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Experience the Arts in the River City

Decatur, Ala. – Seventy-six artists hailing from nine different states will make their way to the River City the fourth weekend in September for a juried fine arts festival. Set for September 23-24, 2017, the River Clay Fine Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of the visual arts giving participating artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, to network and socialize with other artists and to meet arts patrons from across the region. In addition to the artist market and mingling with artists, festivalgoers are treated to art demonstrations, student art exhibits, musical performances 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 with 58 artists. This year, the two day event features artwork from 76 talented artists from nine different states who will have on display and for sale a variety of original works of art including ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings, photography, sculptures, and wood.

The festival will be held on the grounds of Decatur City Hall located at 402 Lee Street NE. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24. Admission is $5 per person for a weekend pass. Admission is free for children 12 years old and under (must be accompanied by an adult).

On Friday, September 22, the public is invited to River Clay Rendezvous – an Arts Patron Preview Party. Hours for the opening night event are from 5 to 9 p.m. and the event allows art patrons to preview and buy the artworks from the River Clay Artist Market before the general public while enjoying live music and good food provided by local restaurants. At 7 p.m., Rendezvous ticket holders are invited to a Rendezvous Social at the Alabama Center for the Arts to enjoy more food and entertainment and a special art exhibit in the ACA Gallery. The cost for a ticket is $50 per person and includes weekend admission to the festival. A limited number of tickets are available and may be purchased online at or by calling Jennifer Bunnell at the Alabama Center for the Arts at 256.260.4299.

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

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
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