The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes artist and George Mason University graduate student Lonnie Pauls to display her unique, music-inspired artwork in the second-level Passage Gallery. Pauls’ show Chroma will be on display from Feb. 3 through March 12 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
Malia Alana “Lonnie” Pauls is an Afro-Cuban-American fine arts chromesthetic abstract painter who works mostly in acrylics and inks. Pauls simply describes chromesthesia as art that’s created to sound. Her work is heavily-inspired by music of all genres, and she often listens to music while painting, allowing it to impact and direct her creative process. She describes her interest in chromesthesia as a marriage between her first love of music and her current love of painting.
“I paint to music more often than normal every day sounds. For example, one painting I produced called ‘THIS MUST BE MY DREAM’ is one based from the song of the same title by The 1975,” she explained. “The song itself is an up-beat, eclectic alternative pop song that had a vibrant sound. When I heard the song for the first time, I kept seeing a splattered paint effect in my mind, almost like the drum had paint on it and each hit on the snare drum brought up a new color.”
Pauls took an interest in painting in 2013 with the help of one of her Bowie State University art professors who introduced her to the work of abstract artist Gehrard Richter. She is currently studying to receive a master’s degree in arts management at George Mason University. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Bowie State University and studied photographic technology as a dual enrollment student at Daytona State College.
The Passage Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center directly across from the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall events. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.
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