The 21st annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival drew a great crowd to downtown Riverhead today, where chalk artists created colorful and often masterful works of art on the pavement canvas of East Main Street.

Spectators strolled the festival watching the artwork emerge from the pavement in glorious variety: from Disney characters to landscapes to the metaphysical and the traditional — the Madonna portraits in which street painting has its roots — Main Street became the mosaic that gives the festival its name.

Hosted by East End Arts, the Community Mosaic has grown over the more than two decades of its existence into a favorite street festival drawing participants and spectators from all over the region.

The free festival included an assortment of vendors, live music on the showmobile stage on the East End Arts grounds, plus a day-long modeling clay workshop on the Main Street lot that is the future home of the Artida Cultural Center.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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