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

229 John St, Clayton NY.

(315) 285-5162


Art of Winter Now Showing!

Art of Winter Now Showing!

Art of Winter Now Showing!Art of Winter Now Showing!

Class Schedule

Friday: Beginning and Intermediate Acrylic and Oil Painting


Class fee: $10

Class time: 11 am - 1 pm

Class instructor: Cheryl Simeone 

Pre- register  by calling 315-285-5162, walk-ins welcome. 

Saturday: Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor Painting


Class fee: $10

Class time: 11 am - 1 pm

Class instructor: Bill Christopherson

Pre- register  by calling 315-285-5162, walk-ins welcome. 

Guest Instructor Melissa Green

Inked Sun-Catchers

Inking her way into a niche


I was never a painter.  I was a writer, a drawer, a photograph lover, a jewelry maker, an open thinker and I was infatuated with all things poetically imperfect.  Nowhere in there, did I ever consider growing up to be an Alcohol Ink Artist.  In January 2017, I’d been let go from my job and had the luxury of being on unemployment.  I’d spent 17 years working in medical offices and now that I was 38 years old and my son was going to be graduating next year, I decided now was time for ME.  If I was ever going to get out of offices and make a living with my arts…this was it.  So I applied to SEAP (Self-Employment Assistant Program) through the Department of Labor that partnered with the Small Business Administration at JCC and I got accepted.  The goal of this program was to work full time at starting your own business because the chance of entering back into the work force in my previous profession was…to say the least…dismal in this area, as an Account Receivables Clerk.  So I spent the next several months trying to figure out how I was going to make a living as an artist because that’s what my 14 year old self always wanted to be when I grew up. 😊 

So, one day I was roaming Pinterest and found this beautiful painting.  When I looked into it, I found that it was made with alcohol inks and I couldn’t believe it! The colors were stunning and it wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen! So I picked some up and played with them.  No magic. I picked them up another day and played with them. Still no magic.  I couldn’t really find my niche.  A few months later, I picked them up again and somehow the colors began to dance and mingle in ways I hadn’t noticed before.  Before I knew it, I was addicted to them and on my last week of unemployment in July 2017, I’d finally figured out how to “art” with them.  I went to a little gallery that just opened in Sackets Harbor called Stiches and Pics and asked if she’d consider putting my art work on her walls.  She said she’d be happy to and wanted to know if I’d ever considered teaching classea and the rest is writing my history as i write. There  are a million more new and interesting people to meet and tiles, class and plexiglass to be Inked!  I feel like, at 40 years old, I’m actually living life on my terms now.  My son is proud of me.  I can’t wait to see what the next year brings! I can’t tell you what it feels like when people ask me what I do for a living and I get to say, “I’m an artist”.




Guest Instructor Barbara Jablonski



Barbara loves painting en plein air, that is, on site, “in open air” –winter, spring, summer and fall.  Anywhere she travels she will paint – New York State, the sea

shore, boats, the mountains and lakes, our national parks and locations abroad. 

“I pack my SUV and trailer, taking to the road to capture the beauty of our country.”  

“Plein air painting is a personal development experience,” says Barbara.  “I will always be a ‘student of the art.” Barbara captures color and light while painting contemporary life in her landscapes. Her specialties include architecture, nautical scenes, winter scenes and landscape vistas.

Contact Us

River Muse Art Gallery & Studio

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

WE HAVE ART CLASSES! Call or email for full class schedule & registration. (315) 285-5162 infoRiverMuseArtGallery@yahoo.com


Open today

11:00 am – 05:00 pm


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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