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Thursday paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, July 5:  Rengstorff House at Shoreline Park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mtn View map

This beautifully restored Italianate mansion is Mountain View's oldest historic house. It is surrounded by lawns and nearby are a sailing lake, wetlands, and bird sanctuary.

While not a formal part of the paintsite, you may also wish to visit “The Foster”, a museum containing watercolors by Tony Foster.  It is highly recommended by some of our regulars, located 3 miles from our paintsite near the intersection of 101 and Rengstorff Ave, admission is free, weekday hours are 10 am – 5 pm.

Directions to Rengstsorff House: Take 101 to Mtn View.  For northbound US101 drivers, to avoid the usual heavy congestion on Shoreline Blvd, take Exit 400A, Amphitheatre Parkway. For southbound US101 drivers, take the Rengstorff Avenue exit and turn right onto Rengstorff which becomes Amphitheatre.  For all drivers, drive about .7 mile on Amphitheatre Parkway, turn left onto Shoreline Blvd, and drive 1.3 miles to Shoreline Park. Turn left into the Rengstorff House Parking lot immediately after you have crossed a bridge and passed the house on your left.

Directions from Rengstorff House to The Foster, 940 Commercial St, Palo Altomap

Return the way you came on Shoreline Blvd and go 1.3 miles, turn right onto Amphitheatre Parkway and go 0.7 miles, continue onto Rengstorff Ave and go 0.4 miles, turn right onto N. Rengstorff Ave and go 0.1 miles, turn left onto E. Charleston Rd, and go 0.4 miles, turn right onto Commercial St and go 0.1 miles and The Foster will be on the right.  Street parking or you may park in the lot behind the building.


 Rengstorff House by Liz Siegel

“Rengstorff House” by Liz Siegel

Thursday, July 12: Maison du Lac (private estate), 23107 Summit Rd, Los Gatos map

We have permission to paint at a beautiful private estate in the Santa Cruz mountains.  This 20 acre estate has three ponds, a beautiful home, amazing flower gardens, vegetable garden, redwood trees, and sculptures.  Brad will coordinate this paintsite.

Directions: Take Highway 17 into the Santa Cruz Mountains, exit at Summit Rd, turn right to go east on Summit Rd, drive about 2 miles, and turn left on Trail Ridge.  If you see Christ Child Catholic Church you have gone too far and missed Trail Ridge.  Go only a short way on Trail Ridge, and the parking lot for Maison du Lac is on your right.

Thursday, July 19: Niles Train Depot Museum, 37592 Niles Blvd, Fremont map

Situated in the historic Niles area, the Train Depot Museum was built as an actual train depot by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1901. The building has been moved from its original location and is now part of Niles Town Plaza.  The building has ornate columns, a bright red train caboose next door, and views of the hills behind. There are also plenty of street views and other buildings to capture our interest and help us practice our perspective skills.  If we get too hot, there is an ice cream parlor just across the street.

Directions: From 880 Hwy North in Fremont, exit at Stevenson Blvd.  Turn right on Stevenson and go 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Mission Blvd and go 1.4 miles.  Turn left onto Niles Blvd and go 0.4 miles. Parking for Train Depot Museum is on your right at the junction with i Street.

Thursday, July 26: "Senior Safari Walkabout" at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose's Kelley Park map

There is a special start time for this paintsite - 9:00 AM - at which time both parking and admission to the Zoo are free for 'seniors' (50+).    (Seniors get in free from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and can stay for the day.)    For those not yet fortunate enough to be a 'senior', the Zoo opens for general admission at 10:00 AM.   Admission costs $14.25, parking costs $10.00. Once in, we will be able to sketch the animals and the Park's other attractions and even ride the carousel.

For those not fortunate enough to be a ‘senior’, note that the adjacent Japanese Friendship Garden is an option, but several of the ponds remain empty due to last year’s flood damage.

Directions:  Please park in the old parking lot on Senter Road, NOT the new parking lot on Story.  Seniors get free parking in the Senter lot, and there are nice picnic areas there.

From 101 take Story Road west, left on Senter Road and pass the park on the left, U-turn at Phelan Ave, and continue back on Senter.  From 280 exit at 10th/11th streets, follow signs to Spartan Stadium, left on Phelan, left on Senter.  In both cases you will first come to parking lot for Friendship Garden on the right, then the parking lot for zoo on the right.

Thursday, August 2: Downtown Los Altos, 130 Main St, Los Altos 94022 map

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

Main Street in Los Altos is a lovely street of small shops with some bright awnings and umbrellas.  Our meeting spot will be at the "clock" in the small plaza where Main curves and crosses State Street.

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. 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 downtown Los Altos:  Take Foothill Expressway to Main Street in Los Altos and turn toward the shopping district.  Just after 3rd Street, Main curves and one will see the clock on the left. There is parking behind the buildings on both sides of the street, 3 hour max limit.

Directions from Los Altos to Karen Druker’s home: Retrace your route south along Main Street.  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.

Downtown Los Altos by Helen Chen

"Downton Los Altos" by Helen Chen

Thursday, August 9: New Almaden Historic District

, 21785 Almaden Rd, San Jose 95120 map

New Almaden Historic District is located along Almaden Road between Casa Grande and Almaden Quicksilver CP.  There are many buildings linked to the quicksilver (mercury) mining history dating back to the 1840s including the Carson-Perham house and St. Anthony’s Church.  We will meet in the Almaden Quicksilver CP parking lot.


Directions: From highway 85 take Almaden Expressway South for 4.5 miles to Almaden Road.  Turn right and drive 3 miles along Almaden Road through the town of New Almaden and the County Park parking lot is on the right.

Thursday, August 16: Quail Hollow Ranch CP, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton 95018 map

Link to park website

This park is a 300-acre historic horse ranch and nature preserve, home to 15 habitats.  It has a historic ranch house, visitor center, many trees, horse barns and turnouts, horses, and a pond.  This is a new site for us.  Carpools recommended due to distance from Bay Area.

Directions:  Take Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz. Turn right on Mt. Hermon Road, and follow it until it ends at Graham Hill Road, about 3.5 miles. Turn left on Graham Hill Rd and go 0.3 miles.  Turn left onto E Zayante Rd and go 1.9 miles.  Turn left onto Quail Hollow Road and go about 0.5 miles, and the park entrance is on the right.

Thursday, August 23: San Jose History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose map

This 14-acre site contains 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses, and landmarks, including the Electric Light Tower and Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive.  Unlike recent previous years, they are now open in the mornings during the summer months.

Directions: From 101 take Story Road west, left on Senter Road, left on Phelan.  From 280 exit at 10th/11th streets, follow signs to Spartan Stadium, left on Phelan.  In both cases follow Phelan Avenue to the parking lot at the end of the street where parking costs $6.

Thursday, August 30: Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont map

This 471 acre recreation area has 350 acres of water, a group of lakes which used to be quarries in the mid-19th century.  Starting in 1997 the old quarries were converted into an appealing recreation area with grassy lawns and trees overlooking the lakes with the East Bay Hills in the background.  This is a new site to us.

Directions:  From the South Bay, take I-880 north to Fremont, take exit 21 for Decoto Rd/CA-84 W and turn right onto Decoto Rd.  From the Peninsula, cross the Bay on the Dumbarton Bridge (Hwy 84) and continue until 84 becomes Decoto Rd as it crosses I-880.  For all drivers, continue on Decoto Rd for 1 mile, turn right on Paseo Padre Pkwy and go 0.8 miles, turn left onto Isherwood Way and go 0.7 miles and enter the park on the right.  Fee per car is $5.  Once inside the park, turn right into the parking lot near the boat ramp.  Meet in the picnic area near the boat ramp.

  Weekend Paintsites  

July 21: Murphy Street Sunnyvale and Farmers Market 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Meet at the corner of Historic Murphy Ave and Washington Street by the archway.

The Sunnyvale Farmers' Market  held Saturdays year round from 9am - 1pm features t local fruits and vegetables, fresh ranch eggs, bakery items, fresh cut flowers, fresh locally caught fish, local handcrafts, and the sounds of local musicians. A delight for all your senses!

Bonus! We will be joining South Bay Sketchers and in the spirit the 60th World Wide Sketchcrawlers' event.

Free Parking : Closest parking found in lots on Francis and Sunnyvale Aves. or in Macy's or Target's Parking lots.
CALTRAIN: Sunnyvale Station--easy access to market.

Saturday, August 18: New Almaden Historic District, Casa Grande 21350 Almaden Road, New Almaden, CA

(San Jose)

Here's your chance to enjoy a Saturday painting one of our most important regional sites.


Casa Grande a beautifully restored mansion, now the Quicksilver Mining Museum.

Directions: From highway 85 take Almaden Expressway South for 4.5 miles to Almaden Road.  Turn right and drive 3 miles along Almaden Road through the town of New Almaden just past the New Almaden post office. Casa Grande is on the left.


Photo credit: Casa Grande by Jane Saltman



 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.