Queen City Framing & Art Supplies was opened in the fall of 2016 in Helena, Montana by Deb Parsons and Martha Johnson. They loved assisting you as the former Art Department and Frame Shop managers of Helena’s iconic Ben Franklin Crafts and when it closed, they were urged to continue providing the quality services and supplies their customers looked for.
Martha has over 15 years of framing experience and training in the various methods of mounting prints, paintings, and photos as well as unique delicate items and 3-dimensional objects. Deb has a degree in graphic design, is a former business owner and a published artist and calligrapher who often teaches classes. She can answer questions about all the art mediums and supplies they carry and make thoughtful suggestions.
Deb, Martha, and their staff have the tools and knowledge to help you fulfill your artistic vision with expert advice, individualized customer service and affordable quality!
Products & Services
Our store offers a variety of different products and services for all your artistic needs and endeavors. Be sure to ask our staff for advice and suggestions on which product would be the best fit for you. Here is just a sample of the some of the products and services we offer:
- Getty Images
- Drawing Pencils & Markers
- Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
- Painting Easels
- Artists’ Brushes
- Sketch Books
- Painting & Drawing papers
- How To Books
- And More!
- Design Consulting
- Digital Printing on Canvas, Metal, Acrylic
- Custom Framing
- Shadow Boxes
- Dry Mounting
- Mat Cutting
- Art Classes
- And More!
Photos Re-created into Paintings, Printed on Satin Canvas
Transform your favorite photos into original works or art on canvas. Academy-trained artists first recreate the photo by digitally painting it resulting in a one-of-a-kind original painting. Then, once printed, the artists further embellish each canvas with textural brushstrokes to bring your Painted Moments to life!
Photos Printed on Polished Acrylic
Style your photographs on acrylic to create a sophisticated, brilliant statement on your walls. This look affords maximum depth and richness of color in an ultra-brilliant format. For a modern infinity look, select unframed or add metal standoffs to elevate your photography.
Photos Printed on Aluminum
Prints on aluminum are stunning, modern, durable, and lightweight. This process produces rich colors and creates spectacular results. Can be mounted without a frame for a clean and modern look.
Photos Printed on Satin Canvas
Turn photos into fine art on classic canvas, expertly stretched for framing or as a modern gallery wrap. Photos to canvas art offers exceptional print quality and color management. The state-of-the-art printing process ensures that each photo is rendered on canvas with meticulous attention to detail. This fine art method of printing insures a spectacular result.
TURN YOUR CHERISHED MEMORIES INTO GALLERY MOMENTS
Save time by contacting us before your visit and we can send you a link by email to upload your photo.
August Artist of the Month
Reception on Friday the 10th
Shelley Freese never truly left the Children’s Section of her small town’s public library. She grew up on a windy wheat farm in Montana’s Golden Triangle, and that famous Big Sky could make her feel small and lonesome. Books were her window to other landscapes and other worlds.
Dancing Cow Studio, located in the historic Miles City Academy, is a similar haven where Shelley draws, paints and writes. Her medium is watercolor, and she uses both paper and clay-surface board to make her art.
Shelley specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom-commissioned Story Paintings. Starting with the initial of the child who will receive the painting, she combs through the dictionary, collecting words until a story forms — one that always ends with the affirmation that the child’s name is the single word “their” letter is proudest to represent. She is currently working on her 121st Story Painting.
Shelley’s “Unusual Alphabet” print series highlights lesser-known animals, plants, and insects. Her alphabet book, Teeny Tiny ABC, follows a small character named Annicka and her animal friends through the four seasons. She is currently working on a follow-up story, Teeny-Tiny 1-2-3, which takes place on that magical day when late fall turns into early winter. She has also published a nursery rhyme book, Fun With Mother Goose, and a series of Halloween Cards.
It’s cozy in the Children’s Section, though the chairs have gotten smaller. Come in. Sit down. It’s Story Time.
“INKTOBER” ART FEST
Queen City Framing & Art Supplies invites artists currently living in Montana to submit artwork for a juried show this October! In keeping with the social media designation of October as ‘Inktober”, all art for this show must incorporate INK in some way. The show will be up during the month of October 2018 in our store! Contact the store for more information.
Encaustic Painting Intro Workshop $65
Session A: 9am-1pm
Session B: 2pm-6pm
Encaustic is a wax-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface which flourished in ancient Greco-Roman Egypt. It is a unique and versatile medium which uses pigmented wax and heat throughout the painting process. We will cover basic supplies, materials and explore some of the primary methods of application. All materials are included and participants will be guided in completing one 5”x 7” and one 8”x 10” piece in their own personal creative style.
KiD'S Class - Monotype Printmaking $55
9:30am – 12:00pm
A great way to introduce the child in your life to printmaking! Using water-based inks and acrylic paints, we will explore color, texture, and design on reusable gel printing plates. We will create fun and unique prints as well as a fun piece of stationary.
All materials are included, you get to keep the gel plate. No experience necessary.
Introduction to Monotype Printing $65
This process is great for making art prints, one of a kind stationary, backgrounds for mixed media pieces and more! We will use water-based inks and acrylic paints to print some one of a kind art prints and fine art cards in your own personal creative style. All materials included, and you keep your gel plate.
All materials are included. No experience necessary.