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

Class Schedule

Open Studio Thursdays


*New* Thursday: "Open Studio"

 "Open Studio" for artists to come in and work at their own pace. Chat with fellow makers and share the creative energy of co-creating. 

Class fee: 0

Class time: 11 am - 1 pm

Studio Host: Kim Connor 

No pre-registration necessary, just drop-in.

About the Studio Host, Kim Connor

Friday: Beginning and Intermediate Actylic & 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. 

About the Instructor, Cheryl Simeone

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. 

More about the Instructor, Bill Christopherson

Inked Sun-Catcher, Thursday May 30th, 6pm - 8 pm.


Create an Inked Sun-Catcher with Melissa Green, Stolen Moments!

Thursday May 30th, 6pm - 8 pm. River Muse is happy to have Melissa Green from Stolen Moments teaching how to to use alcohol ink on plexiglass to make beautiful sun-catchers! Click the button for more information. 

The class is $45 a person and all materials are provided. 

Pre-registration is required as there is limited seating. Credit, debit and PayPal are accepted for your convenience. 

Happy Inking!

Register via the Facebook event

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 classes.  I responded with, “Eh…no…but if it keeps me out of having to go back to an office, I’ll teach whatever you want me to!” We set up an Inked Painting class in September, Inked Yupo class for October, Inked Glass Class in October and Inked Ornament class in December.  I took a job remodeling houses for the rest of the summer to get some money coming in but it wasn’t enough, so I had to go back to work full time in October.  I taught my first class in September with one person because the power was out.   I had to cancel my October class because nobody signed up but I renamed it to Inked Flowers and now it’s my most popular class! In November, 8 people showed up.  In December, my class booked full.  In January 2018 I was asked to be an instructor at North Country Arts Council.  By February 2018 I was their Featured Artist.  By March, I quit my full time job, applied to several different galleries and handcrafted shops and got accepted to all of them.  Over the next year, I learned how to set up online booking, make Facebook events, put  my art work for sale in 3 different places, teach monthly classes in 6 regular places, learned how to turn my paintings in to high-def templates and send them to a company who makes totes and pillows and such, started an Etsy shop, got voted on the board for Sackets Harbor Arts Center and have recently started overseeing their Facebook and website. I did take a part-time job doing chicken BBQ’s for rafters last summer and I loved it! When the season ended, I took another part-time job from home to help me make ends meet over the winter, but I’m happy! Better yet, between my part-time job and my little growing artistic empire, I made as much last year as I did when I was working full-time job! 

I have a million more things on my list of things to learn and try.  There are a million more new and interesting people to meet!  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 hope and pray that I’m able to make this a lifelong thing and 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”.



Inked Sun-Catchers Class, May 30th

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.

Plein Air Painting Workshop, Clayton - August 20 & 21

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



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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