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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, April 5: Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga map

Once the grand estate of Senator James Phelan, Villa Montalvo is a lovely mansion surrounded by formal gardens with arbors and statues.

Directions: From Hwy 85 exit at Saratoga Avenue, and drive south 1.8 miles to downtown Saratoga. Turn left at light onto Hwy 9 / Saratoga - Los Gatos Road. Drive 1/3 mile and turn right onto Montalvo Road. Continue approximately 1 mile to Montalvo grounds.   Drive past Lot #1 and park in any of the lots closer to the villa.  Meet on the lawn in front of the villa.

Please note that some web-based mapping services may direct you to turn onto Mendelson from Hwy 9. Do not use these directions, it will lead you to the Exit Gate which is one-way only. The Main Gate is accessible from Montalvo Road only.


Villa Montalvo by Liz Siegel 

“Villa Montalvo” by Liz Siegel

Thursday, April 12: Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont map

There is lots to paint here - marshes, bay and hill views. Hikers: Marilyn is leading this hike.  She plans to start out at 10:15 a.m. and stop as a group about three or four times to sketch/paint, taking about 30 minutes at each stop, eating our packed lunch at one of the stops.  Planned stops include the top of a hill for panoramic vista of the Bay, close up of rock formations, and the boardwalk at the marsh.  We would anticipate being out until at least 2:00. Please email or phone the organizers if you would like to participate in this. Travel light! Non-hikers are welcome too and will find plenty to paint at the grassy area by the Visitor Center and parking lot, including the edge of the marshes and the hills beyond.

Directions: Coyote Hills is at the west end of Patterson Ranch Road/Commerce Drive in Fremont. There is a $5 parking fee.  From I-880, take Highway 84 west, exit at Paseo Padre Parkway, turn right, and drive north about one mile. Turn left onto Patterson Ranch Road. Drive 1.5 mile, past the entrance kiosk and Quarry Staging Area, to the parking lot at the end of the road (near the Visitor Center).

From the Peninsula, take Highway 84 East (Dumbarton Bridge), take exit 36 for Thornton Ave/Paseo Padre Pkwy, turn left, drive 1.2 miles.  Turn left onto Patterson Ranch Road.  Drive 1.5 miles, past the entrance kiosk and Quarry Staging Area, to the parking lot at the end of the road (near the Visitor Center).

Thursday, April 19, Campbell Community Center and Heritage Theatre, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell map

The historic Heritage Theatre was originally built as the Campbell Union High School Auditorium. Built in 1938 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the theatre has arched front windows, open grillwork and hand-painted tile decorations. There are also two reflecting pools in front of the building.  Brad is the leader for this paintsite.

Directions: From Highway 17, Exit at Hamilton Avenue and go West on Hamilton. Turn left at the 3rd Traffic signal onto Winchester Blvd. Turn Right at the Second traffic signal onto Campbell Ave. Turn right at the next traffic signal into the Community Center parking lot.

Thursday, April 26, Cummins Iris Garden, 165 Canham Road, Scotts Valley map

2010 article from Santa Cruz Sentinel

Beautiful views, lots of irises (can be purchased) and other flowers, and a wonderful hoard of bits and pieces, including farm machinery and gardening equipment at this private property in the foothills beyond Scotts Valley.  There is a barn, sheds, and a little creek running across the property with a small bridge. It's just delightful!  The property was once a stage stop between Santa Cruz and San Jose where the stages changed to a fresh team of horses to go over the hill. The old house dates back to the late 1840’s and has stood during two major earthquakes, 1906 and 1989.  Due to the distance from the Bay Area, carpooling is encouraged.

Directions:  Take the first Scotts Valley exit off highway 17 south, Scotts Valley Dr, and turn right.  Go straight across Scotts Valley Drive to Glenwood Drive.  Follow this road just over a mile and take Canham Road on the right.  Property is the first one you get to on the left.  Park in the gravel area in front of the barn. AS THIS IS ALSO A PRIVATE RESIDENCE, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 10:00 AM.

