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!
Call For Art
“Inktober” Art Show
Queen City Framing & Art Supplies invites artists currently living in Montana to submit artwork for a juried show this October! In keeping with the social media designation of October as ‘Inktober’, all art for this show must incorporate INK in some way while keeping with this year’s theme A Few of My Favorite Things. The show will be up during the month of October 2019! Deadline for submissions is September 4th. Contact us for more details, deadlines, and instructions below.
- Theme – A Few of My Favorite Things
- Art MUST incorporate ink as a primary element
- Art must be framed in a professional manner, overall size to be no larger than about 16” x 20”
- Art must have been completed within the last 2 years
- Subject matter must fit the theme and be ‘family friendly’
- Art must be for sale – QCF&AS keeps 30% commission
- Up to 2 pieces may be submitted by artist – there is no submission fee
- A $75 Gift Certificate from QCF&AS for BEST OF SHOW as voted on by the public during show.
- A $75 Gift Certificate from QCF&AS for Judges Choice.
August Artists of the Month
Reception August 9th, 5pm – 7pm
My love for art started young. It pushed me to get my degree in Art, Elementary Education, and Art Education from Northwestern College and seek a workspace in which I can be creative every day. My creativity is greatly inspired by nature and my southwestern roots. This series on tiny birds was one that I have used to practice a subject that I don’t primarily paint while working with a medium that is not my primary medium. Although I prefer oil painting, watercolor has given me the ability to paint while moving and living in smaller spaces. The idea to paint birds came when looking at tiny frames and thinking that little, fat birds would be adorable in little frames. I chose some birds that I loved, some that are found in Montana, and some that I knew would put my skills to the test. Working on these birds has also been a way to study them and think of ways to add birds to bigger projects in the future.
Events & Classes
Calligraphy Style – “Edana”
Mondays – September 9,16,23 5:30pm-7:30pm 6HRS $60
This is a fun bookhand developed by Deb Parsons Menke combining Roman miniscules and Uncial. This class is for those who have taken some previous calligraphy and would like to learn another style! Materials provided, bring typical calligraphy supplies.
Intro to Calligraphy – Uncial
Wednesdays – September 11, 18, 25 10am-Noon 6HRS $70
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, you will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks, papers and how to practice! This class is for beginners as well as those who may have taken some previous calligraphy years ago or want to learn a new style! Materials provided with a small list to bring from home.
Intro to Watercolor Painting
Saturday – September 14 10am-5pm 6HRS $60
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, you will become familiar with different watercolor techniques and processes. We will cover the basics and help you become more confident in painting with watercolor! Discount on supplies in store.
Watercolor Painting from Photos
Thursday – September 19 5:30pm-7:30pm 2HRS $20
Learn tips and tricks for turning photos into paintings! We’ll look at hose to adjust color, where to add detail, and where to simplify. We will also discuss what makes a good photo to paint and what does not. Materials needed are basic watercolor supplies and a photo to paint.
Encaustic Wax-based Painting Intro
Saturday – September 21 10am-3pm 4HRS $65
We will cover basic supplies, safety, and materials and explore some of the primary methods of application. All materials are included! Participants will be guided to completing 2 pieces in their own personal style!
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!
Wednesdays – 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.
More Encaustic Techniques
Saturday – November 2 10am-3pm 4HRS $65
Expand your knowledge of this wax-based painting medium! We will work toward completing two projects incorporating photos and found objects. We will also try building texture and infilling. Some materials provided with a discount on supplies in store, and please bring different objects from around the house to incorporate in your art.
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.