400 Euclid Avenue - The Lundy Center
Helena, MT 59601 | 406.442.2760
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!


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
  • Oils/Acrylics/Watercolors
  • Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
  • Painting Easels
  • Artists’ Brushes
  • Sketch Books
  • Painting & Drawing papers
  • Art Instruction Books
  • Block Printing
  • Kids’ Art Supplies

  • Grab & Go Art Boxes

  • Gifts and More!


  • 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

Framing 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.

In-Person or Virtual Design Available for Framing

We love to see your smiling …eyes, but we understand that not everyone is comfortable with coming into retail stores right now. So we would like to offer our virtual design services. Just call or email us to set up a time for dropping off your artwork and we can get back to you with 3-4 design ideas to get the process started.


Grab & Go Art!

Boxes ready to mail, wrap… or try yourself!

Grab & Go Art boxes packed full of exciting products to give, or to supplement your own art supply collection. Your box includes 5-7 full size premium art products at a nice savings, a ‘What’s In the Box’ menu describing each product with Pro Tips… and a couple of surprises! Supplement them with other supplies to create a truly special gift.


Limited Time Grab & Go Boxes

Each month we will be releasing different themed art boxes. Check out social media for the latest surprises on what we are featuring each month. Valentines for February, Easter Eggs in March, calligraphy, monotype printmaking…you never know what kind of artsy treasures we might bring you each month.


$25 Boxes

The Watercolor Art Box at this level is great for students just getting started. With a twelve-color pan twist paint set, a palette for mixing, a couple watercolor pencils, and watercolor brush pen, there is plenty to start exploring this versatile medium. Also contains blank watercolor postcards, a brush, and some surprises.

The Drawing Art Box is a perfect start for any aspiring artist. This box includes much of what is needed to get started sketching and creating. Contains Derwent Academy Sketching Pencils, a Sketchbook, Kneaded Eraser, General’s Carbon Sketching Pencil, a Tombow Mono Eraser Pen and more.

$35 Boxes

The Pastels Art Box gives one the chance to experiment with different ways this versatile medium can be used. In pencil form, as soft pastels, or compressed sticks … create and experiment to discover how each pastel performs. Which will become a favorite? Contains a set of General’s Multi-Pastel Compressed Chalk, a set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels, a Conte Pastel Pencil, Sofft Art Sponges, Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper, and a Pigma Micron Pen.

The Calligraphy Art Box is designed for the beginner, to introduce them to pen lettering in a simpler way. It contains “Elementary Alphabets” by Ross F. George that introduces four different styles; Roman, Gothic, Manuscript and Text. Follow along with the book as you explore the different tools included in the box and before long you will be creating beautiful hand written pieces. Papers, pens and inks are all included.

The Watercolor Art Box at this level differs from the others in that it offers tube paints instead of pans. The ability to take wet paint directly from the tube can change how one uses it to paint. Once dried in the palette it can be treated just like pan watercolors. Contains 8 Talens Watercolor tubes, two brushes, a palette, pencil, eraser, 5×7 watercolor pad, and a few little surprises.

The Charcoal Art Box contains the supplies needed to branch out into another drawing medium and discover the beauty and intensity of this with willows, pencils and sticks along with fun tools. Contains a variety of Nitram Charcoal Willows and General’s Charcoal and Pastel Chalk Pencils, Lead Pointer, and a beautiful lay-flat sketchbook.

$45 Boxes

The Printmaking Art Box is a perfect small format introduction into making carved block prints with all the tools needed to create an art series! Great for making a subtly different prints, or cards for all those who might want it. Give printmaking a try with Speedball tools, including a brayer, handle with three blades, three different types of carving blocks, Speedball block printing inks, and 5×7 Strathmore Printmaking Paper.

The Acrylic Art Box contains two fun acrylic mediums to test out and play with. There is so much that can be done with these paint additives, this is a great way to introduce mediums to the artist’s toolbox. Plus 3 different acrylic paints, and more tools! Contains two Golden Acrylic Mediums, three different Acrylic Paints including a Golden Fluid, Painting Knife, brushes, Color Mixing Guide, Ampersand Smooth Panel and Winsor & Newton Artists’ Canvas Board.

The Casein Paint Art Box is a great set for anyone who paints! Casein has the wash capabilities of watercolor, the opacity of tempera and gouache, and the rich textures of oils and acrylics. Introduce yourself to this versatile paint that cleans up with water yet dries water resistant. Contains a “What is Casein?” handout, three Jack Richeson Casein Paints, Black Magic Ink, three brushes, Ampersand Claybord, and a Jack Richeson Toned Gessoed Hardboard.

The Watercolor Art Box at this level includes an 18-color half pan Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box with a removable palette, a 4×6 pad of Fluid 100 watercolor paper and a couple of different brushes including a #6 round medium water brush. Also contains two sponges, pencil, eraser, and a sampling of surfaces for experiment painting on.

The Perfect Gift

These “tasty” go boxes are all ready for you to grab and mail or wrap for gift giving… or treat yourself! Each one has a fun variety of full-size art supplies related to its theme and fun little surprise extras related to its theme. An easy way to try new tools, mediums or colors. Ready to pick up now.

