A tai-tai to the rescue

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2005, 12:00am

It's easy to be oblivious to the world's troubles, but a single personal connection can provide a quick reality check. For Korean-born Christine Chu, that came when the gallery owner saw on television the devastation in the southern US. Only a month earlier, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour - a friend of her husband, investor Franklin Chu - was a dinner guest at their Peak home. Now, his state was a victim of Hurricane Katrina.

So, what can an art-loving tai-tai do? Organise an exhibition of her fine European paintings, custom furniture, Limoges porcelain and silk flowers and give 15 per cent of all the proceeds to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

Chu says: 'I've been an art collector for a long time. I usually like classics and old-master pieces, specialising in still life. I know the trend is to contemporary art but you can find that everywhere. Classics from the 18th and 19th century are not so easy.'

The Christine Lifestyles Gallery exhibition is on until October 11, in The Arbour, Two IFC Mall.