Young Masters Art Show: Celebrating the Artists of the Future

By Natasha Ganes

Young artist Olivia Ganes with her painting, The Pumpkin
Young artist Olivia Ganes with her painting, The Pumpkin

Last weekend, the artwork from almost 600 Southern California students (aged kindergarten through grade 6) was on display at the opening-day festivities of the 25th annual Young Masters Art Show. Each school within the Irvine Unified School District selected one piece of student art per class, which will then be displayed at Irvine City Hall for the next two weeks.

The budding young artists were celebrated on opening day with live entertainment, balloon artists, creative art activities, face painting, and of course a whole lot of proud family members. I was one of them: my seven-year-old niece’s painting The Pumpkin was nominated for exhibition in the show. Obviously, a love of the arts runs in our family (check out her dad’s work here), which is amazing. More importantly though, as I’ve said on here before, is that programs such Young Masters continue to honor and encourage the creativity of young artists year after year.

The Young Masters program is held in collaboration with the school district, the City of Irvine, Arts Orange County, and Imagination Celebration of Orange County. To view all of the student art, visit: For more information about the Young Masters Art Show, go to: