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:
- Drawing Pencils & Markers
- Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
- Painting Easels
- Artists’ Brushes
- Sketch Books
- Painting & Drawing papers
- Art Instruction Books
- Golden Fluid Acrylics
- And More!
- Design Consulting
- Custom Framing
- Shadow Boxes
- Dry Mounting
- Mat Cutting
- Art Classes
- And More!
Create an Heirloom
If you are concerned about protecting and preserving your family treasures, consider having them framed. We will provide you with ideas for how to best present each item and we will use all the best materials and techniques to help preserve them. We have experience framing all kinds of treasures. Stop by to see some examples in our store. Whether you already know what you want to have framed or are looking for ideas, we are here to help. And wouldn’t it make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift!
September Artist of the Month
John C. Ulberg
Reception and Anniversary Party September 5th 5pm-7pm
John C. Ulberg paints with watercolors and acrylics, pursuing his passion since retiring from 37 years as a Civil Engineer.
A born and bred Montanan, John has lived in Helena all but three years of his life. Ranch work, guiding, horse wrangling, hunting, fishing and spending most of his time outdoors provides the basis for his paintings, mostly landscapes, ranch life or wildlife.
As a youth, John modeled for and learned much about art, painting, and the west from Shorty Shope. He grew up one block from the Montana Historical Society Museum studying the artwork of Charles M. Russell and other gallery artists. John has continued with a disciplined study of watercolor painting under the guidance of many professional artists, including Judi Betts, Mel Stabin, Mark Kohler, David Taylor, Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, Charles Reid, John Poon, Mark Hanson, Greg Scheibel, David Santilannes and T.J. Lynde. He also admires and studies the works of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran and Carl Rungius.
John has been an Art-In-The-Forest resident artist, was in the juried ANA 31 show at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana and was in the juried Montana Watercolor Society’s Watermedia 2006 and 2007, winning an award of merit in 2007. In 2009 he was again juried in and is now a signature member of the Montana Watercolor Society. He was a quick-draw artist in the annual Townsend Community Fund Auction every year and enjoys donating to many local benefit fund raisers. He has been an invited guest artist at five Montana Painters Alliance paint-outs, including the 2007 “River of Paint” and show. He was selected for the Icons of the West shows at the Dana Gallery in Missoula, Montana in 2012 and 2014. John was the Helena, Montana 2016 Artist of the Year. His painting “Mountain Con Morning” was selected as the cover for Stan Lynde’s western novel “To Kill a Copper King”. John has shown his works in many galleries and shows in Montana, including Helena’s Spring and Fall Artwalks. His work is found in private collections in California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Texas and Georgia.
John also is a cowboy poet, releasing in December 2006 his CD of all original poetry. He performs at gatherings and other private and public events, which provides fresh inspiration for his art.
John lives in his owner-built log house at the Hangin’ Rail Ranch on Spokane Creek east of Helena, Montana.
Events & Classes
Color Theory & Mixing
Thursday – September 26 5:30pm-7:30pm 2HRS $30
Learn how colors work together and how to create the colors you want! We will break down the color wheel and look at how to find the perfect neutrals for any project in your media of choice. Most materials provided with a short bring from home list.
Many Mono-line Alphabets
Mondays – September 30 and October 7 5:30pm-7:30pm 4HRS $45
A fun class for any level… We’ll use those weird Speedball “A” and “B” style nibs and a few unusual tools. Think… Art Nouveau, Neuland and Tiny Writing! Some materials provided.
Oil Painting 101 with Local Artist Jean McLean!
Tuesdays – October 1, 8, 15 Starting at 10am 10 HRS $75
We will start at the beginning with how to use the correct brushes and color mixing. We will also address using a sketchbook, planning your painting, shadow and light, and even how to paint from life. Participants will come away with several reference paintings and work toward completing a still life! 10% discount on supplies in store.
Painted Leather Journal
Saturday – October 5 10am-5pm 6HRS $75
We will be painting Arches Text Wove paper using Casein Paints! Casein is a water-soluble, milk-based paint similar to watercolor… but it dries water resistant! We will then bind these marvelous multiple signatures into a leather cover using a long stitch. Most materials provided with a discount on paints and brushes in the store.
October 14 & 17 5:30pm-7:30pm 4HRS $35
You will learn about the various types of pencils and drawing mediums! You will be directed through a series of exercises involving line quality, shading, and form. Learn how to practice drawing what you see! Discount on Materials in store.
Mixed Media Art
Mondays – November 4, 11, 18 5:30pm-7:30pm 6HRS $70
Learn how to involve multiple medias, from paint to ink to fabric, into both abstract and representational pieces. We will look at how mediums can work together and will strive to complete 2 different pieces! Feel free to bring any mediums you want to work with (only exceptions are oil and resin.) Some materials supplied, a discount in store on others and please bring photos, fabric, magazines, buttons and random bits to include in your finished piece.