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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites


Thursday February 21: Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Blvd, San Jose, map 

https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

We will be painting in the beautiful garden of this wonderful wandering Victorian mansion designed to baffle the evil spirits that haunted Sarah Winchester.

Directions: If traveling South on 280, exit at Winchester Blvd., turn left on Moorpark and left again on Winchester Blvd and mansion is on your left. From other highways take the Stevens Creek exit, go West on Stevens Creek, turn left on Winchester Blvd., the mansion will be on your right.

Tell them at the gate that you are with the watercolor society and will be painting in the garden. There will be no charge. 


Thursday February 28: Belgatos Park, 308 Belgatos Lane, Los Gatos, 95032 map

http://www.losgatosca.gov/900/Belgatos-Park

This 17 acre neighborhood park has oak trees, playground, lawn areas, and hiking trails which connect to the Santa Rosa Open Space and the Heintz Open Space.  The trails in the open space have elevation gain giving a valley vista.

Directions: From Highway 85 heading east, take the Union Ave exit, turn left on Samaritan Drive, then right (south) on Union Ave.  From Highway 85 heading west, take the Union Ave exit, then turn right (south) on Union Ave.

For all drivers, drive about 1 mile on Union Ave, turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd and drive 0.6 mile, turn right on Belgatos Rd and drive 0.4 miles.  The park is at the end of Belgatos Road.  Street parking or small parking lot inside the park.

Belgatos Park by Rich Bloechl

"View from Belgatos Park" by Rich Bloechl


Thursday, March 7, San Francisco Botanical Garden and Monet exhibit at de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

https://www.sfbg.org/plant-collections

Link to Magnolias Walk

https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/late-monet

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/monets-final-glorious-years-on-view-at-de-young-museum

The magnificent magnolias of the San Francisco Botanical Garden will be in glorious bloom and we have permission to paint in the garden.  The garden has nearly 100 magnolia trees.  Admission to the garden is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors (65+).  Please pay attention to the SFBG rules: do not dump watercolor waste water in the garden and do not block pathways with chairs or painting equipment.  We have permission to bring our art carts and to set up our easels in the garden.

In the afternoon we have the option to visit the nearby de Young Museum to view the exhibition “Monet: The Late Years” featuring 50 paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926 including works inspired by his own garden at Giverny.  Purchase your own timed entry ticket to the exhibition at cost of $35 for adults, $32 for seniors (65+), free for members but reservation required.  Click on the Monet link above to buy your tickets.  We recommend that you select a time between 12:30 and 1:30 pm and be sure to coordinate with your carpool partners.

Rain will cancel outdoor painting but will not cancel our visit to the exhibition. 

Directionshttps://www.sfbg.org/visit
Meet at Friend (North) entrance.  As always when parking in San Francisco, do not leave valuables in your car.

map to San Francisco Botanical Garden


Thursday, March 14: Saratoga Heritage Orchard, 13650 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga map

http://www.saratogahistory.com/

http://www.saratogahistory.com/blossomfestival/

There is a 14 acre orchard of apricot and other fruit trees with a view of the hills beyond.  We are hoping the orchard will be in bloom.  The orchard shares the parking lot with the Saratoga Library.

Directions: Take Highway 85 to Saratoga Avenue and go south toward Saratoga.  Stay in the right hand lane and go past Fruitvale Ave.  Turn left into the Saratoga Library parking lot.  Park at the far side of the lot.


Thursday March 21: Kirk-Farrington House, 1615 Dry Creek Road, San Jose, 95125  map

http://www.farringtonfoundation.org/legacy/thegarden/

We have special permission to paint at the Kirk-Farrington House in San Jose. The house is a beautiful white Italianate-style Victorian built in 1878 by Theophilus Kirk. The garden has some lovely plantings including wisteria, roses and (hopefully) peonies in bloom. We have been asked specifically not to dispose of waste water or paint supplies on the grounds, and we suggest that you bring a separate empty container to remove your used painting water.

Directions: Check a map for best directions from your area. From the North, Hwy 280 exit Meridian Ave south and turn left on Dry Creek Road. From the South exit Hwy 85 at Branham Lane, left on Meridian, right on Dry Creek, or exit Hwy 17 at Hamilton Ave East, right on Meridian, left on Dry Creek.  Please park on the street because the house and grounds including the gates for the on-site parking lot are locked at 1:00 PM.


Thursday, March 28, Santa Clara Mission, 1063 Alviso St, Santa Clara, map to garage

https://www.scu.edu/missionchurch/

http://www.missionscalifornia.com/keyfacts/santa-clara-de-asis.html

A beautiful mission surrounded by lovely campus buildings, rose gardens, palm trees and more.  The last time we visited in March the wisteria was in beautiful blossom.

Directions to NEW parking garage which is closer to Mission:  From 880 take the Alameda north.  Alameda becomes El Camino Real.  Drive past the main entrance at Palm Drive, turn left on Benton, left on Alviso, immediately left into “North Parking Garage” on the left.

Artists at Santa Clara Mission

Artists painting at Santa Clara Mission


  Weekend Paintsites  


 Saturday March 9, Belgatos Park, Los Gatos 308 Belgatos Lane, Los Gatos, 95032 

http://www.losgatosca.gov/900/Belgatos-Park

This 17 acre neighborhood park has oak trees, playground, lawn areas, and hiking trails which connect to the Santa Rosa Open Space and the Heintz Open Space.  The trails in the open space have elevation gain giving a valley vista.

Directions: From Highway 85 heading east, take the Union Ave exit, turn left on Samaritan Drive, then right (south) on Union Ave.  From Highway 85 heading west, take the Union Ave exit, then turn right (south) on Union Ave.

For all drivers, drive about 1 mile on Union Ave, turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd and drive 0.6 mile, turn right on Belgatos Rd and drive 0.4 miles.  The park is at the end of Belgatos Road.  Street parking or small parking lot inside the park.


 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.  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 http://www.scvws.org/ 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.