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Thursday Paintsites

 Thursday, February 13:  UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Santa Cruz map

There are literally thousands of interesting individual plants in the Arboretum’s collections.  We are scheduling a visit in February because we want to paint the proteas and other blooming Southern Hemisphere plants. The “What’s Blooming” link has highlights.  The garden is also an excellent and accessible place for bird watching.  Admission is $5 per person (not per car).

Please follow our normal rules for painting in a garden:  instead of discarding your painting water on the ground, please take it home with you.

Directions: Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.  Turn north on Highway 1 and drive about 2 miles.  Turn right on Bay St and drive about 1 mile.  Turn left onto High St at the base of campus (don’t go in the main entrance).  Drive on High Street for about .5 mile, and the entrance to the Arboretum is to your right.  Their directions suggest that you use “1490 High Street” as an approximate street address for GPS purposes.  Carpools suggested due to distance from Bay Area.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum by Brad Santos

“UC Santa Cruz Arboretum” by Brad Santos

Thursday, February 20, San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City map

We will paint views of the handsome San Mateo County History Museum from Courthouse Square.  The museum is housed in the 1910 County Courthouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The inside of the rotunda is as beautiful on the inside as the dome is on the outside, so you may wish to pay museum admission, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, to view the courthouse from the inside.

There is parking at the Jefferson Garage, 830 Jefferson Ave map, which is free for first 1 1/2 hours and $0.25 each hour thereafter.  Take your ticket with you and pay at the machine before you go back to your car.  There are other more expensive nearby garages or metered parking on the street.

Directions:  Drive north on US-101 to Redwood City, take exit 408 for CA-84 W/Woodside Rd, continue for about 0.4 miles, as soon as you have gone through the underpass under US 101 turn right onto Veterans Blvd and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Main St and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto Broadway and go about 0.1 miles to the intersection of Jefferson Ave.  Either continue another block and the history museum is on the right or turn left onto Jefferson Ave, go 1 / 2 block and the parking garage is on the right (look for “Public Parking” sign).

The following website has a map and other routes to the museum:

If you can handle your art gear on the train, the Redwood City CalTrain station is only about 2 blocks from the History Museum.  From the train walk north on Winslow Street away from the railroad tracks for one block, turn right on Broadway and walk 1 1 / 2 blocks and the museum is on your left.

Thursday, February 27: Along the Alameda, 1341 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 map

We are going to take a trip down the same memory lane as the weekend Paintsites to see the architecture of 1950s San Jose, but this time with Thursday Paintsites. We will meet at 10 AM in front of the the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Parking lots and on-street parking within walking distance.

Directions: From 280 N Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 5B to merge onto I-880 N toward Oakland, take exit 2 for CA-82S. Merge onto The Alameda. Your destination will be on your right. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 Los Gatos Creek Trail Hike and Sketch, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos map

This Hike and Sketch Paintsite is planned to coincide with the SCVWS Annual Exhibit at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center. Our Hike and Sketch route begins on the section of the Los Gatos Trail behind the JCC near Lark Ave and continues along the creek towards Lake Vasona and will return to the JCC via the same route. We plan to hike in short segments allowing artists ample time to sketch views of the creek, the dam and the lake. Non-hikers may choose to paint on the trail closest to the Center. We have permission to use restrooms at the JCC before we head out on the trail. Hikers will meet at 10 AM in the Addison-Penzak JCC parking lot near the tennis courts located at the end closest to Lark Ave.

Directions: Take the CA-85 SOUTH toward CUPERTINO/SANTA CRUZ/GILROY, then the CA-17 exit south toward SANTA CRUZ. Exit the LARK AVE then turn right on LARK AVE. Turn right on OKA RD. The entrance to the parking lot is the first left.

Thursday, March 12, 2020: Santa Clara Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara map

This 52 acre park has a lake with fountains, wisteria which should be blooming, ducks, geese, turtles, many large trees, George F. Haines International Swim Center, lawn bowling green, and the Central Park Library.

Directions :  From 280 exit on Saratoga Ave North.  Drive north approx. 0.2 miles and turn left at the light at Kiely Blvd.  Continue on Kiely Blvd approx. 1.5 miles and cross Homestead Rd.  Continue another 350 ft past Homestead Rd, and the parking lot is on your right.  The parking lot is the very first thing you see of Central Park. Please note that these directions are for the parking area with the shortest walking distance to the Wisteria and could be different from your GPS directions which may take you to a more distant parking area.


Thursday, March 19, 2020: Los Altos Heritage Orchard Park, 13 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, 94022 map

The main focus is the blossoming apricots at the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, one of the last active apricot orchards in the Santa Clara Valley. Artists can also visit the grounds of the nearby History House.

Directions to History House: From Foothill Expressway, take San Antonio North.  Look for the Los Altos Library (13 South San Antonio) and City Hall; the orchard is on the opposite side of the library main entrance. Parking is limited due to construction at the Hillview Community Center. Continue past the library entrance and try parking by the museum first, then library parking lot (arriving around 9:45 am before the library opens at 10 am is your best bet), or on Hillview Avenue. You can also try the lot by City Hall. As a last resort, park on Cielito Dr. or E. Edith Ave, and walk the little path by the baseball field to the museum.  We will meet at the north side of the library near the orchard. See the map below.

Los Altos History Museum  parking map



Thursday, March 26, 2020 Kirk-Farrington House, 1615 Dry Creek Road, San Jose, 95125 map

We have special permission to paint at the Kirk-Farrington House in San Jose. The house is a beautiful white Italianate-style Victorian built in 1878 by Theophilus Kirk. The garden has some lovely plantings including wisteria, roses and (hopefully) peonies in bloom. We have been asked specifically not to dispose of waste water or paint supplies on the grounds, and we suggest that you bring a separate empty container to remove your used painting water.

Directions: Check a map for best directions from your area. From the North, Hwy 280 exit Meridian Ave south and turn left on Dry Creek Road. From the South exit Hwy 85 at Branham Lane, left on Meridian, right on Dry Creek, or exit Hwy 17 at Hamilton Ave East, right on Meridian, left on Dry Creek. Please park on the street because the house and grounds including the gates for the on-site parking lot are locked at 1:00 PM.

  Weekend Paintsites 

WHAT  Reflections of San Jose  with 2020 hindsight!
WHERE San Jose along The Alameda
WHEN 02-22-20 ( Reflective date!)
Reflections along The Alameda -Lets take a trip down memory lane and see the 1950s era frontage of Towne Theatre and new Murals. We will meet near Hanchett and The Alameda. There are parking lots and on-street lots 1341 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126.
Weekend paint sites will be meeting in the afternoon this month from 2 to 4. There are blocks with interesting architecture including Green Design Indoor Outdoor Plantscape and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. We will be painting outside in front of these places so bring a chair, stool, and the usual art supplies.
Westminster Presbyterian CHurch
"Westminster Presbyterian Church", photo by Jayne Sonnenschein
Green Design Indoor Outdoor Plantscape
"Green Design Indoor Outdoor Plantscape", photo by Jayne Sonnenschein

Saturday, March 14, Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard 10 am 1 pm
570 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Spring is upon us and hopefully we can catch the  Blenheim apricot orchard in bloom.. The paint  site also  offers a replica of the Martin Murphy family home, Bianchi Barn and historical farm implements. 

Directions: From 280 take De Anza Blvd. (which becomes Saratoga Sunnyvale) north and go one mile. Turn right onto E Fremont Ave and go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Manet Dr, go 0.4 miles driving past the orchard, turn right at the “Museum” sign into the parking lot, and follow “Museum” and “Orchard Heritage Park” signs.


 General Information

The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible.  The organizers will be there from around 10:00 a.m. and will always carry cell phones (numbers in Member Directory for Jane Saltman) if you have trouble locating the group at the site.  Alison Turner leads our weekend paintsites. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site.  After lunch we share our paintings and pictures are taken (if desired) for posting on the paintsite blog.

In case of rain or other unforeseen events:  Cancellation will be announced on and on the home page by 8 AM on the day of the event.  Cancellation will also be announced by email to members, but the timing of SCVWS paintsite email cannot be guaranteed.