Margarete Bagshaw

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Margarete Bagshaw
Margarete Bagshaw
Margarete Terrazas

(1964-11-11)November 11, 1964
DiedMarch 19, 2015(2015-03-19) (aged 50)
Other namesMargarete Bagshaw-Tindel
"My World is not Flat", 2011 painting by Bagshaw

Margarete Bagshaw (November 11, 1964 – March 19, 2015) was an American artist known for her paintings and pottery. She was descended from the Tewa people of K'apovi or the Kha'p'oo Owinge, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.[1]

Early life[edit]

Margarete Bagshaw was born November 11, 1964, and was the daughter of artist Helen Hardin and Pat Terrazas, and the granddaughter of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Pablita Velarde.[2][3]

Bagshaw grew up in New Mexico and lived most of her life between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, however as a young child she was living with her mother for several years in Colombia and Guatemala.[4]

She married at age 19 to Greg Tindel, a master framer.[5] She did not start to create her own artwork until 1990, at the age of 26, while she was pregnant with her second child.[3][4] Early in her work as an artist, her spouse Tindel encouraged her to share her artwork with others.[4] Bagshaw started having more confidence in her work as an artist, after a series of positive responses followed.[4]

Art career[edit]

In 2006, after divorcing and settling her grandmother's estate, she moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands, living with her second husband Dan McGuinness.[6] She was a founding partner and co-builder of ISW Studios — a recording and multimedia studio.[7] While in the Virgin Islands she continued to paint and send her work back to New Mexico.[7]

The couple returned to New Mexico in 2009.[8] In 2009 until 2015, the couple owned Golden Dawn Gallery in New Mexico.[8]

In 2012, Margarete Bagshaw co-founded the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women, dedicated to her grandmother's legacy as well as other female Native American artists in Santa Fe, however it closed in 2015 when Margarete passed away.[6][9]

In 2012, Bagshaw wrote and published her memoirs Teaching My Spirit to Fly along with her mother's biography A Straight Line Curved by Kate Nelson, and her grandmother's biography Pablita Velarde, In Her Own Words by Shelby Tisdale. Bagshaw's memoirs chronicled her early life living with a family of famous artists. She also wrote about her artistic and business life and detailed betrayal by a best friend and family.

On March 19, 2015, Margarete Bagshaw died at the age of 50 after having a stroke and then subsequently diagnosed with brain cancer.


Throughout her 20-year career she was known for her use of color, composition and texture. Bagshaw was featured in many publications including: The SantaFean magazine, The Essential Guide magazine, Southwest Art magazine,[10] Native Peoples magazine,[11][12] the New Mexico Magazine and recently both the Albuquerque Journal[13] and ABQ Arts.[14] She was one of the featured artists in the 2003 book — NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art, The New Mexico Artist Series[15] as well as the 1998 book — Pueblo Artists Portraits, by Toba Tucker.[16]


Bagshaw took part in over a dozen major museum exhibitions, including the Eiteljorge Museum Of American and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Hamden Museum in Virginia, and numerous invitational shows with the Museum of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As the subject of a documentary film project, Bagshaw spoke at the dedication ceremony for the donation of "The White Collection" (featuring a number of Bagshaw's works), at the Lakeview Museum in Illinois in September 2008.

In 2010, Bagshaw presented a one-woman show at the Smoki Museum[17][failed verification] in Prescott, Arizona. In 2012, Bagshaw had a solo exhibition, Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.[18][19] In 2013, The Color of Oil: Paintings by Margarete Bagshaw exhibition was held at the Ellen Noël Art Museum.[20][21] In 2016, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honored Bagshaw in an exhibition, along with Josephine Myers-Wapp and Jeri Ah-be-hill.[7]

In 2019, the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe held an exhibition of four generations of painters from this family, titled, Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, Margarete Bagshaw and Helen K. Tindel: A Painting Dynasty From The Land of Enchantment.[22]

Lectures and talks[edit]

In 2011 at the annual conference of the Folk Art Society in Santa Fe, Bagshaw spoke about the tension between carrying on Native traditions and her impetus toward more modernist expression.[23] In 2011, Bagshaw was invited to be a speaker for Women's History Month at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.[24]

Personal life[edit]

She married in 1984 to Greg Tindel and together they had two children, Forrest Tindel and Helen K. Tindel.[8][5] Her daughter is a painter.[25] The couple eventually divorced in 2006.

Her second marriage was to Dan McGuinness and they remained together until her death in 2015.


  1. ^ "Collections Search Results". National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photographer: Margarete Bagshaw (Margaret Bagshaw/Margarete Bagshaw-Tindel), K'apovi (Santa Clara Pueblo), 1964-2015
  2. ^ Nelson, Kate (2011). "The Rule of Three, Margarete Bagshaw" (PDF). El Palcino. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. ^ a b "Santa Fe artist Margarete Bagshaw dies at age 50". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Margerete Bagshaw-Tindel". Mutual Art. 2002.
  5. ^ a b Indyke, Dottie (2005-08-03). "Native Arts: Margarete Bagshaw-Tindel". Southwest Art Magazine. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  6. ^ a b Quintana, Chris (2015-03-20). "Margarete Bagshaw, 1964-2015: Woman from line of iconic Native artists made own mark with modernism". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ a b c Abatemarco, Michael. "Distaff honors: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  8. ^ a b c Oxford, Andrew (2016-03-23). "Artist's children file malpractice suit in estate battle". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  9. ^ "The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts". 2013. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  10. ^ Dottie Indyke. "Margarete Bagshaw-Tindel". SouthwestArt. Archived from the original on March 24, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2010. Alt URL
  11. ^ "Margarete Bagshaw". Native Peoples. 8 (9): 176. February 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22.
  12. ^ Diaz, Rosemary (November 2001). "Changing Women". Native Peoples. 15 (1): 70. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02.
  13. ^ "ABQ Journal". Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "ABQ Arts Website". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  15. ^ Touchette, Charleen; Deats, Suzanne (2003). NDN Contemporary Art: New Mexico Artist Series. ISBN 0974102326.
  16. ^ "Tobatucker". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  17. ^ "Smoki Museum". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  18. ^ "Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules". Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. 12 Feb 2012.
  19. ^ Roberts, Kathaleen (2012-02-03). "Comfort in Sequence". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  20. ^ "WHAT'S GOING ON: WEEK OF NOV. 22, 2013". The Odessa American. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  21. ^ "EXHIBITS". The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas. March 2, 2014. p. B1. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  22. ^ "Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, Margarete Bagshaw and Helen K. Tindel: A Painting Dynasty From The Land of Enchantment". The Railyard Santa Fe. March 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  23. ^ Beyerbach, Barbara (2011-01-01). "Chapter One: Social Justice Education Through the Arts". Counterpoints. 403: 1–14. JSTOR 42981592.
  24. ^ "Artist Talk with Margarete Bagshaw: 3 Generations of Pushing Boundaries" (PDF). National Museum of the American Indian. 2011.
  25. ^ Abatemarco, Michael. "On passing the torch: A Pueblo painting dynasty". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2019-11-05.

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