Thursday, May 3: San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee & Dana Ave, San Jose 95126 map

The 5 1/2 acre Rose Garden has over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties, set against a backdrop of a cathedral of redwood trees.

Directions:  From 880, take either Bascom or Alameda.  Turn onto Naglee Ave and go to Dana Ave. Street parking.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden 

Artwork by Salinda Zunkel

Thursday, May 10: Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens, 5335 Sierra Road, San Jose, 95132 map

We have permission to paint at this commercial peony garden in the East Bay foothills. The property is in a beautiful, peaceful setting with uninterrupted views of the Calaveras reservoir and the surrounding grassy hillsides dotted with oaks and shrubs.  The peonies in bloom make a glorious display against a backdrop of dark Douglas firs.

Directions:  Please use these directions and ignore Google, GPS, Yahoo, etc.!!  Do not use Sierra Road from the valley - it is narrow, winding, steep, and one lane traffic in parts. From 237/Calaveras Road in Milpitas continue east on Calaveras into the hills. Pass Ed Levin Park and Spring Valley Golf Course and stay on the main road all the way up the hill. The main road changes names - Calaveras > Felter > Sierra. Do not turn off the main road until you see a large yellow Peony Flower Farm - Olive Oil sign on your left with an arrow pointing to the right up an unmarked road next to a bank of mailboxes. Address numbers are not in any particular order. Pass several houses on the right side and the peony garden is on the left about the equivalent of two blocks up the road. There are plenty of signs to let you know that you have arrived.  It is approximately 8 miles from the intersection of 680 and Calaveras to peony garden turn-off.  Carpools suggested.

Thursday, May 17, To Be Determined

We are going to pick the location just before May 13 so we can pick the best site for weather and conditions.  Check the SCVWS website and the Sunday, May 13 reminder email to see what we decided.

Thursday, May 24, Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga map

Vineyards, wine tasting barn, winery equipment, stables, and horses.  They are both a working horse ranch and a winery, so please be respectful of folks and your subjects by setting up out of the way of cars, tractors, people, and horses.

Directions: From Hwy 85 take De Anza Blvd. exit and go south for 1 mile; right on Pierce Rd for 1.8 miles; right on Mt Eden Rd for 1 mile; right on Garrod Rd for about 0.1 mile.  Watch for signs for Garrod Farms, Wine Tasting and Stables.

Thursday, May 31, Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave, Atherton map

A beautiful 22 acre city park with gardens, fountain, and two very impressive architectural structures, the carriage house and the water tower.  This is a new location for us.

Directions: From 101 north take exit 406 for Hwy 84 E/Marsh Road, turn left onto Marsh Rd and go 1.3 miles, turn left on Middlefield Rd and go 0.1 miles, turn right on Watkins Rd, go 0.3 miles, and the park is on your left.

  Weekend Paintsites  


Saturday, April 21 San Jose History Park  635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

 10 am-1pm Park Info

Bonus! We will be joining the S.F. Bay Area Printers Fair at San Jose’s History Park celebrating letterpress printing, typography, book arts, ephemera, fine paper, printmaking, Print enthusiasts, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers will enjoy the demonstrations, and exhibitors.  

Double Bonus! Urban sketches by local artist Suhita Shirodkar, will be on display.

Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.

Directions History Park is located at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue. Parking is available in the City of San José parking lot at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6, seniors $2, or free on Alma Ave. if no sporting event is taking place at Municipal Stadium. Restrooms are available.

 Saturday, May 5, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden 10:00-1:00  Restrooms Available

Here's a chance to finish your painting of May 3, or add to your rose garden portfolio.

Painters can enjoy colorful, showy blooms  this season, when in early May  the acres of fragrant, majestic roses are at their most beautiful stage.The 5 1/2 acre Rose Garden has over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties, set against a backdrop of a cathedral of redwood trees.


Directions:  From 880, take either Bascom or Alameda.  Turn onto Naglee Ave and go to Dana Ave. Street parking.



 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.