In 2013 we saw a need in our community for art based cultural activities and started Machina Arts. As millennials, we understand why it is so hard to keep young or youthful minded professionals in our area. We ourselves struggled with the decision to stay or leave. In the end, we realized that the beauty of this area is that it can be whatever you create. We decided to create an art scene and Machina Arts was born. Over the years, Machina has transformed from a homegrown arts collective into a business offering a full service farm to table restaurant and artbar, creative event management, stylish interior design, and interactive gallery curation. We believe that community based art and design are key drivers in the cultural renaissance that this area needs.
Machina Arts is a socially responsible business that is committed to meeting the highest social and environmental standards. This includes the creation of making more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose as well as using business to make a positive impact on our community. Machina's workplace has practices such as a providing a living wage for their employees, composting, ethical and local sourcing as well as contributing and partnering with their local non-profits regularly.
We hope that you’ll join us in our creative efforts!
The Machina Kitchen & ArtBar is an organic farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktail bar, live music venue and art gallery energizing the creative economy and building community in Keene, NH.
To cultivate art and vibrancy through food, gallery installations, design, and experiential events, with a focus on breaking boundaries, exceptional quality, service, ethical sourcing and community building.
Machina Arts Founders and Owners
Co-Founder, Partner, & Arts Director
Event Design, Marketing & PR , Business Manager
Danya Landis graduated from The Maine College of Art in 2011 with a bachelor’s in fine arts in Sculpture. Danya specialized in metalworking, installation art, performance art, and jewelry. Although her studies focused on fine art, Danya also has a passion for craft, design. and curation. In 2013 Danya co-founded Machina Arts because she saw a need in the Monadnock Region’s community for art-based cultural activities and building a home and opportunities for artists. With Machina Arts she started offering art-based event management, experiential interior design, curated interactive galleries, and in 2019 co-founded Machina Kitchen & ArtBar merging art, food, community. Danya has been a welder for over a decade, an artist since childhood, and her work has been exhibited across the country. In addition to Danya’s work with Machina she teaches steel sculpture classes at The Carving Studio in Rutland VT, serves on the Keene Young Professionals board, is a 2020 graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses Program, and was previously serving on the Governor's Millennial Advisory Council, the Keene City Commission, Arts Alive Monadnock board, and was a founding member of TEDxKeene. Danya is an active voice for her community speaking out about her passion to create the opportunity for artists to showcase their work, building culture, and building healthy, mission driven businesses. Danya is passionate, organized, and has a deep understanding of the need for art in our community and is excited to live, build, and create in Keene, New Hampshire.
Partner & Chef Patron
Jordan Scott is a classically trained chef with a passion for globally inspired seasonal food made with local ingredients. Jordan has described his wine dinners as a study in simplicity. He finds great joy in creating simple, elegant dishes built on a foundation of technique and with care given to each ingredient. His dishes delight the most sophisticated palate, balancing rustic charm with an innovative and artistic twist. Jordan has a great deal of respect for the traditional French style of cooking and uses that as a foundation from which to explore modern and progressive methods and flavors. Jordan cares deeply for our local community and has been a passionate advocate for local foods and has worked tirelessly to build long-term relationships between our restaurant community and our local farms.
Co-Founder, Partner, and Designer
Spacial Designer, Strategic Advisor
Rebecca Hamilton is a second-generation family owner and the co-CEO of Badger, a manufacturer of natural and organic sunscreens, cosmetics and aromatherapy products known for its pioneering family-friendly benefits, B Corp community engagement, and numerous accolades, including landing a spot on Forbes’ “Small Giants: America’s Best Small Companies” list.
As the co-founder and co-owner of Machina Arts, Rebecca focused her creative energy on envisioning the unique art-based design at both the Hive Venue/Co-Working Space and the Machina Kitchen and ArtBar. A fire performer, aerial artist, DJ, and Mai Tai connoisseur in her spare time, she's also passionate about wild harvesting ingredients for specialty cocktails—a key feature of the ArtBar.
In her role at Badger, Rebecca speaks out on issues concerning the environment, ingredient transparency, and societal change. She has spoken at the White House and the United Nations, testified before Congress on behalf of safer cosmetics, and routinely attends Senate and House briefings on Capitol Hill in support of family-friendly workplace practices and chemical reform. Rebecca was recently appointed to the National Women's Business Council and also spearheaded the passing of Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire, a for-profit status that incorporates the pursuit of positive environmental and social impact in addition to profit.
Rebecca holds a degree in business and social justice from the University of Massachusetts and attended the University of Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany.
Machina Arts Key Staff
President of Vices / Contact: email@example.com
Justin Young is a multi-disciplinary creative from the Midwest. He has been a hospitality professional since 2005 when he realized bartending was an excellent way to pay for art school. He studied sculpture, filmmaking, and photography in college and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. He served as Director of On-Premise Eduction & Mixology at craft distillery Great Northern (WI), where he assisted in developing award winning spirits. He has spent the past seven years working at internationally recognized bars and restaurants The Barrel Room and Pacific Cocktail Haven in San Francisco. His most recent venture as a Bar Consultant landed him in New England, which he now calls home.
Inspired by visionary chefs such as Dominique Crenn and Grant Achatz, along with other modern artists and thinkers, Justin enjoys taking things apart and reconstructing or abstracting the original form. While global culinary traditions shape his investigations of modernist techniques, he also brings to the bar a mind for sustainability, and accountability. He has spent the past few years advocating for public health and services for the underprivileged and underserved communities of San Francisco. Justin is happiest when he is helping others or creating.
Machina Arts Family Owners
Chris Hamilton - Co-Owner, Designer, Installation Artist, DJ
Chris does design, videography, photography, and general marketing for Machina Arts. He is also a Machina DJ spinning Deep House, Disco and Classic Lounge music. He has a BS and a MS in Geology, was a marine biology professor aboard a sailboat in the Caribbean for 8 years (with Long Island University), and he spends his summers on Cape Cod surfing and filming whales with his video company In the Wild Productions.
Walker Landis - Co-Owner, Custom Builder, Set Designer, DJ, Musician
Walker makes many of Machina's dreams into reality. He's built most of the custom furniture and design features for which Machina is known. He is also a Machina DJ specializing in Reggae and Chill music and he plays bass in the bands Adam and the Flood and Same Size Feet. In addition to his work at Machina he runs Landis Carpentry.
Just a few of our key community and business partners