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.
March Featured Artist
Join us as we celebrate the combined creativity of our staff with a reception on March 9th from 5pm-7pm
This month we are proud to feature the art of our employees. We are all at different levels and have different styles and different mediums. But mostly just really love being creative, making and appreciating art. Please stop in and enjoy seeing that we know what we are doing.
Martha Johnson, one of the owners, has been scribbling on paper for a number of years. More recently using her camera to create, rather then a brush. It is color, texture and emotion that inspires her the most.
Deb Parsons-Menke, the second owner, is a calligrapher and a member of Big Sky Scribes. She is inspired by personal stories and memories because the words carry so much meaning.
Christina Homer, our Lead Framer and resident encaustic expert, has her fingers in everything. She is inspired by color and texture, sound and movement.
Naomi Selzer, is an endless pool of creativity. We carry her jewelry line, Not Your Grandma’s Jewelry, and have loved watching her experiment with different art mediums, most recently watercolors. She finds nature as her greatest inspiration.
Alissa Sinclair, with a degree in Art Education, has taken on teaching a number of classes for us, the next one being Basic Drawing. She spends her time painting and print making. She loves experimenting with different materials, and finding inspiration in the things around her.
Elaina Smith is our youngest employee, still in high school she studies art every chance she gets. She is inspired by abstracts, loves working in acrylics, and especially is drawn to making portraits of people surrounded by flora and fauna.
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.
Thursdays, April 12th- April 26th
This is a great beginning class. It will walk you through the Elements of Drawing to kick start your creative gears. Covering topics such as composition, line, space/shape, value, and perspective. If you have been wanting to get started in art this is a great place to start.