Nothing Sweeter than an ART Bar

Last summer, I (Sophia) worked at a recreation center that hosted many summer camps. I loved it when campers would pass by my desk because it was located in front of a vending machine. The campers would become so excited, looking at all of the candy that they could try. Even now, as an adult, I think that vending machines are exciting! You approach it with intent and wait in anticipation for a sweet snack. Imagine this: a vending machine, but instead of chocolate or gummies, you are gifted with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork…a great treat, for the eyes only!

Eric Allen Montgomery is an artist who creates Mixed Media Assemblage, from wall mounted to wearable. They tell Stories with STUFF.

Throughout the pandemic, Eric has been spending his time making 200 “mini ART bars” of quarantine.

An array of mini art bars are displayed, hung on a wall.
*mini ART bars*

Eric was inspired by his 1940’s candy bar vending machine to create the mini ART bars. Making the ART bars was also a great way to “keep from spiraling down The Great Weirdness rabbit hole.”

An advertisement for the mini ART bars, which depict some of the wrappers. It also shows the 1940s vending machine which dispenses them. The caption reads: "This is a Vendo-Pak candy bar dispensing machine from the 1940s. At least, that's how it began it's career/ Now it vends one-of-a-kind "mini ART bars." Hand made collages, assemblages, and original photos on wood. No two are alike, and what you get is a mystery until you unwrap its tasty goodness. Styles and materials change regularly; collect from each series! The photos show examples from the first two batches. Enjoy! And please remember to eat with your eyes, not your mouth!

As a personal message, Eric quotes Neil Gaiman, saying:

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

For more of their artwork, check out Eric’s website: https://ericallenmontgomery.wixsite.com/ericallenmontgomery

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