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Art on the Lake at Lake Martin

Art on the Lake, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2018, provides an opportunity for artists from all over the Southeast to showcase their art. Original work, including canvas, jewelry, pottery and sculpture are available for purchase with a portion of the sale benefitting Children’s Harbor.

If you would like to sponsor, volunteer or make a contribution to Children's Harbor, please contact Rachael White at 334-857-2037.

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  • On the shores of Lake Martin

    The Art on the Lake festival is held on the shores of beautiful Lake Martin at Children's Harbor.

    Art on the Lake at Lake Martin
  • Something for everyone

    In years past, many have come - and found - art for their home, office, as a special gift and even as an accessory to their wardrobe. We expect you'll find the same.

    Art on the Lake at Lake Martin
  • Entertainment on Saturday

    If you like music and entertainment, Saturday is your day to be at Art on the Lake. Come around lunch time and enjoy lunch and entertainment on the shoreline.

    Art on the Lake at Lake Martin

About the Festival

Located on the serene grounds of Children’s Harbor Chapel and Hank’s Cabin - against the lapping waves of Lake Martin, this year we celebrate the Art on the Lake's 11th festival year! Last year, 47 artisans presented fine arts and handmade crafts to a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

It's free to attend, though a portion of your art purchases help support Children’s Harbor in continuing its mission to provide camp, counseling and support services to seriously ill children and their families.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26 - 27, 2018, Memorial Day Weekend, is the perfect time for those doing spring cleaning and redecorating to bring new life to their home and wardrobe with original works from local artisans.

How to get there

Children's Harbor is on Lake Martin at Kowaliga, near Alexander City, Alabama. View on Google Maps. You can park free at Time Capsule Park and catch one of the continuous shuttles running to and from the festival.

Make the most of it

You'll find unique art, great company, entertainment and food waiting on you! With the lake just a few steps away, you can take some time to cool off along the shoreline too.

Assistance with transit

Don't let the worry of getting your purchases back to your vehicle keep you from bringing home your favorite pieces. Assistance will be available to get your purchases to your vehicle.

Unique art and jewelry from 40+ artisans.


This Memorial Day weekend, both Saturday and Sunday — May 27 - 28, will be buzzing with activity. Join us at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday will include: Artists and their artwork and crafts will be available all day, lunch from one or more vendors and live entertainment.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday will include: Artists and their artwork and crafts will be available all day.

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Artist Application

Thank you for considering the opportunity to showcase your art to a unique art loving community. Below you will find details on next steps you can take as well as helpful guidelines to help you plan for the festival.

A growing festival with a great cause

Last year, 47 artisans like yourself came together for a great weekend of displaying their artwork, meeting new clients, and raising funds for Children's Harbor. With their help last year, we were able to continue to provide camps, counseling and support services to children with long-term serious illnesses and their families. Thank you for being a part of this year's event. We believe it will be even better than last year!

Preparing for the Festival

To help you prepare for the festival, please review our guidelines for set up and breakdown of your space and other tips that will ensure your weekend goes smoothly. Review details.

Submitting your Application

The deadline for entries has passed. Please check Facebook or Twitter for an official announcement of the winning artist and information about next year's contest!

About Us

Children’s Harbor provides children with serious illnesses and their families a place to be themselves – to have fun and relax – while also receiving no-cost services that make life a bit easier for the whole family.

Strengthening children and families

In 1987, Ben and Luanne Russell began dreaming of building a place for children and families on Lake Martin on property provided by Russell Lands. The dream became a reality in 1989 with the dedication ceremonies for Children's Harbor, a facility with the primary purpose of hosting camping and retreat services through partnering organizations, providing patients and families a place of rest and restoration.

A replica of the Plymouth Lighthouse is a prominent icon of Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin and is visible from the Kowaliga Bridge. The lighthouse symbolizes our goal of helping children and families find their way through the treacherous waters in which they sometimes find themselves.

How to Get Here

Traveling to Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin:

  • From Montgomery, Alabama, it will take about 1 hour.
  • From Birmingham, Alabama, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Columbus, Georgia, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Dothan, Alabama, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Atlanta, Georgia, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Mobile, Alabama, it will take about 3 hours.
  • From Meridian, Mississippi, it will take about 3.5 hours.

View on Google Maps.