Minden artist creates Candy Dance poster
September 13, 2012
Don Fotine, 69, once lived a hectic life in Southern California operating his own full-service ad agency, providing architectural illustration and graphic design for builders and architects nationwide. In 1990, hoping to slow life down a bit, he moved to Minden, and, while continuing to do architectural illustration, began to hone his fine arts skills, turning them into a full-time pursuit in 2006. The tranquility of Carson Valley compared to Los Angeles is reflected in the poster art he produced for the 92nd annual Genoa Candy Dance happening 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30. The image of trees of autumn leaves along the south side of the Genoa Lane approach to the town showcases the grandeur of fall in Carson Valley.“I love a challenge,” Fotine said, “and when I saw an opportunity to participate in the poster design for Candy Dance, I was eager to give it a try.” The assignment provided an ideal platform for combining graphic design and fine art. It proved to be “a very demanding piece,” Fotine said, “but well worth it.”Working in both watercolor and acrylics, Fotine is the recipient of 29 juried fine art awards, ranging from first place to people’s choice and best of show, from the Nevada Artists Association, the Latimer Art Club and the Carson Valley Art Association. He has also entered the highly competitive Federal Duck Stamp Competitions, placing 14th nationally out of 350 entries in 2006 — in his first time out. Currently his work appears at the Lone Tree Gallery in Minden. The poster will be available at Candy Dance for $10.The Genoa Candy Dance will feature 300 arts and crafts vendor booths, along with 40 food booths and 15 activity booths for kids of all ages. Admission is free.“There will be everything from jewelry to ceramics to clothing to gourmet oils and soups,” Town manager Sheryl Gonzales said. “It’s a Valley event that was voted Northern Nevada’s best rural event by Nevada Magazine.”Entertainment is being provided by Graham Davis, Quake City Jug Band, and Joseph Greco. The “Denim & Diamonds” dinner-dance, 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, will feature music from the Joni Morris Band, a Patsy Cline tribute band, and the Cash Only Band, a Johnny Cash tribute band.Carson City BBQ will be preparing barbecue pork ribs and chicken, tossed green salad, potato salad, mixed veggies, beans and dinner rolls. Dessert will be provided by John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The tradition of Candy Dance continues with free candy samples for ticket holders.Dinner-dance tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Dance-only tickets are $20. Tickets are also available for $50 per person for diamond tables, which include parking at Genoa Park and premier wines at your table. Not only is Candy Dance good for Genoa, but Valley nonprofits and businesses benefit as well.“It helps fill hotel rooms and brings people into restaurants,” Gonzales said. “East Fork Fire Department has a food booth here. The Douglas Tigers Junior Pop Warner football team does taquitos here and Douglas County Mounted Posse manages the parking lot on Genoa Lane.”Parking is available on Foothill Road, Genoa Lane and the Genoa cemetery for $5. Shuttles will run hourly from Carson Valley Inn and Douglas High School for $2. Tickets are available at the Genoa Town Office at 782-8696.