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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, June 13, Casa Grande, 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose map

This impressive white building with white picket fencing was constructed in 1854, as the official residence for the New Almaden Mining Company, and has recently been renovated.  There is also a redwood water tower, outbuildings, mining equipment, garden, and a view of the hills beyond. Although the mining museum is not open on Thursdays, we will have access to the restrooms inside.

Directions:  From highway 85 take Almaden Expressway South for 4.5 miles to Almaden Road.  Turn right and drive 2.5 miles to the village of New Almaden.  La Casa Grande will be on your left.

Thursday, June 20, Maryknoll Retirement Residence, 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos map

This magnificent building was built in 1926 as a Catholic seminary for students preparing to enter the Maryknoll order.  In the mid 1970’s it was converted to a residence for retired Brothers.  The architecture contains Spanish mission, Baroque, and Oriental influences.  There are also nice views of Rancho San Antonio CP and the surrounding hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Foothill Blvd. and go south.  Turn right at the first right, Cristo Rey Drive, and go about 1 mile.  Shortly after the entrance to Rancho San Antonio on your left, turn right into the Maryknoll rear entrance.  Park in the first parking lot on your right.  Walk up the path toward the chapel and campanile.

Maryknoll by Melanie Kaye 

“The Chinese Tower at Maryknoll” by Melanie Kaye

Thursday, June 27, Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale map

The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is a replica of the Martin Murphy Jr. Bayview House which was milled in Bangor, Maine, shipped around the Horn in 1850, and assembled in Sunnyvale.  We have painted at the adjacent Heritage Orchard several times when the trees were bare or blooming and we have sketched inside the museum twice on rainy days, but this is the first time we are painting outside the home itself.  There is also an adjacent attractive barn, although we expect lots of activity around the barn due to ripe apricot picking.  Or we can paint the orchard with fruit on the trees, the farm implements by the orchard, or historical objects on display by the house.

The City of Sunnyvale will celebrate the opening of the grand entrance to the museum on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  SCVWS paintsites will have a booth at this celebration, and we welcome matted paintings of the museum, museum grounds, orchard, barn, historical objects on the grounds, etc., to display in the booth.

Directions:  From 280 take De Anza Blvd. (which becomes Saratoga Sunnyvale) north and go one mile.  Turn right onto E Fremont Ave and go 0.3 miles.  Turn left onto Manet Dr, go 0.4 miles driving past the orchard, turn right at the “Museum” sign into the parking lot, and follow “Museum” and “Orchard Heritage Park” signs.

Sunnyvale Historical Museum 

Sunnyvale Historical Museum

Thursday, July 11, Moss Landing Harbor District, 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing map

Since there was no paintsite on July 4, let's make a day of it for July 11 and go to Moss Landing. Lots to paint here, old shacks, quaint cafes and shops, boats and the harbor, Old Salinas River, sand-dunes and Monterey Bay, hopefully a sea otter, and not forgetting the Moss Landing power station.  Carpooling suggested due to distance from Bay Area.  We'll meet in the Harbor parking lot. Let's honor a tradition and have lunch together at Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery, and perhaps paint another painting after lunch.  (Of course, you may bring your bag lunch if you prefer.)  Bring exact change for parking fee; in 2015 it cost $7.

Check out our blog from our last visit to Moss Landing in 2015 when we painted both before and after our lunch at Phil’s.  It was really windy on the beach and we had to keep a tight grip on our palettes.

Directions:  From San Jose take Route 17 South towards Santa Cruz. Take Exit 1B onto Route 1 South/Cabrillo Hwy toward Watsonville/Monterey. After about 23 miles take a right on Moss Landing Road, first right on Sandholt, then right into Harbor parking immediately after the RV Park.

Using 101 South - drive south towards Monterey, Merge onto CA -156W and go 5 miles. Take CA-183 Exit toward Castroville. Turn right onto CA-183/N Merritt St. Continue onto CA-1N/Cabrillo Hwy. Turn left onto Moss Landing Road. Turn right on Sandholt, then right into Harbor parking immediately after the RV Park.

Moss Landing Harbor by Lois Stevens 

“Moss Landing Harbor” by Lois Stevens

Thursday, July 18, Stevens Creek CP Lakeshore Picnic Area, 11401 Stevens Canyon Rd, Cupertino map

This is our chance to paint Stevens Creek Reservoir because it is full for the first time in a long time.  The Lakeshore Picnic area has trees and picnic tables very near the shore.  This County Park has a $6 parking fee.

Directions:  From the intersection of I-280 and Foothill Blvd, take Foothill Blvd (which changes name to Stevens Canyon Road) south for about 2 miles and turn left into first entrance to Stevens Creek County Park, which is well marked by a sign.  Use credit card to pay $6 parking fee.  Continue south on Stevens Canyon Road for 1.2 miles, and shortly after the intersection of Montebello Rd on the right, turn left into the Lakeshore Picnic Area.

Thursday, July 25, Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley map

This beautiful vineyard has long views of near and distant hills and trees, winery buildings and home, barn, pond, swimming pool and cabana.

Directions: Take 280 to Palo Alto.  Exit on Alpine Road and continue south on Alpine Road (follow signs to Portola Valley) for 2.6 miles.  Turn left onto Los Trancos Rd and drive 0.5 miles.  The sign for Portola Vineyards will be on your left.  Note that street numbers are not sequential near the vineyards.  This private vineyard is opened specially for us, so do not arrive before 10 AM.

  Weekend Paintsites  

 Saturday, July 20,  Webb Ranch, Portola Valley 10:00 - 1:00

2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028 

Webb Ranch is a plein-air artist's paradise. Nestled in the Portola Valley, this working ranch features horses, farm machinery, barns, and beautiful valley scenes. Best of all, it's berry season, where artists can paint, or pick their own. Don't miss this special paintsite.


Important! The speed limit within the Ranch is 10 mph. There are children and horses throughout the ranch.




 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.