400 Euclid Avenue - The Lundy Center
Helena, MT 59601 | 406.442.2760
qcity.framing.art@gmail.com
OPEN Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday closed

About Us

Queen City Framing & Art Supplies was opened in the fall of 2016 in Helena, Montana by Deb Parsons and Martha Johnson. They wanted to provide the community with a store dedicated to providing quality products and knowledgeable, attentive customer service.

Martha has over two decades of framing experience and training in the various methods of mounting prints, paintings, and photos as well as unique delicate items, memorabilia 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!

Queen City Framing & Art Supplies - Arts & Crafts

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:

Products

  • Drawing Pencils & Markers
  • Oils/Acrylics/Watercolors
  • Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
  • Painting Easels
  • Artists’ Brushes
  • Sketch Books
  • Painting & Drawing papers
  • Art Instruction Books
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • And More!

Services

  • Design Consulting
  • Custom Framing
  • Shadow Boxes
  • Dry Mounting
  • Shrink-Wrapping
  • Mat Cutting
  • Art Classes
  • Calligraphy
  • And More!

Please check out our Facebook page for photos of finished projects, current specials and upcoming classes!

Gallery Wall

Project Gallery

A GALLERY WALL in your home adds Personality, Interest and a Story!

Creating a gallery wall is a perfect way to make a big personal impact at home. It is an opportunity to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Whether you want to add some personality in your living room or make a blank staircase come alive, a gallery wall can be a fun way for you to showcase favorite items.

Classes

Classes Available!

We are tentatively scheduling classes knowing that things may change quickly for us. Should we need to cancel class for any reason Full Refunds will be Given, prorated for classes already attended. By registering you agree to follow all Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

Intro to Watercolor Painting | $65

How do you know where to start…

Thursdays, Sept 10, 17, 24
5:30-7:30PM

Through demonstrations, practice, and instruction, participants will become familiar with different watercolor techniques and processes. Alissa Heaton will cover the basics and help you become more confident in painting with watercolor!

Some Materials Provided

MATERIALS NEEDED: Watercolors (tubes preferred-12 count), Round/Flat/Wash/Mop Brushes, Watercolor 140lbs Paper 9×12, Palette, Container, Pencil

Color Theory & Mixing | $65

Dive into color confidence for any media!

Thursdays, Oct 15, 22, 29
5:30-7:30PM

Learn how colors work together and how to create the colors you want! Alissa Heaton will breakdown the color wheel and look at how to find the perfect neutrals for any project in your media of choice.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Your Paints, Brushes, Palette, Palette Knife, Color Wheel, Basic Painting Materials, Notebook, Pencil/Pen

Refine your Style | $75

A continuing calligraphy course about DESIGN!

Mondays, Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12
5:30-7:30PM

Deborah Parsons-Menke will start the class with your handwriting and refining your favorite calligraphy hand, then go thru design exercises to get your creativity flowing to develop your own consistent style. We will also do some trials with unique, unusual “tools” to tweak our favorite fonts!

Some Materials Provided

BRING FROM HOME: Typical calligraphy supplies. Gouache – your choice 2 or so colors. Some good papers at least 9×12 suggest Strathmore 500 Aquarius, Rives BFK or similar Vellum finish cotton paper

Oil Painting 201 | $75

Improving your approach to Oil Painting — with local artist Jean McLean!

Tuesdays, Sept 22, 29, Oct 6
10AM-3PM

The emphasis for this class will be on composition and design. We will incorporate the concept of Notan (recommended that participants read about Notan online prior to class. As we learn how to improve our paintings through good design, we will deal with edges, value, color temperature, and color intensity.

MATERIALS LIST: 4 Canvas Panels (8×10 or 9×12), Palette, Brushes, Apron, Paper Towels and Paints. Oil Colors of your choice but at a minimum—Titanium White, a red, a blue, and a yellow, and Ivory Black, Sketch Pad, 2B Pencil, a Color Wheel. A few of your own photos you might like to paint.

