Willie Mae Brown
Willie Mae Brown was born and raised in Selma, Alabama durning the early years of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties (50's). The charisma of the times and the excitement,released a creative energy inside her and she began to write the unfolding the stories of the times.
Ms. Brown is currently working on a children's book chronicling her experiences.
Ms. Brown 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. Durning her time with the company she was able to attend Saint Francis College in Brooklyn for Creative Writing and English in 1993.
In 1998 she attended Columbia University for creative writing and English literature.
Ms.Brown's approach to creative visual arts came at a point in her life when the muse could no longer be satisfied with the narrative. She began to paint, 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."
Ms. Brown has exhibited in New York City at The Puck Building, Harlem Fine Arts show, Art Off The Main, Corridor Gallery, Gallery 3d, Brooklyn's Borough Hall Art Gallery as well as several venues in and around the borough's.\
In her hometown of Selma, Alabama, she has shown exclusively at the Selma Public Library. Her work is permanently with the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Also one of her paintings has been gifted and accepted by personal letter,to the collection of President William J. Clinton. (more on that great story).