Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)


Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

Couple's second career as gallery owners keeps them going in the works of the Southwest

Most people dream of retiring to a warm climate where they can lounge on the beach or play golf all day.

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Reggie Sawyer and his wife Kay had a warm climate in mind while stationed in England and later at the Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, but retirement to a beach was not in their plans.

In 1983 the couple moved to Albuquerque to sell their collection of English antiques and open an art gallery. For the past 15 years they have owned the Hanging Tree Gallery in Old Town.

"Some people may not see what I'm doing as being retired, but it keeps my mind going, and I really enjoy the gallery business," Reggie said on the phone.

The gallery is now a treasure trove of Navajo weavings, jewelry, Pueblo pottery including Maria Martinez pieces, a blend of furniture styles and regional painters. …

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