Coptic Bound Sketch Journal | $75

Learn this amazing stitch for making book with Paul Backlund

Saturday Sept 29
10AM-5PM

Through demonstrations and instruction, participants will assemble and stitch a multi-signature book using Coptic Stitch. Choose your favorite hand-made paper for your cover! We will learn another simple stitch if time allows.

Some Materials Supplied

MATERIALS NEEDED: 1 Sheet Solid Color Cover Stick at least 11×14 (Canson), 1 Sheet Decorative Paper and at least 11×14 (Shizen), Bone Folder, Scissors, Metal Edge Ruler, Pencil, Exacto Knife.
Optional: Cutting Mat

Black & White Sketching | $47

Basic Techniques to Improve Your Skills!

Tues and Thurs Oct 6 & 8
5:30-7:30PM

You will learn several shading techniques to create depth & texture with fine line micron pens! Grace Johnson will direct you through a series of exercises involving line quality, shading, and form. Learn how to develop your drawings with purpose.

MATERIALS NEEDED: 9×12 Sketchbook, 3pc Micron Pigma Set, Vinyl Eraser, 3H Pencil.

Encaustic Painting Intro | $75

Learn the methods of painting with pigmented wax. Create two of your own pieces!

Saturday Oct 10
1PM-5PM

Encaustic is a heated wax-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface which flourished in Ancient Greco-Roman Egypt.

Pat Trafton will guide you through this unique art mediums, covering basic supplies, materials and exploring some of the primary methods of application. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED.

On Site Sketching | $35

Sketching tips & tricks for drawing ‘in the moment’ on site

Saturday Oct 17
10AM-1PM

Learn some tips and tricks for On-Site Sketching! We will learn how to decide what to draw and how to capture details when things keep moving. Using a variety of drawing mediums, Alissa Heaton will work with you to create sketches that capture your location whether traveling or just in your backyard!

MATERIALS NEEDED: Pencils – at least two Hs and three Bs and a Sketch-n-Wash, Multi-Media Sketchbook, Travel Water Brush, Micron Pigma Pens .05 or smaller in Black, Green, Brown and Red.
Optional: Watercolor Pencils or Markers, Travel Watercolor Palette, Colored Pencils

Safety Protocols for attending classes:

  1. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 or been in contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive within the last two weeks, then you agree not to attend class. A full refund will be given for classes not attended.
  2. You agree to wear a mask properly at all times during class. That means covering the nose and mouth and not lifting it up. Breathing breaks can be taken periodically by going outside of the building.
  3. Should we be required or choose to cancel classes for any reason, a refund will be given for those classes.
  4. Classes will be held in the court of the Lundy Center. Social distancing must be observed at all times and the need to provide a pathway for customers of other businesses is necessary.
  5. If you are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing and would need accommodations from the teacher please contact the store and ask for Martha.

Covid-19 Information

Updated on august 17th

In an effort to keep ourselves and our customers safe and comply with the mandates of Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services and the CDC’s guidelines, the following measures are being instituted instore and the compliance of all guests and staff is needed to keep us all healthy.

Protective Measures

*Customers and staff are required to wear face masks.
*If you have a fever or symptoms of Covid-19, do not enter.
*Maintain at least 6 feet between you and others!
*Staff will enforce social distancing of a least 6’.
*Use hand sanitizer upon entering and after touching merchandise. Sanitizer is available.
*We encourage non-cash payments.
*Doors and POS surfaces will be sanitized at least 3 times per day.
*Staff displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed to work.
*Staff have access to hand sanitizer and regularly wash their hands. They are required to take reasonable steps to comply with CDC and Montana DPH guidelines.
*We will happily be providing curbside and contactless delivery outside our store to anyone who prefers it please email or call us and we will gather everything you need together with clean hands for pickup.
*We will happily take in you framing projects by walk-in, by appointment, or as a drop-off for virtual design.
*Some delays maybe expecting in receiving shipments on custom work, or special order items.

Thanks for your understanding and helping us maintain a safe environment as we all navigate this new reality that we now live in. Stay safe and let’s all take care of each other.

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