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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, September 5:  Emerald Lake Private Country Club, 500 Lake Blvd, Emerald Hills map

Emerald Lake is a private oasis in the wooded Emerald Hills area above Redwood City.  Although usually only available to Country Club members, SCVWS artists have permission to paint there.  There is a lake, reeds, hillsides, large trees, sandy beach, colorful chairs, structures, ducks, diving boards, swimming platforms, and 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, make a slight left at the stop sign to stay on Oak Knoll Dr., turn left again to 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 may use the Park’n’ride lot at 280 and Edgewood, on the 280 northbound side of the freeway.

Emerald Lake by Mary Raftery 

“Artists Painting at Emerald Lake” by Mary Raftery

Thursday, September 12: Rosicrucian Museum Park, 1650 Park Ave, San Jose map

The architecture of the museum is inspired by an Egyptian temple. In the gardens around the museum there are other 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.  Two school groups will enter the museum for a tour while we are there.

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

Thursday, September 19: Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park 94025 map

The Allied Arts Guild is an enchanting complex of shops and artists' studios with adobe-type buildings, arbors, fountains and flowers.

Directions: From Hwy 101 exit at University Ave, Right on El Camino Real, Left on Cambridge. Allied Arts is on Arbor Rd at the end of Cambridge. From 280 exit at Sand Hill Road, Left on Junipero Serra which becomes Santa Cruz, Turn right on Arbor Road.

Thursday, September 26: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz map

There is the famous natural bridge, rocks, shorebirds, and crashing waves. The park also includes a large area of coastal scrub and grasslands, and Moore Creek which flows through the park, forming freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh before it reaches the sea.  There is a chance there will be Monarch butterflies in the eucalyptus grove at the back of the park.

We will eat our bag lunches at the picnic tables which overlook the ocean.  The prevoiusly announced sharing of desserts has been cancelled because we are having a lunch potluck in two weeks, on October 10.

Directions: Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz and exit north on Highway 1, towards Half Moon Bay. Drive 1.1 miles on Hwy 1, take slight right turn onto CA-1/Mission St to stay on Hwy 1 and drive 1.6 miles. Turn left on Swift Avenue and drive 0.7 miles.  Turn right on West Cliff Drive, and follow the winding road along the coast until it ends at Natural Bridges State Beach.  There is a State Park fee of $10/$9 seniors for the parking lot.  Car pools suggested due to distance from Bay Area and State Beach entrance fee.

Thursday, October 3, Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont 94555 map

Pumpkins, plants, animals, Patterson House, and more! This historic farm always has a lot to offer. There is a farm stand at the entrance. $6 entrance fee to the farm on Thursdays, $5 for seniors (62+).  We’ll meet in the main parking lot near the entrance kiosk at around 10 am before deciding where to paint. This is a big site so call one of the coordinators if you can’t find us.

Directions:  From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is on the right.

From the Peninsula, cross the Bay on the Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84.  In Fremont take the Newark Blvd/Ardenwood Blvd exit, turn left onto Ardenwood Blvd, go 0.7 miles, and the park entrance is on the right.

Great Field at Ardenwood Farm by Lisha Wang 

“The Great Field at Ardenwood Farm” by Lisha Wang

Thursday, October 10: Los Altos History Museum, 51 So San Antonio Rd, Los Altos 94022 map

Potluck Lunch at Karen Druker’s home, 14190 Wild Plum Ln, Los Altos Hills 94022 map

The J. Gilbert Smith History House is located on one of the last active apricot orchards in the Santa Clara Valley. This 1905 shingled farm house was built with many Craftsman-style features and has a matching tank house and a wonderful garden.  The History Museum is located across the courtyard.

After painting we will have a potluck lunch at Karen Druker’s home in Los Altos Hills.  Please bring a “savory” or “sweet” to share. Karen is providing water, iced tea, and lemonade.  You are welcome to arrive at Karen’s between 12:30 and 1 PM, and we plan to eat our potluck lunch at 1 PM.

