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Thursday paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, March 22: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto 94301 map

A beautiful historical house and garden where there is always something new blooming.

Keep on garden paths, do not set up on brick or tile areas, do not block pathways, no disposal of waste water on property, and clean brushes off-site.  Avoid places where planting or other group activity is in progress.  Note that we will share the garden with “Roots and Shoots” until noon so we must stay out of the vegetable garden and the patio area that they are using until noon.  Use a protective tarp or plastic to cover all counters and raised bed structures, tables, and benches used.  Here are their rules for artists:

Link to Guidelines for Artists

Directions:  From 280, exit on Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. Go east on Page Mill for approximately 3 miles, crossing El Camino. After the underpass, turn left on Waverley Street. Continue on Waverley to Churchill Avenue. Gamble Garden is in the next block, on the right. Please use one of the parking lots, entering from Waverley Street or from Churchill Avenue.  From 101, exit on Embarcadero Road West towards Stanford University. Go west on Embarcadero for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth stop light, turn left onto Waverley Street. Please park in the parking lot on the left.

Thursday, March 29, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills 94022 map

We have received a special invitation to paint plein aire at Hidden Villa again this March.  They want their Thursday visitors, mostly school groups, to quietly observe us carrying on a fine Hidden Villa tradition, “capturing the light and color of our farm and nature areas as it happens, while it happens!”  Hidden Villa’s founder Frank Duveneck’s father was a famous plein aire master of the 1880s.

The site of the beautiful Duveneck home was once a stage coach stop, now it is in a preserve with an organic farm, farm animals, farm implements, and old barns.  After lunch, we will have an opportunity to tour the Duveneck home. It is a lovely home which contains a couple of Duveneck paintings.

Directions: Interstate 280 to Los Altos Hills. From 280 take the Moody/El Monte turn off and go south on El Monte past the Foothill college entrance.  At the next stop sign turn left and follow Moody Road for 1.7 miles to the entrance on the left.  Pass the small parking lots near the entrance and continue to the main parking lot.  Because we are their invited guests, the usual $10 parking fee is optional.

Thursday, April 5: Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga map

Once the grand estate of Senator James Phelan, Villa Montalvo is a lovely mansion surrounded by formal gardens with arbors and statues.

Directions: From Hwy 85 exit at Saratoga Avenue, and drive south 1.8 miles to downtown Saratoga. Turn left at light onto Hwy 9 / Saratoga - Los Gatos Road. Drive 1/3 mile and turn right onto Montalvo Road. Continue approximately 1 mile to Montalvo grounds.   Drive past Lot #1 and park in any of the lots closer to the villa.  Meet on the lawn in front of the villa.

Please note that some web-based mapping services may direct you to turn onto Mendelson from Hwy 9. Do not use these directions, it will lead you to the Exit Gate which is one-way only. The Main Gate is accessible from Montalvo Road only.


Villa Montalvo by Liz Siegel 

“Villa Montalvo” by Liz Siegel

Thursday, April 12: Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont map

There is lots to paint here - marshes, bay and hill views. Hikers: Marilyn is leading this hike.  She plans to start out at 10:15 a.m. and stop as a group about three or four times to sketch/paint, taking about 30 minutes at each stop, eating our packed lunch at one of the stops.  Planned stops include the top of a hill for panoramic vista of the Bay, close up of rock formations, and the boardwalk at the marsh.  We would anticipate being out until at least 2:00. Please email or phone the organizers if you would like to participate in this. Travel light! Non-hikers are welcome too and will find plenty to paint at the grassy area by the Visitor Center and parking lot, including the edge of the marshes and the hills beyond.

Directions: Coyote Hills is at the west end of Patterson Ranch Road/Commerce Drive in Fremont. From I-880, take Highway 84 west, exit at Paseo Padre Parkway, turn right, and drive north about one mile. Turn left onto Patterson Ranch Road. Travel 1.5 miles more, past the entrance kiosk and Quarry Staging Area, to the parking lot at the end of the road (near the Visitor Center). $5 parking fee.

Thursday, April 19, Campbell Community Center and Heritage Theatre, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell map

The historic Heritage Theatre was originally built as the Campbell Union High School Auditorium. Built in 1938 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the theatre has arched front windows, open grillwork and hand-painted tile decorations. There are also two reflecting pools in front of the building.  Brad is the leader for this paintsite.

Directions: From Highway 17, Exit at Hamilton Avenue and go West on Hamilton. Turn left at the 3rd Traffic signal onto Winchester Blvd. Turn Right at the Second traffic signal onto Campbell Ave. Turn right at the next traffic signal into the Community Center parking lot.

Thursday, April 26, Cummins Iris Garden, 165 Canham Road, Scotts Valley map

2010 article from Santa Cruz Sentinel

Beautiful views, lots of irises (can be purchased) and other flowers, and a wonderful hoard of bits and pieces, including farm machinery and gardening equipment at this private property in the foothills beyond Scotts Valley.  There is a barn, sheds, and a little creek running across the property with a small bridge. It's just delightful!  The property was once a stage stop between Santa Cruz and San Jose where the stages changed to a fresh team of horses to go over the hill. The old house dates back to the late 1840’s and has stood during two major earthquakes, 1906 and 1989.  Due to the distance from the Bay Area, carpooling is encouraged.

Directions:  Take the first Scotts Valley exit off highway 17 south, Scotts Valley Dr, and turn right.  Go straight across Scotts Valley Drive to Glenwood Drive.  Follow this road just over a mile and take Canham Road on the right.  Property is the first one you get to on the left.  Park in the gravel area in front of the barn. AS THIS IS ALSO A PRIVATE RESIDENCE, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 10:00 AM.


  Weekend Paintsites 

 Special added weekend paintsite Saturday, March 24, Saratoga Blossom Festival Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center  13777 Fruitvale Avenue,Saratoga, CA 95070 Festival opens at 10:00 am. Link

We have been invited to paint at the Saratoga Blossom Festival. No need to register, just show up with materials and paint to your heart's delight. Just be sure you are not blocking any aisles or vendor stands. It's a great opportunity to paint and sketch a rainbow of color. Be sure to photograph and email your painting photos to

Saturday, March 31, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills 94022     

Link            map

Here's your chance to finish your Thursday painting or join our weekend painters at this especially beautiful and interesting site. See the listing above for information and directions. 


Saturday, April 21 San Jose History Park  635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

 10 am-1pm Park Info

Bonus! We will be joining the S.F. Bay Area Printers Fair at San Jose’s History Park celebrating letterpress printing, typography, book arts, ephemera, fine paper, printmaking, Print enthusiasts, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers will enjoy the demonstrations, and exhibitors.  

Double Bonus! Urban sketches by local artist Suhita Shirodkar, will be on display.

Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.

Directions History Park is located at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue. Parking is available in the City of San José parking lot at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6, seniors $2, or free on Alma Ave. if no sporting event is taking place at Municipal Stadium. Restrooms are available.


 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.