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A Los Angeles Childhood - Breaking All The Rules - Margarete Bagshaw
Friday, 07 June 2013 20:34

Since we are going in the lineage of Pablita Velarde, I want to give those of you who haven't had the opportunity of reading the Blog about Margarete a chance to do so.

This was originally posted in October 2012 right before the re-election of Barack Obama.

I have had the privilege of watching Margarete paint in the gallery, Golden Dawn on Galisteo Street in Santa Fe. It is amazing to watch a canvas come to life.

I am so intrigued with the three of these amazing artists and how each one built on the shoulders of the one before.

I would love to hear from you. I am interested if you are writing, painting, cooking, making music in the lineage of someone who has come before you.

Thanks for your continued reading of my Jewish Childhood Blog.

Back in April 2011, I blogged about Pablita Velarde. I am watching a documentary made in 2005, one year before her death. Pablita used to tell her children and grandchild stories. It was not until she illustrated the stories that they began to understand what she was truly saying.

Pablita talks about trying to understand, first her daughter, Helen Hardin's paintings, and then even a step more abstract, her grand daughter Margarete.

Both Helen and Margarete grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and not in the Indian way. Margarete takes her grandmother to art museums because Pablita tells her, "I don't walk that great anymore."

Pablita talks about her children: "I had two kids to raise, put them in Catholic School, pay tuition, chauffeur, cook, baby sitter. What I made in painting was a godsend."

Her daughter and her granddaughter were rebellious, just as Pablita was growing up.

Over the years I have seen Helen Hardin's paintings and have seen Margarete's work both at Golden Dawn Gallery at 201 Galisteo Street, across from Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.

There is a wonderful exhibit of her work, a twenty-year retrospective now at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The title of the retrospective is Breaking The Rules, so we are back to the beginning. The three woman artists painted full time. Margarete talks about how her mother, grandmother, and yes, herself have made changes in the way people are viewed and view art on a universal scale.

Many of Margarete Bagshaw's works are on a grand scale. She talks about painting in primary colors, making beautiful new growth where colors overlap.

A wonderful gift has been given from this family of artists. A new museum, which is now open in Santa Fe, is aptly named Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. They still have a few charter memberships available. That web site is

I am so excited about this museum. This means that in our small but mighty town of Santa Fe, we have two museums dedicated to the art of women, The O’Keefe and this new museum. Now you might ask, what is so exciting about that. After all there are thousands of museums all over the world. World-class museums. But in a world like the one we, as women find ourselves now, the importance of being out there is a great one. I remember in the 70s the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, I remember the work of the Gorilla Girls in getting the message out, we are here as women creating works of art, on paper, canvas, in novels, memoirs, poetry, novels. We are here to stay and want equality in all aspects of our lives.

At this time with a big election coming up one week away, women can speak out with our votes. We are indeed, as Margarete, Helen and Pablita, breaking all the rules.

Thank you for reading my Jewish Childhood Blog. Please talk to me regarding our wonderful life, yours and mine, via the web site under CONTACT. I welcome a dialog with you.