House of Mirth Photos and BannerQueen art & Design
Two unique businesses under one roof
Announcing “Spot 142” at 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA (glamorously located across from the RMV on the main floor in Eastworks ) – a unique shared showroom and studio space merging “BannerQueen” the art and design of Amy Johnquest with vintage photo dealer Stacy Waldman of “House of Mirth Photos.”
The two respective businesses sharing the storefront “Spot 142” will be hosting a public grand opening on Saturday, February 15th 2020, from 1:00 – 5:00pm.
Having outgrown their previous location “Spot 22,” located at 22 Cottage St., the decision to move to the more expansive Suite 142 in Eastworks was made. In the new location they will have space to offer collage and other workshops; more room to create and collect; as well as an increased showroom area. New hours will be: Tues., Wed., Thurs. 10am – 2pm or by appointment.
Stacy Waldman, a resident of Easthampton, MA has been collecting and selling vintage photographs for over 20 years. Work purchased from her collections can be seen in vernacular photography coffee table books, museum shows and collections worldwide. Waldman has also self-published a book called “Dick” from her personal collection of photos of people, places and things named Dick. “I look forward to not only showing the wonderful array of snapshots and historical photos here at Spot 142,” but also being a location for folks to sell their old photo collections they no longer want to keep around,” said Waldman.
Amy Johnquest, a resident of Holyoke, MA has been making art under the moniker of “BannerQueen” since 1999 and is widely known for her sideshow banner art and stylings. Lately her paintings have been focused on altering historic cabinet cards and found objects of which a book “Altered Ancestors” has been published. She also does illustration and design for a wide range of clients and projects. “My work is strictly low-tech with a quasi folk art bent. I like to play with words, double entendre, curiosities, and the cosmic beyond. I’m really excited about having more elbow room to create and show my art,” said Johnquest.
The two met each other about 7 years ago at a monthly collage party Waldman used to host in her home. “I was immediately influenced by Stacy’s photo collection and wowed by her discard photo box. I started painting on them and one thing led to another,” said Johnquest. “We have both enjoyed having our store front at 22 Cottage Street – especially creating our window installations, but when this bigger better space at Eastworks became available we jumped on it. The type of work we do really compliments each other.” Waldman said.
email & interwebs
Copyright Spot 142 – House of Mirth Photos & BannerQueen Art & Design – All rights reserved