Don Cole Artwork Showcased During Library Carnegie Stage Concert on April 27
The enthusiastic audiences totaling almost 600 who attended the Library Carnegie Stage Concert during the Eclectic Music Festival were treated to two separate dynamic performances by jazz divas Julia Vari and Luciana Souza (accompanied by pianist Otmaro Ruiz) as well as a rollicking set by the David Plenn Band. Those in attendance attending were also able to enjoy the free refreshments provided by the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena and experience the eye-catching artwork of Don Cole. Don and and his abstract paintings lined the back wall behind where the Woman’s Club volunteers were stationed.
The audience loudly applauded all three performances.
Don Cole earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design and taught there after graduating. He is currently Director of Photography at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. His commercial images have appeared on more than 50 book covers. Don has served as principle photographer for more than 60 books. His photographs have appeared in: L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, National Geographic, African Arts Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, American Indian Art Magazine, Arts & Architecture, and the Smithsonian.
Artist Don Cole exhibited a number of his smaller paintings for the concert. (Photo Credit: Steve Whitmore/South Pasadena Review)
Early in his art career, Cole created mixed media photographs by painting onto the film. His interests in painting and photography evolved into combining both mediums onto raw canvas. During this period, his work became less about depicting reality and more about the subconscious. As so many learned, Don Cole’s abstract paintings can create a pathway to the subconscious, evoking a feeling, emotion or prompt memory.