Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Resort Erects Statue.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

* Sculpture at Hyatt resort depicts 4 Santa Ana Pueblo tribal settings

A life-size sculpture portraying tribal members was installed Tuesday at the exclusive Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa at Santa Ana Pueblo.

The four-piece sculpture by Socorro artist Sharon Fullingim portrays four tribal settings a grandmother dipping water out of a fountain that serves as the sculpture's pedestal, a young man with a hoe in a corn field, a grandfather with two youths by his side and a young woman with her hand extended welcoming guests to the hotel.

Joe Pena, vice chairman of Santa Ana Hospitality's board of directors, has a special tie to the sculpture several of those portrayed are his relatives.

The model used for the grandfather is Pena's grandfather, Jose Ray Leon. The grandmother is his maternal grandmother, Rosita Roman. Both are deceased and photos were given to Fullingim to use to create her sculpture. …

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