River Muse Art Gallery & Studio...where creativity flows.

229 John St, Clayton NY.

(315) 285-5162

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NOW IN OUR SECOND YEAR OF BUSINESS!

Meet Our Artists

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Joan Applebaum

Gateway

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Joan Applebaum’s colorful paintings of Upstate New York have been  in galleries and shows throughout New York State.

Her recent move to the coastal town of Lewes, Delaware has provided new inspiration. Its quaint architecture and scenic beaches beg to be painted.

Joan maintains a studio at her home base in Lewes and at her camp in the Indian River Lakes.



Acrylic, Watercolor and Textile Painting

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Joan maintains a studio at her home base in Lewes and at her

Joan’s exhibits have included solo shows at SUNY Oswego Tyler Art Gallery Downtown, The Sackets Harbor Arts Center, Delavan Art Gallery, the Adirondack Centers for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake and Old Forge, the Community Arts Council Gallery in Utica and several locations in Syracuse and surrounding areas.


Anna no 2.

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Joan holds memberships in the following art organizations: Rehoboth Art League, CNY Branch National League of American Pen Women, and the Arts Association of Northern New York. This I showed Joan's second season showing at River Muse Art Gallery and Studio.  

See more of Joan's work at Windy Hill Studio

Susan Berry

Fused Glass, Lampwork

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Susan Berry has been a glass artist for over 30 years and a fourth generation summer resident on the River. The St. Lawrence River region inspires her to create designs that reflect the beauty and interests of the area.  Be it fishing, boating or the historic structures that line the River, the images can be created in glass“  

See more of Susan's work at Jagged Edge
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Jan Byington

Quintessence

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Oil, Watercolor and Plein Air Painting

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Drawing since childhood, always observant of nature, Jan’s interest in the biological sciences lead to a career as a Licensed Medical Technologist. Moving from Cape Cod to Maryland in 1975 she seized the opportunity to study traditional oil painting in the studio of Bob Browne, an artist instructed by Jacques Maroger (Flemish, 1884-1962.) With a young family in 1986 Jan relocated to the Thousand Islands and took classes in drawing and painting both in oil from New York artists Hans Junga and Alan Tuttle and watercolors from Ontario artist Henry Vyfyinkel. In 2009, Jan became a founding member of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region. Other influences are Old Masters, David Caspar Friedrich, Maxfield Parrish, and John Constable.



See more of Jan's work here
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Bill Christopherson

Illustration, Oil, Watercolor and Plein Air Painting

William Christopherson, Watertown, N.Y.,  studied art and art history at Syracuse University and SUN

William (Bill) resides in Watertown, N.Y., and  studied art and art history at Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry  while earning his degree in Landscape Architecture in the 1970’s. Inspired by the works of Impressionist artists including Degas, Winslow Homer, and Monet.  Christopherson has captured the experiences of the places he has worked and travelled through in his artworks. Always  changing and adapting,  his works have evolved to reflect more impressionist  techniques. Employing  movement, color, and emotional rendering  of the world around us today.   Many of his recent artworks can be found online at Christopherson Studio. 

See more of Bill's work here
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Kim Connor

Glass Artist, Multi Media

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River Muse welcomes Clayton based artist Kim Conner to our ranks for the 2019 season! 

Kim has been creating art since she was a preschooler. Her mother filled the days with hours of painting, cutting paper and gluing many art projects over the years. Early on Conner began to see herself as an artist and continued her love of art throughout all her school years. An artist lover of the natural world of sun, wind, color and shapes and their relationship with each other comes  from living close to nature and growing up boating on the St. Lawrence River, skiing in the winters and playing outside through all the changing seasons of Upstate New York. Conner witnessed how the elements of the changing seasons brought a passion to her art making.

Conner first developed her idea of stained-glass wind chimes in 2016. Inspired by a visit to her Mom one weekend in 2008, they decided to tackle a wind chime project. Together they went to the art store for colorful glass beads and string and then onto the hardware store to buy all the other needed supplies to assemble the wind chime. The wind chime was challenging to assemble but the result was pleasing as it turned out well and it delighted and mesmerized them both by its beauty! Holding a warm memory in Conner’s heart to this day! Conner’s Mom died two years ago, and she believes her she is the continued inspiration behind her creating stained glass wind chimes today. For her mom was the love, light and support in Conner’s art making. 

