River Clay Arts Festival in Decatur

Decatur, Alabama is the site of the annual River Clay Fine Arts Festival which normally takes place on the fourth weekend of each September on the campus of Decatur’s City Hall. Over 70 talented artists from 9 states exhibit their art and wares, much of it available for sale.

River Clay Arts Festival collage.

In 2021, the event was postponed due to the pandemic and was held in mid-October.

The River Clay Fine Arts Festival

There is something for just about everyone at the River Clay Fine Arts Festival. There are artist demonstrations, student art exhibits, children’s make-and-take art activities, ironwork, musical performances, and food trucks. And for those who aren’t feeling particularly “artsy,” there are plenty of beautiful creations to simply admire.

Below are some pictures from the 2017 and 2021 River Clay Fine Arts Festivals:

Stained glass decoration.
Fused glass artwork by Natalie Young of Huntsville (2021)
Dogs sculpted out of metal.
Picture of a hand drawn mechanical bee.
Small table with resin center.
Wooden Bench by Audrey Alverson of Riverside, Alabama (2021)
Bottle caps painted with various pictures.
Shot glasses designed to look like zombies.
Handcrafted Shot Glasses by Carolyn Wass of Birmingham (2017)
Picture of a woman with pink hair and a green shirt.
Underachievement in Fine Art by Scotty White (2017)
Bottle caps made into a peace sign.
Recycled Artwork by Donna DiGiorgio (2017)
Eight wooden pens on a piece of burlap.
Tuscaloosa magnet sets.
Handcrafted gray and black tea kettle with red accents.
Handcrafted vase with top.
Ceramic Vase by Timothy Weber of Nashville (2021)
Magnets made from a picture of painted copper pots.
Original Artwork by Anita Bice of Moody, Alabama (2017)
Wooden birdhouses.
One-of-a-Kind Birdhouses by Frank Saggus of Wing Ding Constructions (2021)
Children's Art Activities sign.
Children's art on display.
Artwork by local students (2021)
Woman creating design on sidewalk with chalk.
Sidewalk Art by Sonia Summers (2021)

While not technically art, these food trucks offered culinary creations to help satisfy hungry patrons at the festival.

Food trucks by a sidewalk.

Diners can walk, eat, and shop or opt to dine underneath the trees.

People eating at a table underneath the trees.

Admission to the River Clay Arts Festival is only $5 per person.


To see more pictures from the 2017 River Clay Fine Arts Festival, visit the Southern Kissed Facebook page by clicking here. For pictures from the 2021 festival, visit the River Clay Festival Facebook page.

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