Don Cincone’s memoir details his experience as an artist during segregation


Internationally renowned expressionist artist Don Cincone publishes “Time Was Not My Burden”, a memoir of his life and career.

Born in Alto and a graduate of Carroll High School and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Cincone has traveled the world and broadened his artistic training by studying the works of great artists.

Now a resident of West Monroe, Cincone’s works are currently owned by many museums and societies, in addition to individual collections of some famous names in the arts and film.

“Time Was Not My Burden” details Cincone’s humble beginnings and his rise as an artist.

This book is about a black boy born in a cotton field in Richland Parish, Louisiana and traveling much of the world and being commissioned by Universal Studios of Hollywood to do 85 paintings for a big movie called The The art of love which starred Dick Van Dyke, James Garner, Elke Sommer and Angie Dickinson, ”said Cincone. “From there my career as an artist expanded considerably until I was considered an international artist. Now this has happened against the life I was born into in the United States in the system that was separate and every opportunity that was denied to me as a kid growing up here in this region has been given to me. opposite. ”

World-renowned artist Don Cicone will be present at the release and signing of his new memoir "Time was not my burden" at West Monroe Town Hall and the NELA African American Heritage Museum on July 23 and 31 respectively.

Cincone said these challenges continued throughout his life and career as a professional artist.

Cincone said he started writing his memoir in 2008 after telling people several of his life stories over the years.

“I learned that writing a book is very different from the things I had written primarily up to that point,” Cincone said. “There has been a lot of writing about what has become of this book. (Lots of) self-publishing and lots of criticism from people who knew a lot more about the writing process than I did and over time. , I started to learn how to put the story together. ”

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Cincone said time was a theme throughout his book, which inspired the title “Time Was Not My Burden”.

“It’s a very important thing throughout this book that deals with the value of time and how time is valued,” Cincone said. “Time has never been against me and I don’t believe it is against anyone else because time belongs to God. It is controlled by God. My obstacles were related to my own worth and to system that I grew up fighting every day. ”

Cincone said he hopes his life experiences can inspire the next generation.

“What I have learned from writing the book and living for 85 years now is that God loves people and people have the greatest opportunity in life is to help each other every time. as we can and to serve each other in any way we can, on the life lessons taught to the young people around us and try to guide them, “said Cincone.

How to get a signed copy

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host the release and signing of Cincone’s Book of Memoirs on Monday, July 26 at West Monroe Town Hall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. and hard copies of the book will be available. purchase.

Barry Stevens, president and CEO of the NELA Arts Council, said the event will provide everyone with the opportunity to meet Cincone and take home a copy of her rich history.

“It has been an honor to work with Don on a recent oral history project and now to see this dream of publishing his book come true,” said Stevens.

An additional book signing will be held at the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum on Saturday, July 31 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will also feature a special unveiling of original unseen works of art by Cincone, as well as a sculpture and paintings which are currently on display at the museum.

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