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East Aurora, NY, 14052
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MUSEjar is a dynamic art studio and carefully curated art shop, built to foster creativity and inspiration in both artists and aspiring creatives. We offer a wide variety of workshops and private events for all ages.

MUSE Blog

Discover the many muses of our community, and find inspiration in their stories.

Ashley Strazzella

Jennifer Dembik

 
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What's your MUSE?

"Though I have many things that inspire me, nature is definitely my muse. No matter what is going on in my day, taking a few minutes even, to be outside changes everything. And a few hours with your hands in the dirt & sun overhead, changes everything. Whenever I feel stuck or lacking inspiration in whatever project I’m working on, I like to take a break to hang with my animals. There’s rarely a day that watching a chicken slurp down watermelon won’t brighten. "

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Austin Stoll

Vanessa Frost

 
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What's your MUSE?

"My muse is expressing individuality, no matter what people’s opinions are. In other words, I am inspired by personal qualities that make an individual different from one another."

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Julia Hardick

Jennifer Dembik

 
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What's your MUSE?

"Ever since I can remember I have loved nature. I lived in our woods growing up and was constantly making tree forts, digging for worms, and playing in the creek. It was where I felt most ME. Today- not much has changed. Anytime I am feeling stuck in a rut or need to be refreshed I crave nature. Even when I am at my peak of inspiration I still crave nature. Sometimes it’s a long walk at Chestnut Ridge, sometimes I need to see the sunset on the beach.  No matter where I am outside I constantly feel inspired and reenergized. There’s something about the power in Mother Nature that is mind bowing and really makes me take a step back and breathe. It is crazy empowering to sit on the beach and watch the massive sun disappear beneath the horizon while hearing the slow peaceful sound of waves crashing. Usually I hear some dogs barking too, since they’re with me wherever I go! They are also an insanely big part of my life and always keep me laughing. They teach me patience and how to love unconditionally. They really tie together my need for nature and inspiration because they too love nature- and need it! 

I am Julia Hardick, a creator, maker and doer and nature and my dogs are my MUSE!"

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Erin Kristine

Jennifer Dembik

 
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What's your MUSE?

"Happy people, but people that are happy because they aren't afraid to be themselves. Authenticity, individuality...that is really inspiring."

Erin also has some fab photography skills in her back pocket, and we have her to thank for several of the stunning photographs that you find on our website! Take a minute to check out her social media accounts! 

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Alex Strazzella

Jennifer Dembik

 
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What's your MUSE?

"My muse is ingredients that are raw & real. Butter, cream, good chocolate, eggs. I get excited when I see a big pile of cubed butter and think how amazing it is the things we can create with it. Or when my sister gives me some freshly laid eggs from her free-range flock. How cool is it that we can create a lovely meringue from those eggs that turns into our french macarons?! It amazes me the way that beet powder can turn white macaron batter into a beautiful light pink. And I love walking through the farmer’s market in the middle of summer seeing what fruit we can incorporate into our baking for the week."

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