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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, August 10, Rosicrucian Museum Park, 1650 Park Ave, San Jose map

 http://www.egyptianmuseum.org/

 In the gardens around the museum there are interesting buildings, plants, including pampas grass, trees, and statues with an Egyptian theme. We can sit anywhere in the gardens, but have been asked not to block walkways.

 Directions:  From 880 take either Bascom or The Alameda to Naglee, turn left if coming from Bascom, right if on The Alamdea, and go to the corner of Park.  Street parking or there is a parking lot at the corner of Naglee and Chapman.  Facilities in the museum.


Thursday, August 17: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, 94301 map

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/facilities/stern.asp

An attractive Spanish Mediterranean-style complex built in 1934 houses the City of Palo Alto’s Recreation Department, Children’s Library, and two theaters.

Directions: From 101 in Palo Alto, exit at Embarcadero Road and drive west for about 1.4 miles.  Turn right on Middlefield Road, drive 0.2 miles, and the center is on the right.  There is a small parking lot off of Middlefield on the right just before you get to the Center.  If that lot is full, please park on the street.  Do not park in the nearby restricted lot because Palo Alto is very serious about parking infractions.


Thursday, August 24: Two paintsites in Southern San Mateo County

Because the paintsite at Filoli requires a $30 limited-availability pre-registration and has a later time, we have scheduled two paintsites that day.  They are located 6 miles apart, and you may attend either or both. 

Thursday, August 24 morning, Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside map 

http://www.historysmc.org/woodside-store 

This store was the first to be built between San Francisco and Santa Clara. In 1854 it served as a general store, post office and Dr.Tripp's dental office. The picturesque weathered wooden building has been a public museum and favorite painting site for over 50 years. 

Directions: From 280 exit at Woodside Road. Continue West on Woodside Road for three miles. Turn right on Kings Mountain Road.  Continue about 0.7 mile, and turn left at Tripp Road. The Woodside Store is on the corner of Kings Mountain and Tripp Road. Park in the parking lot, not on the street.  The gate to the parking lot may not be unlocked until 10 AM. 

Thursday, August 24 afternoon:  Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside 94062 map

http://www.filoli.org/

Filoli is a beautiful country house set on 16 acres of exquisite formal gardens.  It is one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.  We will paint there as part of their monthly “Artist Access” days.  Some of us have already pre-registered.  If you wish to join us, you must pre-register for this event at a cost of $20 for Filoli members and $30 for non-members on their website: https://filoli.org/event/artist-access-4-2/?instance_id=1167

You may arrive at Filoli any time after 10 am to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the house and garden and to scout your perfect painting location.  About 3:40 pm return to your vehicle to fetch your painting supplies.  Then check in with the “Artist Access” hostess at the Visitor Center and go to the garden to paint from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Filoli is experimenting with new hours in 2017 in which the gardens remain open to visitors until 8 pm on Thursdays so we will not have the gardens to ourselves during our painting time.  After you check out at 7 pm, you may return to stroll the gardens until 8 pm, just no more art after 7 pm.

Directions from the Bay Area:  From I-280 in San Mateo County, exit at Edgewood Road.  Travel on Edgewood Road west (away from the Bay) about 0.2 miles until it dead ends at Canada Road.  Turn right on Canada Road, go 1.25 miles, turn left into Filoli’s north entrance.

Directions from Woodside Store:  North on Tripp Rd, turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd and go 0.7 miles,  turn left onto Woodside Rd and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Canada Rd and go 4.7 miles, turn left into Filoli’s north entrance.


Thursday, August 31, HIKE & SKETCH and PAINT SITE:  Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center, 3600 CA-1, Davenport map 

http://ranchodeloso.org/

Hulda Hoover McLean Watercolors 

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center is located in Waddell Valley which has glorious views of the ocean and mountains.  The center was once the home of Hulda Hoover McLean, avid watercolorist and niece of President Herbert Hoover.  A docent will open the center just for us and will give us a short talk about the natural and cultural history of the area at 10:15 AM.  Afterwards painters can sit on the deck of the Center to paint magnificent views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.  Liz will lead a hike and sketch on a mile walk up to a view point of the ocean. 

Directions:  Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.  Turn north on Highway 1 and drive about 19 miles, or 1.3 miles past the parking area for Greyhound Rock.  At the bottom of a long grade, just before the highway crosses over Waddell Creek you will see Waddell Beach to your left and a narrow road to your right.  Turn right and you will see the brown “Rancho Del Oso” sign.  Follow the signs to the Nature Center, about 1/4 mile.  If you come to the large parking lot for Waddell Beach or the sign to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, you have gone too far.  Carpools highly recommended due to distance from Bay Area. 


Thursday, September 7:  Santa Clara Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara map

http://santaclaraca.gov/Home/Components/ServiceDirectory/ServiceDirectory/318/2654

This 52 acre park has a lake with fountains and an island landscaped with flowers, ducks, geese, turtles, many large trees, George F. Haines International Swim Center, lawn bowling green, and the Central Park Library.

