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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). Willie left Alabama in 1970 and started a life in Brooklyn N.Y., gaining a career with the New York Telephone Co. where she retired in 2003. During her time with the company she was able to attend Saint Francis College in Brooklyn for Creative Writing and English in 1993. In 1998, Willie attended Columbia University for creative writing and English literature. Her arrival to painting came during a time when her muse could no longer be satisfied with the narrative process yet, she found her self desiring another medium to tell her stories. Willie began painting, and in 2002 she chose the abstract approach of art to give expression to her visions and dreams. “I believe in art, the beauty of art, the originality of art in books, vinyl, antiques, paintings, and collectibles. Art should be an important part of a loving, teaching home. It should be original and affordable. My job is to become an integral part of this process."
 

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 Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. © Tabla Rosa Gallery 2015