Goodacre sculpture back in N.M.April 23rd, 2013 at 11:32 am by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
A former aid to retired Sen. Pete Domenici has donated a sculpture by New Mexico artisan Glenna Goodacre to the institute dedicated to the senator’s work.
Angela Raish spent 21 years as Domenici’s personal assistant in his capitol office before she retired in 1998. The bronze sculpture “Tonita,” which depicts a Native American maiden, was presented to Raish as a retirement gift.
Raish, now 92, debated what to do with the sculpture as she was preparing to move from her Washington home into a retirement home, according to a news release from New Mexico State University.
“All at once it hit me,” Raish said. “She really belongs to New Mexicans.”
The Pete V. Domenici Institute for Public Police is currently under construction on the NMSU campus in a central space formerly occupied by the Herschel Zohn Theater.
Plans call for the statue to be displayed in a replica of Domenici’s Washington office. The piece, one of a series of 25, is currently valued at about $24,000.