I've been taking watercolor classes with Betsy for the past 10 years. Her classes are fun and relaxed, excellent for both beginner and more advanced students, with a focus on painting landscapes, florals and still life. Betsy is encouraging and patient while guiding her students to develop their own style. Her gallery offers local guest artists a chance to have solo exhibits, and she mentors a sub-group of her students, Cross River Fine Artists, who display their work in her gallery and in other venues in the Hudson Valley.

-Margaret Moebius

Betsy is a wonderful artist.  I love her work.  But what I really love is her teaching style.  It is loving, positive and effective.  I have learned so much from her class.  The atmosphere is so supportive and friendly.  Her class is the highlight of y week.

-Stephanie D

I cannot begin to express how wonderful Betsy Jacaruso is. Her watercolor lessons provide fun, encouragement and celebration for all levels of painters. Her gallery is a treasure where both student artists and professional artists are honored and encouraged. This studio and Gallery ate a true treasure in Rhinebeck, NY. Thank you Betsy for all that you do.

- Karen G

Betsy is a patient and kind teacher to all levels of students. She is an exemplar teacher in the Mid-Hudson valley and possibly in the country. Her studio is perfect for the beginner, intermediate or advanced watercolorist. I have been attending classes for almost five years and it is my true happy place on this earth. I find it to be my yoga, my therapy and my place to be free, to experiment, to create. I have brought 20 8th grade students from my school and Betsy was amazing working with young painters. The kids just loved the day!

- Susan K

A wonderful place to learn how to paint in watercolor.  Betsy and all her staff and students are a very warm and inviting group. Non judgment! 

All you have to do is open the door and see the colorful atmosphere.

PS:  Betsy does give beginners classes!

-Lorna S

I've taken art classes here for a couple of years now and Betsy is a remarkable teacher. I highly recommend her classes. The gallery itself is lovely space in which to learn, and there are always new shows going up. If i could give this more than five stars i would. A+++++

-Galina K