*Colors in each box are assorted, coordinated and are not exchangeable. These sets are designed for ages 13 to 100. We have more for younger kids available in store.


Back to Basics – DRAWING & SKETCHING | $60

September 14, 21, and 28 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Deb Parsons Menke

You will learn about various types of pencils and drawing mediums! We will try a series of exercises involving line quality, shading, and form. Learn how to practice drawing what you see and techniques for creating dynamic sketches & finished drawings. Drawing is a skill you can learn at any age!

Some Materials Included, Supply list available in the store, 10% discount for the class.

Acrylic Painting for Everyone | $75

September 20, 21, 27, 28 4:00-6:00pm
Instructor: Jay Crider, twice Voted Helena’s Best Artist

So, you’ve always wanted to try acrylics… or you have dabbled before, but feel you need a bit more professional guidance, this class is the one for you! Where do you start with the design, how to mix the right color, when is it done? All these questions and more will be answered. Bring what you are working on, or start fresh in this class.

Materials list available in the store, 10% discount on what is purchased for the class.

Introductory Watercolor Painting | $70

September 24, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Alissa Heaton

Through demonstrations 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!

Some Materials Supplied, a list is available instore and a 10% discount for what is needed for the class.

PERFORM GOTHIC MAGIC – with the Parallel Pen

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Deb Parsons Menke

A continuing calligraphy course; we will be experimenting with Parallel Pens – as well as regular chisel edge nibs – as we study modern versions of Fraktur and Pointed Gothic Italic. Loosening up our Blackletter, these delicious letters will ooze from your pen. Our emphasis will be on unique layouts and playing with color! 10% discount on supplies needed for the class.

A Modern Approach to Painting with Gouache & Casein | $75

October 1st, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Jean McLean

These water-based paints have the wash capabilities of watercolor, and the richer texture of oils. Both paints dry quickly to a velvety finish, and Casein becomes ‘waterproof’ lending itself to some unique techniques! We will be able to complete a painting or two and try various techniques. Whether used alone or as under painting for your oils, these paints deserve a place on your palette!

Materials list is available in store with a 10% discount for the class.

Mini Books & Coffee | $45

October 5 10am-Noon
Instructor: Deb Parsons Menke

Bring a friend for coffee at The Red Atlas and enjoy making two different Mini Books – one ribbon bound and one sewn—both with beautiful handmade paper covers. You’ll learn some skills to be able to make more on your own. Simple enough to do over a cup of coffee!

All materials included.

Explore More WATERCOLORS | $80

October 6, 11, & 13 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Alissa Heaton

In this class we will be exploring more watercolor techniques as well as the process of mixing our won professional quality watercolor paints from pure natural ground pigments and honey! We will work on creating a finished painting and have fun with color experiments.

Pigment materials supplied, there is a 10% discount for other supplies needed for the class.

Intro to Calligraphy | $80

October 15 10am-5pm
Instructor: Deb Parsons Menke

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 precious calligraphy years ago and would like a refresher course. We will be learning the historic UNCIAL style and making an alphabet book!

Materials supplied, with a list of things to bring from home.

Block Printing like a Boss | $105

October 18 & 20 5:00-8:00pm
Instructors: Jim Schulz and Alissa Heaton

These two experienced artists will guide you through the block print making process from carving your blocks to ink and paper choices. Design issues will be discussed, working with multiple runs and colors. We will work on a soft carve and a linoleum plate. Fun will be had!

Some materials provided, with a 10% discount on the rest.

Inspire Envelope Envy | $45

November 3 1-4pm
Instructor: Deb Parsons Menke

Learn how to make your ‘snail mail’ envelopes something they will be excited to receive! We will create beautiful envelopes, exploring layout, colors, techniques and even making our own. We will also do just a little brush lettering and ‘stamp matching’ for inspiration.

Some materials supplied.

Secret Belgian Book Binding | $60

November 5 10am-5pm
Instructor: Alissa Heaton

In this class we will learn to make and sew multiple signatures into a beautiful, decorative hard cover book. Using book board, decorative papers, waxed thread and a little paste we will create a fun and unique book to use for sketching or journaling or even for gifting to someone special.

Most materials provided, and a 10% discount on the few remaining supplies.

ARTVENTURE Wall Décor | $60

November 15 5:00-8:00pm
Instructor: Alissa Heaton

Create a large and unique wall décor piece with this dark stained wood ‘polygonal puzzle’ kit. Alissa will guide you thru the steps and showcase some fun variations to personalize the finished piece for you and your style. Choose from a selection of designs – finished sizes are about 20”x30” and make a dramatic statement on your wall.

Materials supplied – just bring scissors and a glue stick.

Covid-19 Information

Updated on April 15th, 2022

The health and safety of our customers and staff continue to be a top priority for us. Wearing masks at this point is the choice of the individual but we will continue to monitor the case counts for Covid-19 in our state and county and decide from there whether or not we need to change our policy. For now, however, we will be holding events and teaching classes and adhering to the policies or our teachers and maintaining smaller class sizes. Things may change quickly and will be posted at our door when they do.

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