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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, December 7:  View of Hayes Mansion from Edenvale Gardens Regional Park, 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose map

https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/santaclara/hay.htm

The Hayes Mansion is a lovely Mediterranean Villa which is now run as a convention center by the city of San Jose. The 62 room, 4100 square foot mansion was built in 1905 by E.A. and J.O. Hayes, publishers of the San Jose Mercury and San Jose Herald newspapers, and their families.  We will paint from the Edenvale Gardens Regional Park which has excellent views of the mansion.  The park used to be part of the grounds of the mansion and in the 1960s and 1970s was the site of Frontier Village.

Directions:  From Highway 85 take the Blossom Hill Rd exit and go east on Blossom Hill Rd (turn left onto Blossom Hill if coming from the north, turn right if coming from south), turn left on Snell Ave and go 0.5 miles, turn right onto Chynoweth Ave and go 0.6 miles, turn left onto Edenvale Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Eagle Rock Rd, and turn right almost immediately into the Edenvale Gardens Park parking lot.


Thursday, December 14:  Central Wholesale Nursery, 1670 McKinley Ave, San Jose map

http://www.centralwholesalenursery.com/

We have permission to paint at this beautiful outdoor nursery with Christmas plants:  poinsettias, cyclamen, potted evergreen trees, pottery, fountains, ornaments, etc.  The owners are welcoming to all!

The entrance to their small parking lot is on the Southwest Expressway side near the corner of Leigh Avenue.  Look for the A-Frame sign!  The second entrance on the opposite side of the nursery with lots of street parking is on the T-section of McKinley Ave and La Barbera Dr and De Rose Way.

http://www.centralwholesalenursery.com/directions

Turn by Turn Directions to parking lot on Southwest Expy near Leigh:  Approaching on 280 going east, exit toward Bascom Ave/Leigh Ave, merge onto Moorpark Ave, and go 0.3 miles, turn right onto Leigh Ave and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go about 300 feet, and turn right into the first parking lot.

Approaching on 280 going west (toward San Francisco), take the Race St/Southwest Expy exit, keep left, follow signs for Southwest Expy and go 0.4 miles, continue onto Southwest Expy and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto Fruitdale Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Leigh Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go about 300 feet, and turn right into the first parking lot.

If the parking lot is full, continue on Southwest Expy, take the first right at La Barbera Dr and there is street parking available near the intersection of McKinley Ave at the nursery’s back entrance.


Thursday, December 28: Los Altos Redwood Grove, 482 University Ave, Los Altos 94022 map

https://www.losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/redwood-grove-nature-preserve

This is a lovely preserve of first growth redwoods with a creek running through it.  Let’s make it festive by bringing a treat to share, either sweet or savory.  The paintsite coordinators will bring plates and napkins; please bring your own drink.

Directions: From Foothill Expressway in Los Altos, take Main Street going west, then turn left on University and go 0.2 miles.  The entrance to the grove is marked (although hard to see) on the right.  Street parking.

Redwood Grove by Jane Saltman

"Los Altos Redwood Grove" by Jane Saltman


Thursday, January 4:  Paint Site or Hike & Sketch or Hike & Paint at Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 95060 map  Tentative, depends on driving and trail conditions

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549

You may paint historic ranch buildings or the scenic coastline.  Several restored buildings once belonging to the Wilder family are preserved. The site was originally the main rancho supplying Santa Cruz Mission later becoming a successful dairy ranch. Surrounding grounds include Victorian homes, gardens, and historic adobe, old stables and garage, so lots of subject matter for those who want to paint here. The visitor center and store is scheduled to be open while we are there.

For those wishing to paint the coastline and ocean it is about a 2/3 mile hike from the parking lot to the first beach overlook.  You may stop and paint along the trail or hike on the trail for our usual hike and sketch format of sketching for 20-30 minutes, walking farther for another fine view of the coastline, sketching again, etc.  Bring lunch and drinks on the trail, wear sturdy shoes, hat, and layered clothing, and travel light on the art supplies.  This is a one way trail so you can return at any time.

Directions: Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.  Turn north on Highway 1 and drive about 3.8 miles.  Turn left on Coast Road at the sign to Wilder Ranch State Park.  Carpools recommended due to distance from Bay Area and park entrance fee.