Stained Glass is a medium she had been drawn to since 1980’s. The stunning colors of stained glass would make beautiful and elegant wind chimes. Light passing through producing dancing colors right before your eyes an energy enhancing effect transforming a room or outside space giving it beauty.  Meditation pieces for relaxation or simply to find peace and joy throughout the day as you gaze at and are transported into another world of twinkling colorful wind chimes and glass beads.

A Studio Art Major at Potsdam State University. Conner received Art honors in 1971 and 1973. For Art pieces created in both High School and College. In 2000 - 2004, Associate Director for Studio Pardes in Oak Park, Il. Studio Pardes was founded by Artist Pat B. Allen, author of Art is A Way of Knowing and Art is a Spiritual Path. The Pardes studio process simple engagement with drawing, painting and sculpture. Studio Process consists of forming an intention as a guide to art making and writing a witness to the art. Over many years Conner has taught many mandala classes and art classes for both children and adults. Created posters for theater and dance, stained glass installments and paintings for homes. 

See more of Kim's work here
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Brian Fleig

Wood working, furniture design

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After setting out in early 2018 to teach myself woodwork and going broke buying tools I found out I'm pretty fair at it. More importantly though I discovered my real passion, if not talent, is the art that goes into finishing it. Of the few tricks up my sleeve my favorite is Epoxy art. Whether it's colored with paint and other additives to look like natural stone or just a clear epoxy over a beautiful exotic wood grain nothing is better at making a table top stand out. 

See more of Brian's work here
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Sharon Hughto

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Acrylic and Textile Painting

 

After  discovering her talent for portraying landscapes, and for creating art  that incorporates her unique sense of images that surround her, Sharon  Hughto opened Boathouse Studio on the shores of Lake Ontario on Pillar  Point in Dexter, NY. The joy of working in acrylics is the essence of  her art. It shines right through in her work using color and texture.  Friendly and outgoing, Sharon loves to talk about her painting process.  Visit her work art River Muse and other local galleries as well as her  website. 

See more of Sharon's work here
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Valerie Kubera

Irvine Bay

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Art Quilt mounted on frame

Fiber Arts

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Valerie has worn many hats in her life. The ones that feed her soul are the ones that say artist and author. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t either writing or drawing or doing both at the same time.  Always interested in new ways to express herself, she took a quilting class from the Mennonites in Lancaster County, PA, and she has created with fabric ever since.  About eight years ago she put her penchant for drawing the wildlife and landscapes of the St. Lawrence River together with quilting. Val uses fabric as another artist might use oils or acrylics or watercolors. When done, she quilts the result.

Val is a native of Syracuse currently splitting time between Watertown and Wolfe Island, Ontario. 

See more of Valerie's work here

Just The Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

 Art Quilt mounted on frame 

Hope Marshall

Digital Art | Photography | Encaustics | Poetry |

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I l live in Clayton, NY and am eternally grateful for this life in the Garden of The Great Spirit. I am originally from Canada and have been raising my daughters since the   turn of the Millennium in the United States. It is best to honor this ancient land and the ancestors. I derive great inspiration from all lines of my heritage.  Irish, Welsh, Dutch, German,  First Nation Haudenosaunee – Mohawk – Turtle Clan. I follow a long trail of Peace makers and I stride the red
and purple path in tandem. Blessed are we that find glory in the Bee  Niá:wen, Go Raibh Maith Agat, Gratias Tibi 


  Transcending Ego  
Art is about sharing your soul.  It is passion, temptation,  a storm.
Art is a fountain of adventure.
Rushing water with a welcome fascination.
Art is a vessel within our orbit.
It is devotion, memory,
A new beginning.
Art is nurturing new talent,
It is confidence emerging.
A personal portrait of
Light and life, night and day.
Painting with the camera where Buddha sat.
Art is a bird singing after a storm.
It is looking at you
for renewal of inspiration,
A fine view.  
Art is harmony and balance with
just a glimpse of magic.
It is winter; spring, summer and fall,
A stream of unity bridging into the white open.
Art is freedom,
It is blue water of frozen lake,
Sky, unseen and waiting for morning glow and sunrise.  Golden beauty of Mary Laughing. Art is love and it transcends ego.  

Click to see Hope's work
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Garrett McCarthy

Fireworks Over Boldt Castle

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Muralist, Oil & Plein Air Painting

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Garrett McCarthy paints with vivid colors, emphasizing a strong light source to highlight elements within each scene. 

McCarthy, received his BFA in Fine Art from the  University of Massachusetts and further advanced his studies at Exeter  College of Art on southwestern England. His mural work for restaurants,  banks, and even Atlantis in the Bahamas - have remained on display since  their installation over the years. 