Allow 10 minutes to drive between locations. If you plan to attend the potluck and have not already signed up at a paintsite, please send email to to let us know if you’ll bring a sweet or savory.

Directions to History House: From Foothill Expressway take San Antonio North.  Look for the Los Altos Library (13 So San Antonio) and City Hall; the History House, Museum, and orchard are behind the library.

Directions from History House to Karen Druker’s home: Retrace your route south along San Antonio.  Turn right on Foothill Expressway and go 0.3 miles.  Turn left onto Edith Ave and go 0.3 miles.  Turn right onto Fremont Rd and go 0.3 miles.  Turn right onto Miranda Rd, and go 0.2 miles.  Turn right onto Wild Plum Lane and Karen’s home is on the right.

Thursday, October 17, To Be announced

The type and location of our outing will be announced by Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Thursday, October 24:  Sawyer Camp Trail, Crystal Springs Rd at Skyline Blvd, San Mateo County map

Great views of Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir and the hills beyond.  No water on the trail, so bring your own. There are excellent sit & paint sites near the park entrance, or if you hike just a little you get equally good sites with less foot traffic. The nearby Crystal Springs Dam Bridge was under construction when we last visited this area in 2016, but is now open.

After our usual lunch and sharing of our artwork, there is an optional scouting trip to Pulgas Water Temple located 5 miles south on Cañada Road.  Let's check it out to see if it would make a good future paintsite while its pool is being refilled after its usual Thursday draining and cleaning.  If you like it, you can stay to sketch or paint.  Directions to the temple will be given at Sawyer Camp Trail.

Directions:  Take I-280 north past Highway 92 and take exit for Bunker Hill Dr.  Go left on Bunker Hill Dr driving over the freeway.  Turn right onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd and go 0.8 miles.  Look for street parking near the intersection of Skyline Blvd and Crystal Springs Road.

Thursday, October 31: Triton Museum Grounds, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara 95050 map

The Triton Museum Grounds have a statue garden, redwood trees, and two historic houses to paint, the Jamesson-Brown house, built in 1866, and the Headen-Inman house, built in 1913.

Directions: From El Camino Real in Santa Clara, turn north on Lincoln which ends at Warburton in front of the museum.  Turn right to the parking lot.  Restrooms in the Triton Museum which opens at 11 AM on Thursdays or across the street in City Hall.

  Weekend Paintsites  

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Hayes Mansion 200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose, CA 95136  10:am 1:00 pm

Hidden among San Jose housing tracts lies the 1903 Hayes Mansion and Edenvale Gardens Regional Park.  The Hayes family, steeped  in local history, was led by the matriarch, Mary Hayes Chynoweth,  her two sons, Jay O. Hayes and Everis A. Hayes along with their young families, moved to San Jose in 1887 after purchasing 239 acres and a house from Frederick Tennant. The sons purchased San Jose Herald in 1900, the San Jose Mercury in 1901, and The Evening News in 1942.   In addition to their newspaper enterprise, Everis was a seven-term member of the House of Representatives and Jay was also involved in politics on the state level. Jay was also one of the founders of the California Dried Fruit Association during the time when the Santa Clara Valley was known worldwide as a dried fruit producer.   

The park to the North of the mansion was originally an extensively landscaped park for the Hayes family, with exotic plants and roads and paths winding through it. The Hayes family sold their remaining property, including the Mansion and the park land, in 1954. The park area was Frontier Village amusement park from 1960 to 1980. The park is now Edenvale Garden Park, operated by the City of San Jose..  We will be meeting at the Park

Directions: Take Hwy 85 and exit Blossom Hill Road  and turn left onto Blossom Hill Road. Travel 0.5 miles and  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Snell Ave. Turn right on to Chynoweth Ave 0.6 miles 1Travel 1.2 miles and turn left onto Edenvale Ave  Turn Left into parking lot entrance and lot is on the right. Restrooms are available in adjacent Edenvale Park.

Salinda's plein air painting of the Hayes Mansion



  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.