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.
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.
February Featured Artist
Deborah Parsons Menke – Past Generations Still Present
Reception Friday February 9th 5pm to 7pm
Please join us for the Artist’s Reception for our February featured artist, Deb Parsons Menke. Yes, she is one of the co-owners of QCF&AS, so if you always wondered if she knew what she was talking about … come and check out this show!
For this show, Past Generations Still Present, Deb did sketches based on writings from her grandmother’s diary, written as a young woman in the early 1930s! Of course, being a calligrapher Deb includes transcribing of the appropriate entries because they are just so delicious. Ahem!
Deb has also included direct-line Family Tree examples and an opportunity for you to commission your own Family Tree!
Deb graduated from MSU with a BA in Graphic Design then worked in the advertising industry for several years. She freelanced after that creating logos, annual reports, commissioned art, and even wedding cakes (some more successful than others) and owned a Latte Cart! Deb has been focusing on calligraphy and incorporating it in all aspects of her art for 20+ years. She continues to create greeting cards and calendars for The Printery House with her calligraphy and illustrations. Deb enjoys sharing her love for calligraphy and art through teaching.
ENCAUSTIC PAINTING INTRO
Saturday — February 17th
Session A: 9am-1pm • Session B: 2pm-6pm
$65 includes all materials with enough to take home two finished pieces.
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.
Saturday — March 3
$70 includes all materials. No experience necessary.
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 prints and fine quality cards in your own personal creative style.
INTRO TO CALLIGRAPHY — FULL
Saturday — March 10
$70 includes materials.
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, participants will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks, and papers! We will study “Unical” — one of the most recognized lettering styles. You keep your writing materials! Participants will learn how to make a single signature alphabet book as part of their final project.
CONTINUING CALLIGRAPHY — ROMANS
Mondays, March 12- April 16
$75 for 12 hours instruction
We’re going to tackle ROMAN Capitals, in traditional and drawn Versal forms, perhaps even Roman lower case if we have time. We’ll experiment with using different papers, focusing on correct forms and layout designs. We’ll make a Dos-A-Dos book with our pieces!
Previous Calligraphy experience and pre-registration required. Typical calligraphy supplies needed, we’ll talk about optional supplies in the first class.