Wilder Ranch Cliff View

Wilder Ranch coastline by Candy Yu


Thursday, January 11:  Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S. King Rd, San Jose 95116 map

http://www.pruschfarmpark.org/

https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/131

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.


Thursday, January 18, Downtown Campbell, N 3rd St at Civic Center Dr, map to garage

https://www.downtowncampbell.com/downtowncampbell/about

Historic downtown Campbell has lots of historic buildings of classic architecture dating back to the early 1900’s.  The 130 foot water tower is visible throughout the area.  Around 10 AM we will meet in front of Starbucks, 267 E Campbell Ave, at the corner of N 1st Street and E Campbell Ave, then fan out to our favorite painting spot.  Various historic landmarks are only a couple of blocks away from our meeting spot.

Park in the 3 story garage at the corner of 3rd Street and Civic Center Drive because you may park there for an unlimited time.  You also have the option of street parking, a parking garage on S. 1st St south of the water tower, and street level lots, but they all have 2 hour maximum.

Directions to parking garage: From Highway 17 traveling south, exit at E Hamilton Ave, turn right on E. Hamilton and drive 0.4 miles, turn left on N. 3rd St and drive 0.5 miles.  Shortly after you cross Civic Center Dr., turn left into the parking garage.

Directions from parking garage to Starbucks:  Walk south (the same direction you were driving) for a partial block, turn left on Campbell Ave. and continue to 1st street.


Thursday, January 25, Charleston Slough, 2690 Terminal Blvd, Palo Alto, CA map

http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/shoreline/explore/ecosystems.asp

Charleston Slough is located on the Bay between Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve trailhead, Adobe Creek, and Shoreline Lake.  We will have views of the East Bay Hills, large ponds, Shoreline Lake, reeds along Adobe Creek and Casey Forebay, and hopefully lots of shorebirds and wintering ducks.

Directions:  From 101 in Mountain View, exit on San Antonio Rd.  Turn towards the Bay on San Antonio Rd and drive about 0.3 miles.  Where San Antonio Rd turns right and becomes Terminal Blvd, pull into a parking spot on the left.  We will meet at the trailhead near where San Antonio Rd turns right.

Directions to 101 South:  Head west away from the Bay on San Antonio Rd and drive 0.8 miles.  Turn left onto E Charleston Rd and drive 0.4 miles.  Instead of taking the entrance onto 101 from Charleston with its miniscule merge lane, turn right onto Rengstorff Ave and continue 675 feet until the first traffic light.  Continue across the intersection to the safer merge lane onto 101 South.


  Weekend Paintsites  

 

Saturday, December 9: Central Wholesale Nursery, 1670 McKinley Ave, San Jose map

TIME: 10 am - 1 pm

http://www.centralwholesalenursery.com/

We have permission to paint at this beautiful outdoor nursery with Christmas plants:  poinsettias, cyclamen, potted evergreen trees, pottery, fountains, ornaments, etc.  The owners are welcoming to all!

The entrance to their small parking lot is on the Southwest Expressway side near the corner of Leigh Avenue.  Look for the A-Frame sign!  The second entrance on the opposite side of the nursery with lots of street parking is on the T-section of McKinley Ave and La Barbera Dr and De Rose Way.

http://www.centralwholesalenursery.com/directions

Turn by Turn Directions to parking lot on Southwest Expy near Leigh:  Approaching on 280 going east, exit toward Bascom Ave/Leigh Ave, merge onto Moorpark Ave, and go 0.3 miles, turn right onto Leigh Ave and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go about 300 feet, and turn right into the first parking lot.

Approaching on 280 going west (toward San Francisco), take the Race St/Southwest Expy exit, keep left, follow signs for Southwest Expy and go 0.4 miles, continue onto Southwest Expy and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto Fruitdale Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Leigh Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go about 300 feet, and turn right into the first parking lot.

If the parking lot is full, continue on Southwest Expy, take the first right at La Barbera Dr and there is street parking available near the intersection of McKinley Ave at the nursery’s back entrance.

Poinsettias

 


   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 or other unforeseen events:  Cancellation will be announced on http://www.scvws.org/ and on this 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.