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!
BUY ART THAT YOU LOVE!!
You should always choose art that you love, not something that happens to have the same color scheme as your room. When you feel emotionally connected to your art, you will be happy to see it each time you pass by. You could even buy art just because it makes you smile. When art means something to you, it is so much more satisfying than pieces you buy simply to fill a space.
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.
February Artists of the Month
Pat Trafton & Christina Homer
Visions in Encaustic
Reception February 8th 5-7
When I moved to Montana 47 years ago, I felt surrounded by nature and spirituality.
In high school I had an art teacher from France, and he taught me to see thing differently, especially color. While in Helena, I became aware of artist Susan Sedden Boulet’s work that combines nature, dreams, vision and the spiritual realm. As a therapist, I work with these issues often, and they influence my artwork. One year ago, I took an encaustic art class which allowed me to do multilevel work expression my beliefs and exploring color and texture.
When I was given the opportunity to learn encaustic painting a couple years ago, I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back!
The process of painting with encaustics is a meditation for me; the warmth, luminosity, and the lovely smells of melting beeswax and resin is a soothing and immersive experience.
Intro to Watercolor 6HRS/$60
Saturday, March 2nd
Through demonstrations, practice, and instruction, 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!
MATERIALS PROVIDED: masking fluid, handouts, and various mediums.
SUPPLY LIST: Palette, mop brush (3/4” or 1”), 1 round brush (#6-10), 1 round brush (#0-4), 1 flat wash brush (1/2”-1”), Watercolor Tubes (12-24 set of Art Creation or similar colors).
MORE Encaustic Techniques! 4HRS/$65
Saturday – March 9th
Using skills learned in Intro to Encaustics, students will expand their knowledge of methods, techniques and materials to allow greater freedom of expression in this dynamic medium! Participants will work on completing two pieces. Some materials provided – 8×10 panel, medium, slick wax, tool.
MATERIALS NEEDED: Bring your Encaustic tools/brushes/etc, a photocopy of an image of choice – within an 8×10 size, a minimum of 4 Encaustic colors, a painting panel any size up to 11×14, small found object(s) such as dried flowers, beads, etc.
Watercolor II 6HRS/$65
Saturday – March 30th
We will expand on common watercolor techniques and introduce new techniques! Learn how to assess common issues and how to fix them. Along with techniques, we will go over color mixing, compositions and constructive critiques, while striving to complete at least one finished painting.
Supply list will be sent to participants. Some materials provided.