We had the good fortune of connecting with Brie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I truly don’t remember a time where my life didn’t revolve around art. I was an introverted child that spent hours in my room painting, writing music, and creating tv scripts. In a way I feel lucky that I’ve always had a passion for art because I’ve never had to go through the awkward phase of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve always known that my chosen career field would have to include the arts in some form. Simply because it is what makes me feel alive. I chose to pursue a creative career because I want to do what makes me happy for the rest of my life. When I started The We Gallery I never imagined it would grow as quickly as it has. I also never thought I would be combining all of my passions and creating a one of a kind lane for myself. I can truly say I am living my dreams and I’m glad that i followed my heart and my passion.
What should our readers know about your business?
The We Gallery is an Underground Art Gallery and Secret Supper Club. Our goal is to showcase emerging underground artists by highlighting and celebrating creative arts, music and culture. Our vision is to create a safe space for the community that inspires and nurtures creativity and positivity. We host special events; including Paint and Sip Parties, Private Film and Television Screenings, Cultural & LGTBQ Special Events, Secret Suppers, and more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Pre-pandemic some of my favorite spots in LA were those cute little hidden speakeasy bars like The Slipper Clutch and The Varnish. I love the feeling of going to a hidden hot spot it makes me feel like I’m in the 1920s in the prohibition era. I also loved The Study on Thursday nights; they had the best open mic jam sessions. For the absolute best poetry nights in LA I would recommend Da Poetry Lounge on Fairfax. One of my biggest regrets is not performing there pre pandemic. One of my favorite spots is also The Comedy Union on Pico (just don’t sit in the first two rows if you don’t want to be a part of the show).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicated my shoutout to my amazing partner Kea. She has been instrumental in encouraging me to follow my passion. When I was unsure about starting The We Gallery she gave me the push and support that I needed. She believed in my vision and was with me every step of the way. She volunteered to help with art shows and events, created our logo and encouraged me to not give up when I felt overwhelmed as a new business owner. I truly can not thank her enough for her unwavering support.