He resides in Henderson, NY in an old church structure which serves as his studio & loft.

See more of Garrett's work here
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Suzan McDermott

Photography, Digital/Graphic Art, Mixed Media

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Suzan’s photography, digital art and mixed media work represents the diversity of medium and the mixing of photography and digital art in her work. She attempts to depict the images she sees in the world around her with a sense of depth, movement and texture; often there is a fanciful and imaginative element to her work. Suzan believes that we all see and interpret the world through the filters of our personal story, and her art is an imaginative exploration of the world she lives in.  Suzan is a native of Kingwood, TX, where from an early age she was drawn to any form of creativity be it drawing, acting in the local theater, writing poetry, or taking pictures. Suzan arrived in Upstate New York 20 years ago and was hooked almost at once by the beauty of the area. Bravura Photography came into being in 2008 and was inspired by Suzan’s first image titled “Bravura” to be juried into the Remington Art Museums Members’ Juried Exhibit. Suzan continues to create and show her work in various mediums.  Suzan’s award-winning works include Best in Show at the Frederick Remington Museum Member Juried Show in 2015 for her digital art piece titled Urbanization. 

Click here for Suzan's work
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Julie Shoemaker

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Julie Shoemaker of Julie's Backyard Pottery.

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I consider myself and artist of many mediums. Outside of a few classes, I am a self taught potter. I learned the basics from a professional, local instructors, and I have expanded through trail and error. I like to create functional pottery that is unique and personal. The process involves not only making the piece itself but finishing with decorate underglaze and glazes. Most of my pieces are from my own recipes and are all food safe unless noted on the piece. 

See more of Julie's work here
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Cheryl Simeone

Acrylic, Oil and Plein Air Painting

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My genre of painting is Modern Impressionism both in studio and Plein Air.  My style has evolved through study of the old masters of Impressionism like Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and from lessons  from new masters like Nikolay Mikushkin, Tom Vincent, and George Van  Hook. I like to paint local scenes and I paint often with the Plein Air Painters of the 1000 Islands Region and First Coast Plein Air Painters in Jacksonville, FL. 

See more of Cheryl's work here
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Tucker Springs Organics a.k.a "The Soap Guys"

ARTISANAL SOAPS, LOTIONS, SUGAR SCRUBS, ROOM, LINEN & BODY SPRAYS

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Brent and Chad are TUCKER SPRING ORGANICS! THEY STRIVE TO PRODUCE HAND CRAFTED, ARTISANAL SOAPS AND SKINCARE PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE WHO ENJOY THE VAST AROMATHERAPY OF NATURE'S BOUNTY. ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS ARE CRUELTY FREE AND ALWAYS WILL BE. THEY STARTED THEIR BUSINESS WITH ARTISAN SOAP MAKING DUE TO THE LACK OF QUALITY, LOCAL CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS. AFTER RECEIVING SUCH ENORMOUS SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES THEY DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME TO EXPAND THEIR PRODUCT LINE OFFERING; LOTIONS, SUGAR SCRUBS, ROOM, LINEN & BODY SPRAYS AND MORE.


Soap Guys & Company is their retail location located at 17 Maple Street, Potsdam, NY. 


Visit http://www.tuckerspringorganics.com/ to learn more.

Check out Tucker Springs Organics on the web
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Stephen Yaussi

First Light North Hutchinson Island

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Pastel and Plein Air Painting

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In 2011 Steve retired from active participation in GYMO PC, an architectural, engineering and surveying firm that he co-founded in 1991. Since that time, Steve has pursued his life time interest in fine art concentrating primarily on the medium of pastel painting and he engages in Plein Air painting. 

Steve has studied under several regional artists in northern New York and Canada.  His work has been accepted for display in several galleries and exhibits throughout the region including a feature demo artist slot at River Muse Art Gallery and Studio during the Artist's Studio Tour, May 25 and 26. 

See more of Stephen's work here

Blue Cypress Lake

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Contact Us

River Muse Art Gallery & Studio

229 John Street, Rear Gallery Clayton, New York 13624, United States

ARTISTS & INSTRUCTORS WANTED To consign your work - Contact: Suzan mcdermott.suzan@gmail.com Hope perceptionphotography_ny@yahoo.com Interested in conducting a class or workshop? Contact: Garrett glmuralist@aol.com

Hours

HOURS

Our summer hours begin May 8th. 

Wed-Sat. 11AM – 5PM, 

Sunday Noon-3PM 

By Appointment Contact:

Bill Christoperson  wchrist796@aol.com

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