Directions:  From 280 exit on Saratoga Ave North.  Drive north approx. 0.2 miles and turn left at the light at Kiely Blvd.  Continue on Kiely Blvd approx. 1.5 miles and cross Homestead Rd.  Continue only another 350 feet past Homestead Rd, and the parking lot is on your right.  The parking lot is the very first thing you see of Central Park.


Thursday, September 14:  Saratoga History Park, 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, Saratoga map

http://www.saratogahistory.com/

Saratoga History Museum is housed in a 1904 commercial building which was moved from Big Basin Ave. Next door is the historical McWilliams House, perhaps dating to the 1850’s.  Both have petite but attractive gardens. You may want to paint from across the street to get the best view. The museum is not open on Thursdays. Other historic buildings are nearby, including the Federated Church and the Saratoga Foothill Club.

Directions: From Highway 85 in Saratoga, take the Saratoga Ave exit, turn west toward the Santa Cruz Mountains and drive 1.9 miles to the intersection with Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (Hwy 9).  Turn left on Saratoga-Los Gatos Road and go just past the first block.  The buildings and parking will be on your right.  There is also parking behind the fire station across the street. Lots of close by restaurants and places with facilities.

Saratoga History Park by Jenny Tero

“Saratoga History Park” by Jenny Tero


Thursday, September 21: Emerald Lake Private Country Club, 500 Lake Blvd, Redwood City map

https://www.emeraldlakecountryclub.com/

Emerald Lake is private oasis in the wooded Emerald Hills area above Redwood City.  Although usually only available to Country Club members, SCVWS member Christine has invited us to paint there.  There is a lake, reeds, hillsides, large trees, sandy beach, colorful chairs, structures, ducks, diving boards, swimming platforms, and sometimes water fountains.

Directions:  Take 280 to Edgewood Road in Redwood City.  Exit at Edgewood Road and head east towards the Bay.  Go 1.7 miles and turn right at Cordilleras Rd.  Go 0.7 miles, watching for speed bumps, and turn right onto Canyon Rd.  Go 0.2 miles and turn right onto Oak Knoll Dr. Go 0.4 miles, turn left to stay on Oak Knoll Dr., drive over the dam, and see the lake on your right.  Turn right to stay on Oak Knoll Dr., and park along the street. The gate entrance to the lake is on your right.  Do not park on the dam or block streets.  There is additional parking on the other side of the dam.

Please carpool due to limited parking.  You make use the Park’n’ride lot at 280 and Edgewood, on the 280 northbound side of the freeway.


Thursday, Sept 28: Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, 702 Mariner Park Way, Santa Cruz map

http://www.santacruzharbor.org/

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor has lots of boats, a view of the pier, the breakwater, and a small lighthouse.  Aldo's restaurant is a great place for lunch overlooking the harbor.  At 4 pm we are invited to join SCVWS member Shirley Motmans at her spectacular cliff-hanging house on Opal Cliffs Drive for a "gentle critique" by Karen Druker and a potluck dinner for members and their spouse/significant other.

Potluck Dinner: Please bring a dessert or hearty appetizer to share that will serve 8 people.  The organizers will provide an entrée salad, ice water, and lemonade.  If you want something else to drink, please bring your own beverage.  Please email paintsites@scvws.org  by September 26 to say whether you are bringing appetizer or dessert.  Detailed driving directions to Shirley Motmans’s home will be emailed to you.

Directions to Yacht Harbor: Highway 17 to Santa Cruz, continuing on to Ocean Avenue.  Left on East Cliff Drive overlooking the Boardwalk.  Follow the road round – (it turns into Murray Street), then right on Seabright, left on Atlantic.  Drive to the end and turn left into the harbor parking area (Marina Park Way), where meter parking is available.  Free parking is also available on the streets nearby.

Lighthouse at Santa Cruz Harbor by Jane Kwant

“Lighthouse at Santa Cruz Harbor” by Jane Kwant


  Weekend Paintsites  

 

Saturday, September 16:  Saratoga History Park, 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, Saratoga map

http://www.saratogahistory.com/

Saratoga History Museum is housed in a 1904 commercial building which was moved from Big Basin Ave. Next door is the historical McWilliams House, perhaps dating to the 1850’s.  Both have petite but attractive gardens. You may want to paint from across the street to get the best view. The museum is open from 1 pm - 4 pm on Saturdays. Other historic buildings are nearby, including the Federated Church and the Saratoga Foothill Club.

Directions: From Highway 85 in Saratoga, take the Saratoga Ave exit, turn west toward the Santa Cruz Mountains and drive 1.9 miles to the intersection with Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (Hwy 9).  Turn left on Saratoga-Los Gatos Road and go just past the first block.  The buildings and parking will be on your right.  There is also parking behind the fire station across the street. Lots of close by restaurants and places with facilities.

Saratoga History Park by Jenny Tero

“Saratoga History Park” by Jenny Tero

 


   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 http://www.scvws.org/ 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.