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Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Bluejays Visions

Julia is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation (the people of the dawn). Aquinnah is located on the island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. She grew up in the town of Falmouth, MA and summered and spent weekends year round on the Vineyard until her late teens. She now resides in the town of South Ryegate, VT and has a business there named Bluejays Visions where she creates museum quality works of art.

Julia is an internationally known artist who specializes in Eastern Woodland Art. She is best known for her 17th century style twined basketry. Besides basketry, she also twines burden straps, sashes, and leg garter sets. She is an accomplished traditional painter, painting such items as: cradleboards, pipe bags, flute bags, fan handles, and pouches. Julia created a line of dolls called Eninuog, which translates to "the people" based on 17th century Wampanoag people. Julia paid close attention to detail; even the beads they wear are miniatures of trade beads of the time.

Julia's art has been featured at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill in Providence, RI, at the State House in Boston, MA and in several museums throughout New England, including: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum in CT, Plimoth Plantation, The Robbins Museum, National Heritage Museum, Cahoon Museum in MA, the Fairbanks Museum, Clan of the Hawk Museum, Chandler Music Hall Gallery in VT, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in NH. Her art has also been featured in calendars from Plimoth Plantation and the New England Native American calendar several times. Julia and her art have been featured in several books, most recently in Keepers of Traditional Art and Folk Heritage in Massachusetts. Julia's dolls have been featured in the magazine Indian Artist. Julia lectures and gives demonstrations for museums, historical societies, school programs, and private functions. She teaches art classes to Native groups passing on traditional arts. In addition, Julia is a traditional dancer and participates in pow wows and dance exhibitions throughout New England. 

I Have Worked With

  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Julia
Job Title/Position: 
Artist/Store Owner
Mailing Address: 
1964 Scott Hwy.
South Ryegate, VT 05069
Physical Address: 
1964 Scott Hwy.
South Ryegate, VT 05069
Last Name: 
Marden
Phone: 
802-584-3184

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Aquinnah Wampanoag

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Year Founded: 
2014
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Exhibitions
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

I am a NEFA Grant Recipient