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Decatur’s Juried Art Festival Welcomes 58 Artists During Two-Day Event

Decatur, Ala. – Set for October 16-17, 2021, Decatur’s annual River Clay Fine Arts Festival returns with 58 local and national artists for a two-day celebration of the visual arts. In addition to the artist market, festival goers are treated to chalk art, student art exhibits, live music and more.

The juried art festival, featuring local and national artists exhibiting original works of art for sale to the public, made its debut in 2015. This year, the two-day event features artwork from talented artists from 10 different states who will be selling a variety of original works of art, including ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings, photography, sculptures and wood. Food trucks will be on-site offering attendees the opportunity to picnic during festival hours and beer and wine will be available.

In addition to experienced artists, the festival celebrates up-and-coming artists from local schools. Festival goers will enjoy seeing the display of artwork representing students from public and private schools from across Decatur, Hartselle and Morgan County. Children of all ages are invited to take part in the children’s art area where fun activities will allow them to express their creativity. 

River Clay will be held on the grounds of Decatur City Hall located at 402 Lee Street NE. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Admission is $5 per person for a weekend pass and free for children 12 years old and under (must be accompanied by an adult).

Tickets are available now for River Clay Rendezvous, an arts patron preview party, on Friday, October 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Participants will check in at the River Clay Artist Market from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to receive their event pass and to preview and buy the artists’ works while enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Rendezvous ticket holders and the artists are invited to the Rendezvous Social at the Alabama Center for the Arts to enjoy more food, beverages, entertainment and the art exhibit in the ACA Gallery. Additionally, the Rendezvous ticket includes weekend admission to the festival. River Clay Rendezvous tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling Jennifer Bunnell at the Alabama Center for the Arts at 256-260-4299. A limited number of tickets is available.

For more information on the River Clay Fine Arts Festival including a list of participating artists, visit

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AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting