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Art Classes, Art Parties, & Art Supplies For All Ages

est. 2013

17 Elm Street

East Aurora, NY

Once home to an old auto body shop, MUSEjar has evolved into a dynamic art shop, studio, event space, and haven for creativity. 

What started as just an idea, took form with the help of a village and a lot of heart and soul. 

From the careful restoration of the original paned windows to the transformation of the paint booth to the now painting studio, MUSEjar exudes inspiration and creativity from its very core.


Our passion is living creatively, and we're here to inspire and support you in the pursuit. 

We believe in the power of creating, and embrace its ability to shape a full and fun life.

Art comes in endless forms, and we want you to find YOUR muse.


the muse family


Vanessa frost

owner + Founder

Hi! I'm Vanessa, the muse behind MUSEjar. I LOVE teaching and inspiring others to find their muse. What is a muse? It's that one thing that sets your soul on fire. Yes, it changes and evolves over time, but whatever fans the flame, THAT is it. I love helping people discover their muse and encouraging them to keep feeding the fire, whether it's through supplies, conversation, classes, lessons, or even social events. Encouraging and inspiring others is what it's all about. That is how MUSEjar was born — filling a void of creativity and community. A place where people can gather and express themselves, learn new things, and even find themselves.

The number one question I get is, "Did you go to art school?" Almost like, did you get the universal stamp of approval to DO THE THING? Yes, I did. I went to The University of Vermont for Film and Studio Art. I painted and threw clay until the sun came up and made movies with my friends every chance I got. I moved to NYC to work in film and would staple raw canvas to my apartment walls so I could paint in my free time. I was never not creating.

Some things you may not know about me...I love artichokes, I'd choose cheese over chocolate any day of the week, I was born in the desert, my preferred drink is whiskey on the rocks, and I've been to 10 countries and don't plan to stop anytime soon.

Travel, people, nature, and music are my MUSES.


Jennifer Dembik

Brand Manager & Web Designer

My MUSE is anything that challenges my perspective or allows me to grow. This could be a new experience or place, a good conversation, or seeing the same world through fresh eyes. It always feels very serendipitous — like a perfect storm of circumstances leading to inspiration and energy.

I love podcasts, Feng Shui, plants, rainbows, and being on or near water.

Nature, running, painting, reading, and yoga keep me sane!


Laura cott

store manager & Visual Merchandiser

My MUSE is creating. I love anything that challenges me. I view the world with a visual eye, and with that, I appreciate the color, shape, and, the pattern found in my everyday.

Things I think you should know... I love dogs more than humans; if I had a do-over, I would be an interior designer. I love cooking delicious food, and there isn't a DIY project I won't try.

Laura is also the artist and owner behind LaCott Fine Art.

@lacottfineart |


Emily O’Connor

Content Creator

My MUSE is music. Whether its coming up with a piece of choreography or using music to get me in the right mindset to write, it has an influence over me. I have playlists for cooking, dance, writing, sleep, long car rides…you name it.

Dance (tap and ballet), reading books when I have the time, crafting or painting, NAPPING, and just spending quality time with the fam are a few of my favorite things!


Photography Credit: Photography by Erin Kristine




We're a passionate, ambitious, and we love what we do. We're always looking for people to bring more creative energy to the table and we're very excited about our growing tribe.


if walls could talk

We are all about sharing art and inspiration and the mural on our building was the perfect way to do so with all who pass by. Our ever-evolving mural wall is a wonderful surprise for sore eyes and great spot for snapping those insta-perfect pics! If you do, please don’t forget to show your love, tag us @musejar or #findyourmuse! Seeing the creativity that it inspires and the moments that we bring some color to is one of the things that makes doing what we do the best!

If you want to have your very own mural masterpiece for some daily eye candy and inspiration, contact us! We do commissions!


You Inspire Us

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