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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, January 9: Sikh Gurdwara Temple, 3636 Gurdwara Ave, San Jose map

This is the largest Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship) in North America.  The temple is a stunning building which was completed in 2011.  It is located on the side of a hill with a commanding view of San Jose.  Anyone entering the temple or the kitchen where they serve free food is required to wear a head covering which they have available.  Meet on the plaza in front of the temple.

Directions: Exit 101 at Capitol Expy and drive east on Capitol Expy.  In less than one mile turn right on Aborn Rd and drive 2.7 miles.  Turn left onto Gurdwara Ave, drive .7 miles, and the large parking lot is on the right.

Thursday, January 16:  Don Edwards Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd, Alviso map


This paintsite is cancelled due to forecast of heavy rain at paintsite time!

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers an oasis for both waterfowl and shorebirds. Its Environmental Education Center in Alviso is surrounded by uplands, marshes, salt ponds, and a freshwater tidal slough.  The education building contains a small enclosed observation tower that gives a bird’s eye view of the marshes. 

Directions:  From Hwy 237 in San Jose, turn north onto Zanker Road and go 2.3 miles, make a sharp right turn onto Grand Blvd and go 0.8 miles.

Thursday, January 23:  Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S. King Rd, San Jose 95116 map

There is an historic Victorian house and gardens, barns, vegetable gardens, pond, animals including lots of chickens, and rusting farm equipment. 

Directions: Exit off Highway 280/680 at King Road. Go south on King Rd by turning right if coming on 280, left if coming on 680 heading south.  Park entrance is about 1 block on right.

Emma Prusch Farm Scene by Susan Butler-Graham 

“Emma Prusch Farm Scene” by Susan Butler-Graham

Thursday, January 30: Paintsite to be determined

The location of this paintsite will be announced on the SCVWS website and by email by January 26, 2020.

Thursday, February 6:  Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA map

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve is a beautiful mixture of rolling savanna grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest. The view from the parking lot is lovely, and the leaders plan to paint from there.

Please park in designated spots in the parking lot.  There is absolutely no overflow parking, so please use carpools.

Directions:  From I-280 in San Mateo County, exit on Page Mill Road and turn onto Page Mill Rd towards the Ocean, go about 0.5 miles on Page Mill Rd, turn right onto Arastradero Rd, go about 0.5 miles, and turn right into the parking lot.

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: Paintsite to be determined

The location of this paintsite will be announced on the SCVWS website and by email by February 23, 2020.

  Weekend Paintsites  

  No Weekend Paintsite in January... Enjoy the Holiday Party!

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

 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, 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.