">"I'm a capitalist, but I'm not a very good one," he said. "If we were to stick to normal business practices, the pieces would be a minimum $15 each, and no one would be buying them, and artists wouldn't be getting their name around the country and making contacts."
The participating artists include emerging talents and established creators who enjoy the challenge of creating small, cost-effective pieces without sacrificing quality.
"The artists are doing this because they believe in the mission of what we are doing," Whittington said. The machines also target art lovers who might be unable to afford pieces on many gallery walls.
Art-O-Mat opens with a 5:30 p.m. Thursday reception at City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing.