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We are resuming our plein air paintsites project! To keep our members and guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 era, we must change how we do things. Some of our sites have limited visitor requirements. When they do, we will post this information in the paintsite detail with instructions. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. rule. We will not be taking photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo and submit to according to our submission guidelines.

Take a digital photo of your painting and crop it as you would like it to appear.




 Thursday, October 22, Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136 map

287 acres of land has been farmed by Edward Cottle and his descendants for 150 years until 2014. Martial Cottle park has views of the Santa Clara valley  and includes farm and farm buildings. To achieve the wishes of Ethel Cottle Lester and her family, Santa Clara County Parks partnered with several entities to maintain its agricultural history and preserve this land for future generations. The Cottle-Lester family withstood the pressures of urban development and turned down fortunes offered by developers. It's the result of one man's generosity, vision and desire to preserve a small part of the Santa Clara Valley's agricultural heritage for future generations.  Let's meet the spirit of Walter Cottle Lester . “I was born here. I’ve spent my entire life here. It would be nice for kids in future generations to know what it was like before it all changed.” (from a 2013 San Jose Mercury News interview)

Directions: From Highway 85 South, take the Blossom Hill Rd exit and turn left on Blossom Hill Rd. Travel approximately 0.5 miles and turn left onto Snell Ave. There is an admission to the park or free parking available on Chynoweth Drive. Meet in front of the visitors center.

View some of the Martial Cottle Park historical archives and collections items here.


Thursday, October 29, 2020: Spirits of New Almaden, 21800 Bertram, San Jose, 95120, Map

Historic Saint Anthony Church on Bertram Rd., New Almaden

Let's experience the spirit(s) of New Almaden! The New Almaden Historic District is located along Almaden Road between Casa Grande and south entrance Almaden Quicksilver County Park. It contains many historic houses and buildings linked to the quicksilver (mercury) mining history dating back to the 1840s.  Many of the people who managed or worked for the mines lived in New Almaden and their houses still remain. The area is steeped in history, to recount the area’s history from the Native Americans to the Spanish to the miners and settlers — sprinkled in with a few ghost stories, including the legend of Bert Bertram's arm. On Halloween night, legend has it that Bertram’s arm awakens from its slumber and emerges from the grave. Sometimes it can be heard ambling down the bumpy road toward Oak Hill Cemetery, where the rest of Bertram was buried in 1959. Bertram’s old house just across the Los Alamitos Creek from the cemetery.

One source of spook is that the boundaries of the cemetery were not known for many years, and nearby houses likely were built on top of graves. Because of the graves, some believe that a few of the structures on Bertram and Almaden roads are haunted — and deeds to some of the homes contain warnings of spirits.

For additional information about New Almaden and Almaden Quicksilver Park, see:

Meet at Saint Anthony Historic Church, (21800 Bertram Road, San Jose) located opposite La Foret restaurant. We need permission to enter the Hacienda Cemetery as a group.

Directions: From Hwy 85 exit Almaden Expressway south. Head south 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Almaden Road for 3 miles past the post office

Turn sharp left at Bertram Road (there are two exits to Bertram Road). There is street parking opposite the Saint Anthony Historic Church and the Hacienda Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver County Park.


Weekend Paintsites to continue "virtual"

Weekenders, join in the fun and submit a photo of your painting each week for the blog. See the guidelines above and submit a photo your plein air (preferred) painting to 


 General Information

The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible.  The organizers will be there from the posted start time. Alison Turner is our temporary leader. 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. Artists who wish to have a photo of their painting on the paintsites blog are asked to take the digital photo themselves, crop, and email to

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.

Be aware that government COVID-19 restrictions are subject to change at any time. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite.