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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, January 24, Lighthouse Field State Beach, 740 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz map

Views of the ocean from the bluff top along West Cliff Drive, views of the Santa Cruz pier and Boardwalk, surfers in Steamer Lane, an easily accessible beach, Mark Abbott Lighthouse and surfing museum.  We may see some late departing monarch butterflies.  Meet the organizers by the lighthouse.

Directions: Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz and go north on Highway 1 for 3 miles to Bay Street.  Turn left on Bay Street and go 1 mile.  At the end of the street turn right on W. Cliff Drive and go 0.8 miles.  The largest parking lots are off W. Cliff Drive just before you come to the lighthouse.

Carpooling is encouraged.  There is a convenient lot to use as a “park and ride” lot in Los Gatos: exit Highway 17 at Highway 9, proceed west, go through the University Avenue intersection and almost immediately turn right into the first parking lot.  Contact the paintsite coordinators if you want help with carpooling.

Mark Abbott Lighthouse


Thursday, January 31, Downtown Pleasanton and CWA National Exhibition, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton 94566 map

This community has a charming old downtown, just waiting to be painted with attractive red brick buildings along tree lined streets. After lunch we will visit the Firehouse Arts Center to view the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition where paintsite regular Tiangong Liu and other SCVWS members have art displayed in this juried prestigious exhibition.

We will meet at the Firehouse Arts Center where nearby painting subjects are an enormous Eucalyptus tree and cute Victorian homes.  The historic downtown is only one block away and has lots of benches where we could sit and paint.

Directions: Take 680 north to Sunol Blvd Pleasanton (Exit 25). Turn right onto Sunol Blvd which turns into First Street and go 1.5 miles.  Turn left on Neal St and go one block, turn right on Railroad Ave and the Arts Center is on the right within the first block.  Very limited street parking (some street parking has time limit) or continue past the Arts Center, and immediately past the building turn right where you see the blue Parking sign.  Meet at the Firehouse Arts Center which faces First Street.  The historic downtown is along Main Street which is parallel to Railroad and one block west of Railroad.

Thursday, February 7, 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, 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 0.2 miles, turn right onto Broadway and drive 0.8 miles.  Either continue another block and the history museum is on the right or turn left onto Jefferson Ave and the parking garage is on the right.

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

Thursday, February 14, Paintsite to be determined

The location of this paintsite will be announced on the SCVWS website and by email by February 10, 2019.

Thursday, February 21: Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Blvd, San Jose, map

We will be painting in the beautiful garden of this wonderful wandering Victorian mansion designed to baffle the evil spirits that haunted Sarah Winchester.

Directions: If traveling South on 280, exit at Winchester Blvd., turn left on Moorpark and left again on Winchester Blvd and mansion is on your left. From other highways take the Stevens Creek exit, go West on Stevens Creek, turn left on Winchester Blvd., the mansion will be on your right.

Tell them at the gate that you are with the watercolor society and will be painting in the garden. There will be no charge. 

Thursday February 28: Belgatos Park, 308 Belgatos Lane, Los Gatos, 95032 map

This 17 acre neighborhood park has oak trees, playground, lawn areas, and hiking trails which connect to the Santa Rosa Open Space and the Heintz Open Space.  The trails in the open space have elevation gain giving a valley vista.

Directions: From Highway 85 heading east, take the Union Ave exit, turn left on Samaritan Drive, then right (south) on Union Ave.  From Highway 85 heading west, take the Union Ave exit, then turn right (south) on Union Ave.

For all drivers, drive about 1 mile on Union Ave, turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd and drive 0.6 mile, turn right on Belgatos Rd and drive 0.4 miles.  The park is at the end of Belgatos Road.  Street parking or small parking lot inside the park.

Belgatos Park by Rich Bloechl

"View from Belgatos Park" by Rich Bloechl

  Weekend Paintsites  

WHERE: Santa Clara Fire Museum

1900 Walsh Avenue (located in the parking lot behind Fire Station 2)

Santa Clara, CA 95050  map


TIME: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Santa Clara Fire Museum houses firefighting artifacts and memorabilia that firefighters have used since 1855 including axes, nozzles, fire extinguishers, and other tools.  Compare the technology of yesterday and today, and see how firefighting has changed over the years.  The museum is operated by volunteers from the Saint Clare Hook & Ladder Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are thrilled to host us. The indoor museum is open Sundays from noon to 5 PM and will be warm and dry.

We also get a close up look at a practice tower.  Unfortunately the old engines are housed at a different site.

Santa Clara Fire Museum

Saturday February 16, 10:00 AM Stanford Red Barn (Stanford Equestrian Intercollegiate Riding and Equestrian Center), 100 Electioneer RdStanfordCA 94305  Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Electioneer Rd and Fremont Dr/Fremont Rd

In 1876 Governor Leland Stanford purchased Mayfield Grange, about 650 acres along San Francisquito Creek near Menlo Park. Over the next ten years, he continued to acquire property in the area until his holdings included over 8000 acres of orchard, vineyard, grazing land, stables, and training tracks. It was on the Palo Alto Stock Farm that Stanford would continue his experiments in the breeding and training of trotting horses. Two buildings from the Stock Farm survive today. The Victorian Red Barn, built between 1878 and 1880, served as the training stable for the stock farm. 

The Stock Farm was also the site of Eadweard Muybridge’s famed photographs of “horses in motion.” Governor Stanford hired Muybridge, then a well-known landscape photographer, to prove his theory that a trotter, at its fastest gait, momentarily has all four feet off the ground. Muybridge confirmed Stanford’s idea by working with railroad engineers in 1877 to develop a technique to take a sequence of images that captured a trotter’s actual movement. The site was ideal for Muybridge's photography experiments. The combination of his "souped up" emulsion on glass plates, California's bright sunlight, and talented models (horses and riders) proved ideal for the project. A plaque commemorates the role Muybridge and Stanford played in the early development of moving pictures. 

 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 Marilyn Perry, Brad Santos, Jane Saltman) if you have trouble locating the group at the site.  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.