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Thursday paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, September 13: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto map

This is such a great paintsite that we paint here every year. The 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay.  Across the Bay you can see salt marshes with the East Bay hills beyond, and there are lots of shore birds. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.  Near the remodeled Eco-Center is a small duck pond.

Directions:  From 101 in Palo Alto take the Embarcadero exit going east, turn left where it dead ends.  Continue past the Duck Pond on the left.  Either park in the parking lot on the left just past the Baylands Nature Preserve Ranger Station just before you cross the bridge or the first lot on the right after you cross the bridge.  We will meet by the ranger station. 

Palo Alto Baylands by Toni Gregorio-Bunch

"Palo Alto Baylands" by Toni Gregorio-Bunch

Thursday, September 20: Hike & Paint or Paintsite at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, 210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero map

For our annual September Santa Cruz paintout our subject will be Pigeon Pt and its 115 ft lighthouse.  The only difference from our usual paintsites (paint 10am-1pm, then eat our bag lunches in the picnic area, then share our artwork) is that artists are asked to bring a dessert to share.

The lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, was first put into service in 1872.  Its first-order Fresnel lens which is 16 ft tall and weighs 2000 pounds is now on display in the Fog Signal building.  The lighthouse is still active, now using a Vega Marine Rotating Beacon.  The visitor center is open 10am-4pm.  The coastal areas surrounding the point are rich with life, birds and marine mammals. 

Artists may paint from the lighthouse grounds or get a more distant view from one of several viewing locations about 1 / 2 to 2 miles south along the coast.  We will meet at the lighthouse parking lot at 10 AM, then head off to desired painting location by hiking or in car pools.

Directions:  From the north, drive south on Highway 1 either 21 miles from Highway 92 or 10 miles from Highway 84.  Turn right on Pigeon Point Rd and go 0.2 miles.  From the south, drive north for 27 miles on Highway 1 from Highway 17.  Turn left on Pigeon Point Rd and go 0.2 miles.  Carpools recommended due to distance from Bay Area.

Thursday, September 27, Ainsley House Historical Museum, 300 Grant Street, Campbell 95008 map

Canning industry pioneer, J.C. Ainsley built this Tudor revival house in 1925 at Hamilton and Bascom.  It was moved onto city property and now houses the history museum.  It has a lovely garden.  The historic house museum opens at noon on Thursdays and has admission cost of $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (65+).

Directions: Take Highway 17 South to Hamilton Ave. Exit - turn right onto Hamilton Ave and go 0.2 miles. Turn left on Central Ave and go 0.4 miles. Ainsley House is at end of street where it dead ends at Grant Street.  For parking, turn left on Grant St, turn right on Harrison Ave, and turn right into parking lot with sign for Library and Museum parking.

Thursday, October 4: Martins Beach, San Mateo County

Attendance at this private location at Martins Beach is limited, and reservations are required.  This paintsite is for SCVWS members only.  This is a rare and particularly appealing opportunity to paint the quaint cottages, offshore rock formations, bluffs, and tide pools at this unique site.

If you would like to attend, please send email to and we will send you exact details of when and where we are meeting in Half Moon Bay to carpool to the site.  We will maintain a wait list, if necessary.  If reservations are full, “Wait list only” will be posted on the website.

Martins Beach by Marilyn Perry

“Shark’s Tooth at Martins Beach” by Marilyn Perry

Thursday, October 11:  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.

Thursday, October 18: Mountain View Main Library / Pioneer Memorial Park, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View map

The entire block containing the library has interesting things to paint: the Mountain View Main Library, pieces of the Berlin Wall in front of the library, statues of “Wind in the Willows” characters behind the library, beautiful old trees in Pioneer Memorial Park behind the library, and City Hall and the Center for Performing Arts which face Castro St.  Meet behind the library at the statues.

Directions:  From the south, take 101 north, exit onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View, right onto El Camino Real, right onto Castro St, left onto Church St, right onto Franklin St.  From the north, take 101 south, take N Shoreline Blvd exit, right onto Shoreline Blvd, left onto California St, right onto Franklin St. Parking at the library or on the street.

Thursday, October 25:  Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, CA 95046 map

A beautiful vineyard in the rolling hills west of San Martin.  The attractive mansion with tasting room has a Grand Terrace with glorious views.  We hope that the vines will be decked in fall colors.  The tasting room is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; however, only non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the picnic area.

Directions: Take 101 to San Martin, take the Tennant Ave exit, go west on Tennant Ave.  Very soon turn left onto Butterfield Blvd which turns into Watsonville Rd.  Go 3.5 miles, then turn left onto Hummingbird Lane.  Drive 0.8 miles past vineyards on your right.  Just before you pass wine making production buildings on your left, turn left on the lane that leads to the mansion.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged.

  Weekend Paintsites  


Saturday, September 22: Heritage Park  771 Rengstorff Ave. Mountain View, CA  Special start time 9 am


By special invitation weekend painters will join SCVWS membership at the inaugural Harvest History Festival at Heritage Park. Our webmaster Leslie Grimm and other volunteers will be in a booth with examples of artwork and membership information. if you want  to help  out or require more information contact Leslie at

The 1.2 acre park taps into the region's agricultural roots. It includes a historic immigrant house and 80-year-old windmill. Heritage Park houses native beehives, a demonstration garden and about 150 trees. The Thursday group painted at HeritagePark in mountain view in July 2017. Link

There is no parking lot at the site. Pack accordingly and be prepared for a short hike. Look for on street parking or park at a local shopping center at Middlefield Road. Contact Leslie about parking and nearby restrooms. The park is between Old Middlefield and Middlefield Roads.



WHERE:  Celebrate the Harvest at Jacob Farms and Martial Cottle County Park, 5283 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136 map

WHEN: Saturday October 6, 2018

TIME: 10 am -1 pm

Celebrate the Harvest at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival! County Parks is listing us as featured exhibitors (and free parking passes). We will meet at the Visitor Center and I'll be at the parking area to distribute passes.

Bring the family as there are lots of activities:


Take Hwy 85 south and exit Blossom Hill turn left  (head east)

Turn left on Snell (head north)

Turn left near the corner of Chynoweth.

Pumpkins at Jacob Farms


 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.