It’s a good thing chalk doesn’t melt. Because if it did, today would have been the day for it.

Chalk artists endured sweltering heat both from the bright sun above and the hot pavement below during Riverhead’s annual street painting festival Sunday. Through sheer determination, the artists coaxed their personal masterpieces from the tar pavement on Main Street. Some took cover in the shade of portable umbrellas provided by BNB Bank. Others took frequent breaks in the shelter of shadows cast by buildings on the south side of the street.

Attendance at the perennially popular festival was down this year, with the hot weather undoubtedly a factor.

Clouds moved in late in the afternoon, providing much welcome respite from the day’s brutal heat.

The Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival was established by East End Arts in 1996.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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