Paintsite Details

Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, December 13, Old Town Los Gatos, 50 University Ave, Los Gatos map

Shops, restaurants, arts galleries and walkways housed in what was once an elementary school.  The buildings are pale stucco with red tile roofs.  Just south of Old Town is the historic St. Luke's Church and opposite are yet more interesting storefronts.

Directions: From Highway 17 take the Los Gatos/Saratoga Road (West) and then turn left on University Ave and go about six blocks.  Old Town is on your left.  Much of the nearby parking has 2 or 3 hour limits or residential permit required, but there are six public lots with free unlimited parking:

Old Town Los Gatos by Laurie Barna 

“Old Town, Los Gatos” by Laurie Barna

Thursday, December 27, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford map

The Main Quad has distinctive Richardsonian Romanesque and California Mission Revival architecture.  Nearby is Hoover Tower and some of Stanford’s unique freestanding outdoor sculptures.  We will meet in the Main Quad.  Unfortunately we were denied permission to set up easels.

Directions: From Highway 280 exit onto Sand Hill Road and drive east approximately three miles to Stanford Shopping Center.  Turn right onto Arboretum Road, right onto Palm Drive and continue on to The Oval.  Because we are visiting during “Winter Closure”, there is no fee for parking and you may park along The Oval.

Thursday, January 3, Paintsite at Alum Rock Park, 16260 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose, map

This historic park has wonderful oaks, maples, and sycamores, active mineral springs and grottos, plus Penitencia Creek which is crossed by several quaint stone bridges.  Unlike some previous visits, our 2018 outing will be a paintsite.  Carpools suggested due to $6/vehicle parking fee.

Directions: From 680 take the McKee exit east and drive on McKee Rd toward the East Bay Hills about 1.3 miles.  Turn left onto Toyon Ave and go 0.9 miles.  Turn right onto Penitencia Creek Rd and go 1.6 miles into Alum Rock Park until you reach the large parking lot near Youth Science Institute. 

Alum Rock Park by Cathy Belleville 

“Alum Rock Park” by Cathy Belleville

Thursday, January 10, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park, 372 Manila Dr, San Jose map

There is a restored historic ranch house, garden, farm buildings and barns, plus farm machinery and equipment, with shaded areas to sit and paint. Santa Teresa hills form a backdrop and beautiful setting.  This wonderful historic site was added to Santa Teresa Park a few years ago.

Directions: From highway 85 take Cottle south. Turn left on Santa Teresa Blvd, first right on Camino Verde. Continue on through residential area until the road dead-ends on Manilla Drive. The park is just ahead of you and car parking is on Manilla Drive alongside the park.

Thursday, January 17, Los Altos Redwood Grove, 482 University Ave, Los Altos 94022 map

This is a lovely preserve of first growth redwoods with a creek running through it.  With the return of the rainy season, we are hoping there will be water in the creek.

Directions: From Foothill Expressway in Los Altos, take Main Street going west, then turn left on University and go 0.2 miles.  The entrance to the grove is marked (although hard to see) on the right.  Street parking.

Thursday, January 24, Paintsite to be determined

The location of this paintsite will be announced on the SCVWS website and by email by January 20, 2019.

Thursday, January 31, Downtown Pleasanton and CWA National Exhibition, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton 94566 map

This community has a charming old downtown, just waiting to be painted with attractive red brick buildings along tree lined streets. After lunch we will visit the Firehouse Arts Center to view the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition where paintsite regular Tiangong Liu and other SCVWS members have art displayed in this juried prestigious exhibition.

We will meet at the Firehouse Arts Center where nearby painting subjects are an enormous Eucalyptus tree and cute Victorian homes.  The historic downtown is only one block away and has lots of benches where we could sit and paint.

Directions: Take 680 north to Sunol Blvd Pleasanton (Exit 25). Turn right onto Sunol Blvd which turns into First Street and go 1.5 miles.  Turn left on Neal St and go one block, turn right on Railroad Ave and the Arts Center is on the right within the first block.  Very limited street parking (some street parking has time limit) or continue past the Arts Center, and immediately past the building turn right where you see the blue Parking sign.  Meet at the Firehouse Arts Center which faces First Street.  The historic downtown is along Main Street which is parallel to Railroad and one block west of Railroad.

  Weekend Paintsites  

Saturday, December 8  Yamagami's Nursery 1361 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 

Yamagami's Garden Center and Nursery has a rich history and deep sense of community dating back to 1948 when the original owner and visionary Taro Yamagami started Yamagami’s Nursery. The site has many varieties of plants and shrubs for us to enjoy. They will also feature special holiday collections. Painting from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Directions: From Highway 85, turn south toward Saratoga on De Anza Blvd. The Nursery is on the right about 1/4 mile from the exit. 


 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.