Friday, September 23, 2011

Create: A Community Art Gallery

For those who have been reading this for a while, you should know that annually, my art group puts together a community project.  This year, we created an art vending machine where local artists and crafters could sell their goods.  We ran a fundraiser, bought a machine, prettied it up, and collected an inventory of handmade goods.

After a year of work, the ArtVend machine is in place. 
Photo by Kristin Roach
It went into Wheatsfield, a local grocery co-op, last Friday and this weekend is the official launch.  We didn’t create a launch party, but Wheatsfield will be having its member appreciation day and hosting artists performing for the Maximum Ames Music Festival.  On Sunday, a block or two away, will be the Octagon Arts Festival.  What better way could we celebrate our new endeavor than with all this great stuff going on?

This year, I didn’t do much painting myself, but I got coated in it, of course.  The machine was sanded, primed, painted, and decaled.  Those beautiful circles are sticky backed vinyl we cut out and applied. 
ArtVend, still in it's Maker Space incubator
I couldn’t be happier with how it looks. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when a community comes together in friendship and fun with a goal of making a contribution to the community. 

Go check it out!
Photo by Kristin Roach


  1. I love the ArtVend machine! We actually go to Wheatsfield more now then we ever did, and it is just so we can check out the machine :)

  2. Awesome! I'm going there tonight to do some shopping and check up on it. It's so fun to go look at it in it's new home and make sure it's alright.

  3. This is so awesome! Wish I knew people doing something like that around here. :)

  4. Thank you so much! We think it's pretty awesome too. Check around with your local arts community. Maybe one of those groups would be interested in creating their own version.