLeese said of the machines.

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