TIFTON - For some of the artists who will display their work Saturday at the Love Affair, an exhibition at the local festival is an annual custom. For others, it's a first.

"Other than the local show in Moultrie, this is the only show I do of this size, if that tells you anything," said mixed media artist Lisa Lindsey Kent of Tifton. "It's a very good quality show, with an excellent staff of volunteers, very well-organized.

"It's always a good show. It's fun to walk around and look at people's work."

Kent has shown her work across the country and has had international shows. She has had exhibits at the Love Affair for every year of its existence except two.

Her framed pieces add fabric, wire or found objects to a base of handmade paper.

"I've been using a house theme and experimenting with images of little houses like a child would draw to represent a person's spirit or heart," said Kent. "They're framed individually or sometimes in groups to represent friends or more often families."

Photographer Charles Styer, better known locally as the chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission or for his typesetting business, will show his work at the Love Affair for the first time.

"I've been taking photos for 40 years, but raising a child and the expense of making large prints previously kind of prohibited (having a Love Affair show)," said Styer.

He describes his work as "floral portraits," often extensively enlarged. "In some of them, I have flowers that are one or two inches long in real life that are a foot long in the picture," Styer said.

"The enlargements let you see flowers in a way that most people have never seen them before."

Styer said he experiments with unusual effects like black backgrounds or watercolor fills. "I've got one of poison ivy leaves with flames all around the leaves," said Styer.

"They're fun to do. But the whole floral portrait idea is that you treat the flower as you would a person having a portrait made. It brings out the essence of the flower."

Other local artists exhibiting work at the Love Affair include Nell Johnson, Marilyn Dale, Gaye Elder, Annette Rigdon Swan, Sara Settimi, Joseph Sullo, Mandy Williams and Tracy Shiver Wilson of Tift County, Sherry Christian of Ocilla, Gaye Elder of Alapaha, Ronald Goodman and Marjorie Schirak of Fitzgerald, Earl Powell of Adel, Georgia Roswell of Sparks, and members of the Atlantic Coastline Artists Guild in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts category.

In Creative Crafts, Linda Nalls, Maxie Sumner, Elaine Belk, and Deidre Kendrick of Tift County, Max T. Chatman and Paulette Dale of Worth County will also be displaying. Ches Smith and G.W. Tibbetts will both have basketweaving demonstrations while Chuck Smart of Fitzgerald will demonstrate wood turning.

The fine arts and fine crafts marketplace will be located in the northwest portion of Fulwood Park. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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