COSTA MESA — A stark art gallery was brought to life Thursday afternoon with colorful paintings.
But even more colorful — and excited — were the artists themselves.
In a whirl of hot pink, purple and red, tutu-clad Ruby Anne Cesario, 4, broke into a run as she crossed the gallery with her family to show them her painting of a branch from an apple tree in front of a fence.
"Having [her painting] in the gallery is great," said Ruby's mother, Anne Cesario. "And it's a great experience for her."
Orange Coast College hosted the one-day "Language of Paint" exhibit, which displayed 24 paintings in the children's gallery of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. Pre-kindergarten students from the campus' Harry & Grace Steele Children's Center created the works.
The exhibit showcased the 4- and 5-year-olds' paintings, the photographs they were based on, and a photo collection showing each child's process.