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.
September Artist of the Month
Reception September 7th 5pm-7pm
I was born, raised, and I learned to paint in Helena Montana, however I am anything but your typical Montana painter. My bright acrylic paintings range in size and subject matter, but most often are infused with a hint of dark humor. As a kid I spent many Saturday mornings watching cartoons, and I was deeply influenced by the bright colors and comical situations. It is easy to see Picasso as one of my other major influences, and I have continued to work on blending the two style while also developing one of my own. My paintings are an honest interpretation of my sense of humor, and with them I am able to provide a glimpse of myself I tend to keep hidden.
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.
Continuing Calligraphy –Classic to Contemporary Capitals $70
4 Mondays October 1st
We’ll explore several different decorative styles of CAPITAL letters from elaborate Medieval to experimental Contemporary styles. Our project will be illuminating an initial with 23K Gold Patent Leaf and gouache paint! We will also try the imitation metal leafing and mixing powdered ‘bronze’.
Previous Calligraphy experience recommended, pre-registration required. Typical calligraphy supplies needed – list will be sent to participants. There will be a materials fee for the gold- apx. $10-12.
Acrylic Textures and Mediums $60
Session A: 9:00am-12:00am
Session B: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Ever wanted to try acrylic mediums without having to buy everyone? In this class you will get the chance to try a variety of mediums with your own acrylic paint. We will test transparency, body, textures, and more with various mediums to create a sample chart and experiment with abstract painting. Most materials included.
Beginning Italic Calligraphy $70
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, participants will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks and papers! We will begin our study of Italic style. This class is for beginners as well as those who have taken some previous calligraphy and would like to learn another style! We will also make a wrapped-cover presentation booklet. Materials provided with a small bring from home list.
More Encaustic Techniques $70
Using skills learned in the Intro to Encaustic class, students will expand their knowledge of methods, techniques and materials to allow greater freedom of express in this dynamic and versatile medium. Students will have two completed pieces by the end of class, some materials provided.
Intro to Watercolor $60
Through demonstrations, practice and instructions, participants will become familiar with different watercolor techniques and processes. We will cover the basics and help you become more confident in painting with watercolor! Some materials provided and a short supply shopping list.