Photo: Alek Lewis

The 25th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival brought colorful chalk art, music, dance and family fun to East Main Street yesterday.

Chalk artists of all ages and experience create works of art on the pavement, transforming Main Street into a colorfully painted art gallery. The event also showcases performances by music students and faculty at the School of the Arts and other local musicians and dancers, as well as craft artisan vendors.

The festival, hosted by East End Arts, was first held in 1996 and typically takes place on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It was postponed this year due to pandemic concerns. Last year, the festival went virtual because of restrictions then in place on large gatherings.

The event, a fundraiser for the Riverhead-based arts organization, was recognized in 2016 with a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island “for creating a sense of place providing arts, music and culture” downtown.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Alek Lewis

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