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'Community Mosaic' at Riverhead festival

The East End Arts Council will host the 15th annual Riverhead “Community Mosaic” Street Painting Festival on Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

The event features street painting on varying-sized squares of sidewalk on East Main Street, which will be closed between Roanoke Avenue and East Street to accommodate the festival.

The festival will also feature an arts and crafts show and sale, live music, a drumming and dance circle, and activities for children.

Jean Caiola, the arts council's special events coordinator, said the longstanding event celebrates the ancient art of mosaics and was inspired by a 30-foot-long tile mosaic that hangs at the council office in Riverhead.

She said the mosaic was created about 20 years ago, and each tile was painted separately by an individual or group in the Riverhead community.

“The idea of the community mosaic is celebrated every year with the street painting festival,” she said.

Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to purchase 4-by-6-foot squares for $20 at the festival. Chalk will be provided.

Squares can also be reserved in advance. Businesses can purchase a 4-by-6 square for $150, families for $100. A 6-by-8 foot square cost $250; and an 8-by-8 square costs $350.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the East End Arts Council’s Community School of Music scholarship fund.

For more information on the festival or to register for a square in advance, e-mail Caiola at or call 631-727-0900.

The rain date for the festival is Monday, May 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Above: 2008 “Community Mosaic” Street Painting Festival in Riverhead

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