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Chris Dyer (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Peruvian Canadian artist Chris Dyer of Montreal began his multi-day interactive “Art on the River” event Thursday.

Dyer, 36, is the East End Arts artist-in-residence and is staying in the carriage house on the organization’s East Main Street campus from August 20 through 23. He hopes the exhibit will bring awareness, healing and protection to the Peconic Estuary.

He toured the Long Island Aquarium exhibits and after painted a  nearby 25-foot boat with images inspired from his visit, which he said gave him incredible energy.

“I feel like I’m doing the work for the right people,” he said. “There are so many good walls in Riverhead to paint on with quality artists from other places.”

He noted that Montreal has many amazing murals, nearly one on every corner.

“Street art is the most popular form these days. I see this in Montreal and how it has done good and art is the reason for increased tourism,” he said. “Art is important.”

Click here for more information about his residency. The residency coincide with the sixth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race to be held on the riverfront on Sunday at noon.