Thursday and Weekend Paintsites Details

Please note Paintsites Blog Changes: As of September 2021 the Paintsites blog has returned to being published after each paint site. If however, there are not enough artwork submissions (more than 2) for the current week, your photos will be  included in the  following issue. All other Blog guidelines remain the same. 

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The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible. The organizers are usually there at 10 AM. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site.  If COVID restrictions are not in place, then after lunch we will share our paintings. 

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 paint site email cannot be guaranteed. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite.

Pandemic Guidelines for scheduled Paintsites events :  

In accordance with the state of California, Paintsites will continue to keep existing mask guidance in place until June 15. After this date you will still have the option to wear a mask if you choose. Note, some of our sites have limited visitor requirements and may require masks and self distancing regardless of the state’s guidelines. When they do, we will post this information in the paintsite detail with instructions.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021: Patchen Old Town Tree Farm, 22217 Old Santa Cruz Hwy MAPS

Join us at a local tree farm-Patchen Tree farm is welcoming us to paint the Santa Cruz Mountains this holiday season. This large farm has the original barn, repurposed 1878 Post office, a footbridge and a 200 year old sleigh! Perhaps we may see Santa helpers that may take disPatches!

Historic Patchen, California is one of five “Ghost Towns of the Santa Cruz Mountains” which grew and flourished during the last half of the nineteenth century. Patchen was a vibrant center of activity and local culture for over a century. During the 1940’s the town was bypassed and isolated by the construction of Highway 17 but since the late 1960’s it has come alive again as a Christmas Tree ranch, preserving much of the charm and character of its nineteenth century heritage.

Directions: Take Hwy 17 South. Take the Summit Rd exit and turn right onto Summit Road. Go over the Hwy and turn left, then left again onto Mountain Charley Road (if you miss it, keep going and turn left onto Old Santa Cruz Hwy).

NOTE: There are TWO tree farms - we are meeting at the Old Town tree farm on Old Santa Cruz Hwy. Look for the Old Patchen Sign and a large wreath. Turn left and head up the hill and park at the Mountain View Inn Lot.

Thursday, December 16, 2021:  Central Wholesale Nursery, 1670 McKinley Ave, San Jose   Maps

Watercolor by Annie, Central Wholesale Nursery Dec 2019

We have permission to paint at this beautiful outdoor nursery with plants for the holidays: poinsettias, cyclamen, potted evergreen trees, pottery, fountains, ornaments, etc. 

They ask that we park by the back entrance on the T-section of McKinley Ave and La Barbera Dr and De Rose Way where there is plenty of street parking. 

Directions:  Approaching on 280 going east, exit toward Bascom Ave/Leigh Ave, merge onto Moorpark Ave, and go 0.3 miles, turn right onto Leigh Ave and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go past the nursery on the right, take the first right turn at La Barbera Dr and park near the back entrance.

Approaching on 280 going west (toward San Francisco), take the Race St/Southwest Expy exit, keep left, follow signs for Southwest Expy and go 0.4 miles, continue onto Southwest Expy and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto Fruitdale Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Leigh Ave and go 0.3 miles, turn left onto Southwest Expy, go past the nursery on the right, take the first right turn at La Barbera Dr and park near the back entrance.



'Virtual' Weekend Paintsites 

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