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Photos: 20th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival

05/29/2016 7:39 PM |

East End Arts held its 20th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in Riverhead Sunday. Dozens of artists created paintings in designated squares all along Main Street.

A Memorial Day tradition, the festival drew a large crowd to view the artists at work.

Fashioned after the Italian street painters “I Madonnari,” the chalk art form dates back to the 16th century.

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Luke Merz of Babylon works on his design while Elena Gayler of Hampton Bays paints in the background.

Luke Merz of Babylon works on his design while Elena Gayler of Hampton Bays paints in the background.

George Washington in progress.

George Washington in progress.

Jim Karanik of Parker, Colorado.

Jim Karanik of Parker, Colorado.

Erin Shores of Selden paints an otter and a Riverhead PBA badge.

Erin Shores of Selden paints an otter and a Riverhead PBA badge.

Kate Foley, 12, of Riverhead.

Kate Foley, 12, of Riverhead.

Bill Walsh of Middle Island works on Mario.

Bill Walsh of Middle Island works on Mario.

Cassidy Masarik, 6, of Manorville, works on her flower painting.

Cassidy Masarik, 6, of Manorville, works on her flower painting.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

Brooke Ward-Adams of Center Moriches paints a Marine holding a baby.

Brooke Ward-Adams of Center Moriches paints a Marine holding a baby.

The crowd on Main Street.

The crowd on Main Street.

Dillon Realander, 4, of Riverhead has as much chalk on his face as he does on the street.

Dillon Realander, 4, of Riverhead has as much chalk on his face as he does on the street.

Taylor Wagner of East Quogue paints Lilo and Stitch.

Taylor Wagner of East Quogue paints Lilo and Stitch.

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