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Juried Art Festival Welcomes 68 Artists During Two-Day Event

Decatur, Ala. – Sixty-eight artists hailing from 12 different states will make their way to downtown Decatur next month for a juried fine arts festival. Set for September 27-29, 2019, the River Clay Fine Arts Festival features nationally recognized artists and emerging, local creators. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to shop during the artist market on Sept. 28 and 29 and a special preview party will be held Friday evening, Sept. 27.  

The River Clay Fine Arts Festival gives participating artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, to network and socialize with other artists and to meet art lovers from across the region. In addition to the artist market and mingling with artists, festivalgoers are treated to chalk art, art demonstrations, student art exhibits, 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 with 58 artists. This year, the two day event features artwork from 68 talented artists from 12 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. A number of participating artists will also spend time demonstrating their talents for attendees. Food trucks will be on hand offering attendees the opportunity to picnic during festival hours.

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

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 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. 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).

Tickets are available now for River Clay Rendezvous, an arts patron preview party, on Friday, September 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Participants check in from 5 to 7 p.m. at the River Clay Artist Market to receive an event pass, and to preview and buy the artists’ works while enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres. From 7 to 9 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 and 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. Limited tickets are available.

For more information on the River Clay Fine Arts Festival including a list of participating artists, visit or call Noel King at 256-303-1177.

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