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.
We’re raising money this year to support Family Promise of Greater Helena.
A great organization that supports homeless families and assists in getting them back on their feet quickly. www.familypromisehelena.org
$5 for your choice of Holiday wrapping/poster paper. 100% of the money is donated to Family Promise.
December Artist of the Month
Reception December 14 from 5-7pm
Darrell Davis is an award winning Helena artist. Davis’s greatest influence is the northwest wilderness, which overwhelmed him with the desire to capture it on canvas. And, after moving to Helena in the early ’90s, the “Last Best Place” has provided the background for most of his wildlife paintings.
Years of going out into the woods before dawn and returning after sunset have also given Davis a love for the moody light and shadow these times. “The atmosphere of the morning and evening hours lends a kind of drama or romance to the scene.”
He is the winner of number state and national awards, with his art feature on a number of stamps featuring waterfowl, and trout. Come and enjoy some new and old works on display this month and meet the artist at his reception on the fourteenth.
Encaustic Painting Intro Workshop 4 HRS/$65
Saturday – January 12th or February 9th
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. Participants will be guided in completing 2 pieces in their own personal creative style.
Beginning Drawing 6 HRS/$48
Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31
You will learn about the various types of pencils and drawing mediums!
Alissa Sinclair will direct you through a series of exercises involving line quality, shading, and form. Learn how to practice drawing what you see!
Materials Needed: 9”x12” Sketchbook, a variety of pencils – 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B; a couple charcoal pencils, kneaded eraser, vinyl white eraser, pencil sharpener. Participants will get a discount on supplies for the class.
Acrylic Textures and Mediums 2HRS/$55
Monday, February 11th
Includes a sample kit of Golden Mediums to take home!
Have you ever wanted to try acrylic mediums without having to buy every kind? 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.
MOST MATERIALS INCLUDED: Acrylic canvas paper, various mediums, knife.
BRING FROM HOME: Acrylic Paint of your choice (at least 2 colors), Flat and/or Filbert paint brush.
Intro to Calligraphy – UNCIAL 6HRS/$70
Saturday – February 23rd
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, participants will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks, papers and how to practice! We will study the UNCIAL style. This class is for beginners as well as those who have taken some previous calligraphy and would like to learn another style!
MATERIALS PROVIDED: Lightweight drawing board, handouts and exemplars, practice paper, eraser, a handle and nibs, ink, gouache paint to try out, good paper and all supplies for final book project. 1 hr for lunch.
BRING FROM HOME: sharp pencil (mechanical one works well), container for water, long metal-edged ruler, exacto knife,1/2 full roll of paper towels.
POINTED Brush & PAINTED Backgrounds 12HRS/$95
All Levels Thursdays, February 28th—April 4th
Learn to letter with a pointed brushes (rounds) and brush markers! We will also explore background techniques in watercolor and acrylics, as well as paste paper and more. We’ll complete a soft cover book with painted pages as well as some backgrounds ready for lettering or your own art medium.
Pre-registration required. Materials list will be sent. Some materials included.
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.