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Athens square to become outdoor art gallery Sept. 8

ATHENS — The Athens square will become an outdoor art gallery the second Saturday in September.

The second annual Art on the Square will be Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Last year, I had to remind myself I was in Athens. The artwork and meeting the artists under the trees was reminiscent of a trip to Europe," said Diane Lehr, artist and AOTS secretary.

More than 40 regional artists will display and sell their original artwork in a variety of mediums including painting, clay, photography, jewelry, mixed media and more.

"I love buying art from local artists," said Trisha Black, AOTS president. "You can own a one-of-kind art piece that has a story, without breaking the bank."

Artwork from area students who participated in an art contest in the spring will be on display at area business. Winners in three different age categories will receive a $50 certificate to purchase art supplies.

There will other activities as well. On the Railroad Bazaar stage, Kenneth Brown, Free 24-7, Cristina Lynn and the Huntsville Community Choir will perform throughout the day. There will be Tai Chi demonstrations, interpretative dance and youth dance group performances.

The "Athenian Arts" area on Market Street will offer free art activities for children. Activities include painting, bead making, clay, story time, tie-dye shirts and a booth to fish for art supplies.

Art lovers have to eat too, and there will be funnel cakes, shaved ice, barbecue, pizza, roasted corn and lemonade and colas. Downtown restaurants will also be open during the event.

There is no admission to the event.

For more information, go online to

Art on the Square Inc. is a nonprofit organization, created by volunteers to support local artists, promote art education and bring one-day cultural events to downtown Athens.

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