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W I L L I E
was born and raised in Selma, Alabama during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties (50's). Leaving Alabama in 1970, she started a life in Brooklyn, New York where she gained a career with the New York Telephone Company. Willie studied at Columbia University and Saint Francis College with a focus in Creative Writing and English.

Feeling a desire to tell her stories beyond the narrative process, Willie explored with the idea of painting her stories. These paintings followed a natural instinct to create in abstract form. Although Willie's paintings lacked external realities, the abstract shapes and textures told stories with depth and memory from her days growing up in Selma- “I believe in art, the beauty of art, the originality of art in books, vinyl, antiques, paintings, and collectibles."

Willie has exhibited in New York City's Puck Building, Harlem, Art Off The Main, Corridor Gallery, Gallery 3d, Brooklyn's Borough Hall Art Gallery, and featured in the The Village Voice and Breuckelen Magazine.  In her hometown of Selma, she has shown exclusively at the Selma Public Library.  Her work appears in the permanent collection at the Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Most excitingly, Willie's paintings were gifted and accepted by personal letter, to the collection of President William J. Clinton.  The charisma of the Civil Rights Movement during Willie's childhood, inspired a creative energy in which Willie then and now, still writes stories of those times and paints them as well.  Willie is currently working on a children's book chronicling her childhood.

Willie Mae Brown, above, reads from her autobiography “My Selma”, at the Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. © Tabla Rasa Gallery 2015