Thursday and Weekend Paintsite Details

Thursday, March 4, 2021, Los Gatos Creek County Park

1250 Dell Ave Campbell, CA 95008 map


The Los Gatos Creek Park has views of Santa Cruz Mountains, ponds, and creek  and shows signs of the beginning of wildflower and tree blossoms. The Los Gatos Creek County Park and Trail offers recreational opportunities for nature lovers. There's shade, seating and restrooms.

Did you know? The Los Gatos Creek County Park percolation ponds are fed by one of the few urban streams in Santa Clara Valley. It is both a riparian corridor for plants and wildlife and is part of an intricate system of water resources and flood protection. Stormwater from the watershed that drains into Los Gatos Creek is captured by the Lexington Reservoir in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Reservoir water is released and carried to recharge ponds via the creek to refill, the valley's groundwater basin. Water held in the ponds seeps or "percolates" into  the underground storage basin.

Directions: The park can be maddening to locate as it is bounded by Los Gatos Creek,  Hwy 17 and railroad tracks. Dell Avenue can be accessed from San Thomas Expressway via Winchester Boulevard or from Camden Avenue. Pay close attention to brown county park directional signs. Meet at kiosk (parking is free).

From the south take CA-85 N to Hwy 17, exit Camden Avenue, turn left on to White Oaks and again left onto Camden. Take Camden/Dell Ave exit from San Thomas and follow the “loop”. Park is located on the left.

From the North Take Hwy 85 exit Winchester Boulevard head north 1 mile and turn right onto Hacienda Avenue. Turn left onto Dell and park is located on the right. 

Pandemic Guidelines for scheduled Paintsites events

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.

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 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. 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.