River Clay

Fine Arts Festival

River Clay Fine Arts Festival (River Clay) brings together people from across the region to celebrate the visual arts in all its forms. The juried fine arts festival includes an artist market featuring local and national artists, children’s art activities, student art exhibits and much, much more. Situated on the beautiful, park-like setting of Decatur, Alabama’s City Hall Campus, the festival offers a destination for visiting art enthusiasts and area residents to spend time sharing ideas, purchasing art and immersing themselves in the artistic experience.

River Clay Fine Arts Festival
River Clay Fine Arts Festival
River Clay Fine Arts Festival
River Clay Fine Arts Festival

The River Clay Artist Market Features:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metalwork
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

Fun for the Whole Family

Chalk Art

In 2019, River Clay added chalk art to the festival. Leading up to the festival, local art students work to create pieces of art around town as a prelude to a professional chalk art competition during the festival. Artists work on site during the festival, allowing patrons to watch them while they create chalk masterpieces.

River Clay chalk art
Childrens art tent at River Clay

Children’s Art Activities

Children are welcome at River Clay! Young and Young-at-Heart will enjoy the many children’s art activities available during the festival. Coordinated by a group of fun, creative artists and art teachers, participants of all ages will love the opportunity to create with friends and family.

Student Art Exhibit

In addition to the experienced artists, River Clay celebrates our up-and-coming student artists! Festival goers will enjoy seeing the display of artwork representing students from public and private schools across Decatur, Hartselle, and Morgan County.

Student art tent at River Clay
Picnic at River Clay

Food Trucks

Food trucks will be on site offering festival patrons a chance to refuel before going back through the artist market to pick up the perfect piece of art! Beer and wine will also be available. Grab a bite and picnic in “the grove” or get a beverage and keep shopping!

River Clay Rendezvous

River Clay kicks off Friday night with River Clay Rendezvous, an arts patron preview party. It’s a festive night of food and drink, and attendees get the FIRST opportunity to browse the River Clay Artist Market… which means the first chance to purchase as well!

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River Clay Rendezvous patrons