NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leslie Chihuly, the wife and business driver behind glass artist Dale Chihuly, believes these are fighting times, especially for artists.
“If we don’t have our paintings and art and music and culture and civility, then what do we have?” said the president and chief executive of Chihuly, Inc, who chaired the board of the Seattle Symphony for nine years until 2018.
“What art does is create that thin veneer that separates us from our more base instincts. Without it, I don’t like how life looks.”
Chihuly, 59, had a chat with Reuters about her personal, professional and philanthropic choices.
Edited excerpts are below.
Q. What did your first job teach you?
A. My first job was probably when I around 14 or 15. I worked in a small boutique store on the Main Street in my hometown (Guymon, Oklahoma), and it was called The Vogue.