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Thursday Paintsites

 Maps to Paintsites

We are no longer providing a map of the site.  With most people able to access digital maps from iPhones, GPS, and computers, the homemade sketch maps have become redundant.  Click on a paint site address below to go to Google Maps for that paint site location.  


Thursday, October 19: Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley 94028 map

This beautiful vineyard has long views of near and distant hills and trees, winery buildings and home, barn, pond, swimming pool and cabana (that’s where the restroom is).

Directions: Take 280 to Palo Alto.  Exit on Alpine Road and continue south on Alpine Road (follow signs to Portola Valley) for 2.6 miles.  Turn left onto Los Trancos Rd and drive 0.5 miles.  The sign for Portola Vineyards will be on your left.  Note that street numbers are not sequential near the vineyards.  This private vineyard is opened specially for us, so do not arrive before 10 AM.

Thursday, October 26: AeroDynamic Aviation, Reid Hillview Airport, 2650 Robert Fowler Way, San Jose, 95148 map

This is one of the oldest flying schools in the area.  Before his retirement it was owned and operated by Zdravko Podolski, husband of SCVWS member Marion Podolski. There are all different kinds of small airplanes lined up on the ramp, people coming and going, a hangar full of aviation equipment, the airport terminal building, or you can sit by the runway and watch planes taking off. Check in at AeroDynamic’s front desk when you arrive, to get a map of the airport indicating safe areas that have interesting things to paint. Drinks machine and restrooms also available there, and in the airport terminal building.

Directions: The entrance to Reid Hillview Airport is on Capitol Expressway, between Tully Rd and Ocala Ave. From 101, exit Capitol Expressway East, go 2.5 miles, turn left at the light on Cunningham Ave. From 680, exit Capitol Expressway, go south 2 miles, turn right at the lights at Cunningham Ave. You'll see AeroDynamic Aviation on your right - to reach it, turn right immediately on John Montgomery Dr. as you enter the airport, then first left. Parking at AeroDynamic, or on Robert Fowler Way.

Thursday, November 2:  Sunnyvale Baylands Park, 999 E. Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale map

This developed city park has grassy fields, many types of trees, tree-lined paths, a test garden, geometric sculptures, and panoramic views of the East Bay Hills.  There probably will not be water in the seasonal wetlands.

Directions:  From 101 take the Lawrence Expressway exit and drive north.  After it crosses over Hwy 237, turn right at the first stoplight into the park.  Watch out for the speed bump just before the entrance station.  No fees are collected at this time of the year. Park in the first parking lot on your right.

Thursday, November 9:  Pao-Hua Buddhist Temple, 2946 McKee Road, San Jose map

We have permission to paint at this beautiful Buddhist temple in San Jose. The temple has complex roof decorations, a courtyard and several decorated shrines. This is an active place of worship so please be respectful of where you set up to paint, do not block temple doors or shrines, and speak quietly.

Directions:  From Hwy 680 take McKee Road East almost 0.6 miles. The temple is on the right where the road narrows between Capitol Avenue and North White Road, before the lights at Francis/Challenger Road. Parking is available through the gates.

Pao-Hua Buddhist Temple by Leslie Grimm

Artwork by Leslie Grimm

Thursday, November 16, Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga map

Vineyards, wine tasting barn, winery equipment, stables, and horses.  They are both a working horse ranch and a winery, so please be respectful of folks and your subjects by setting up out of the way of cars, tractors, people, and horses.

Directions: From Hwy 85 take De Anza Blvd. exit and go south for 1 mile; right on Pierce Rd for 1.8 miles; right on Mt Eden Rd for 1 mile; right on Garrod Rd for about 0.1 mile.  Watch for signs for Garrod Farms, Wine Tasting and Stables.

Thursday, November 30, Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Rancho San Antonio, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino map

About a mile from the parking lot is a quaint old cabin and a collection of farm buildings, animals and gardens at Deer Hollow Farm, and there are several places to stop and sketch on the way.  The hikers will leave the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. Bring a packed lunch, hat, sunscreen and travel light on the art supplies.  Those who do not wish to hike will find subject matter in the hills and the Mary Knoll Seminary, and can paint from the parking lot.

Directions: Take 280 to Foothill Blvd. and go south. The first right turn is Cristo Rey Drive. The park is some distance along this road past a traffic circle. Park entrance is on the left. As you come into the park you will see several parking lots, aim for the one that is furthest along, where the restrooms are.  If that lot is full, as is often the case, use an upper lot and walk to the restroom area.  Carpools suggested due to limited parking.

  Weekend Paintsites  

 Saturday, October 14: Pumpkin Patch at Jacobs Farm, Martial Cottle CP, 5299 Snell Ave, San Jose map

The farmstand at Jacobs Farm offers year-round bounty from their organic gardens at Martial Cottle County Park.  In October they have a Pumpkin Patch with a large assortment of creatively displayed pumpkins plus corn stalks, corn maze, etc.  They are located within Martial Cottle CP.  Whereas there is an admission fee for the County Park, there is no fee to visit the pumpkin patch.

Directions: From Highway 85 South, take the Blossom Hill Rd exit and turn left on Blossom Hill Rd.  Travel approximately .5 miles and turn left onto Snell Ave.  Travel approximately .5 miles and the Snell Entrance to Martial Cottle CP is on your left.  Turn left into the County Park, then almost immediately turn left again to follow the road to the pumpkin patch.

Saturday, November 18: Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070 map

10:00 AM Meet on the lawn in front of the Villa

Directions: From Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd, turn south onto Montalvo Rd and drive on this winding road about one mile. Parking in Lots 2, 3, or 4.

Bring water, sketching stool or portable chair.  

Restrooms available on site near the Gallery.

Painting opportunities abound

• Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912  

• Italianate Gardens with gazebos, cottages

• Outdoor sculptures

Photo of Villa Montalvo

   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 below) 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.   Maps are not to scale - check a map or Google Maps for specific directions. 

In case of rain:  Cancellation will be announced on the “Thursday Paintsites” area of 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.