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Decatur’s River Clay Fine Arts Festival to feature 70 artists

DECATUR — River Clay Fine Arts Festival welcomes 70 local and national artists and their works of art and unique creations to the River City for a celebration of the visual arts. The annual two-day event is Oct. 22-23.

In addition to the artist market, festivalgoers are treated to chalk art, student art exhibits, live music and more.

The juried art festival made its debut in 2015 as a way to bring artists and art lovers together. This year, the outdoor festival features works by artists from 13 states. Their work includes ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculptures and wood.

There also is a children’s art area featuring fun activities.

Along with experienced artists, the festival celebrates up-and-coming artists from local schools. The artwork represents students from public and private schools from Decatur, Hartselle, and Morgan County schools.

Attendees can look forward to the third annual RiverChalk art competition where competitors create elaborate works throughout the weekend event. Past RiverChalk winners include Decatur native Adam Stephenson and Sonia Summers of Knoxville, Tenn.

Food trucks will be on-site, offering festivalgoers the opportunity to picnic and beer and wine will be available to purchase.

River Clay is on the grounds of Decatur City Hall in downtown Decatur.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23.

Admission is $5 per person for a weekend pass. Children 12 years old and admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult.

A limited number of tickets is available for River Clay Rendezvous 5-9 p.m. Oct. 21 for those who wish to preview artists’ works. The Rendezvous ticket includes weekend admission to the festival.

River Clay Rendezvous tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling Jennifer Bunnell at the Alabama Center for the Arts at 256-260-4299.

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