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East End Arts 21st Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival (posted May 1, 2017)

East End Arts 21st Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival (posted May 1, 2017)

News Release

Press contact: Stephanie Israel
Images available upon request

East End Arts 21st Annual
Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival
Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Downtown Riverhead

(RIVERHEAD, NY, May 1, 2017) –– East End Arts is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival to be held Sunday, May 28, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in downtown Riverhead, NY. Admission is free. The festival features street painting, an art form dating back to 16th Century Italy – called “I Madonnari” – where street painters created works of art in front of cathedrals to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. Today, street painters at the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival create images ranging from: pop culture to historical figures, portraits to landscapes, comedy to tragedy. This beloved annual fun-for-the-entire-family festival includes street painting on Main Street, a fine arts & crafts fair featuring local artists and artisans, live music and performance, a drum circle, gourmet food trucks, various arts, crafts, dance, and music activities for the whole family, and more. Stay connected with our online community using #eearts.

For more information about the event, to register to be a street painter, or for an artist vendor application, visit

This event draws over 5,000 local residents and tourists to downtown Riverhead for a Memorial Day Weekend tradition where families and friends, artists, musicians, and lovers of the arts, young and old, enjoy the creative spirit together. All activities take place in downtown Riverhead on East Main Street, between Roanoke Ave and East Avenue, and on the grounds of East End Arts (133 and 141 East Main Street.) In the case of rain, the event will be held on Monday, May 29, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The 21st Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. East End Arts extends thanks to lead sponsor, Bridgehampton National Bank, as well as the Knapp Swezey Foundation, Suffolk County, Teachers Federal Credit Union, Town of Riverhead, Long Island Pulse,, Martha Clara Vineyards, and Riverhead Building Supply. Many sponsorship opportunities are available; contact East End Arts for more info.

For more information, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900 or
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.