Paintsite Details

Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, March 14: Saratoga Heritage Orchard, 13650 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga map

There is a 14 acre orchard of apricot and other fruit trees with a view of the hills beyond.  We are hoping the orchard will be in bloom.  The orchard shares the parking lot with the Saratoga Library.

Directions: Take Highway 85 to Saratoga Avenue and go south toward Saratoga.  Stay in the right hand lane and go past Fruitvale Ave.  Turn left into the Saratoga Library parking lot.  Park at the far side of the lot.

Thursday March 21: Overfelt Gardens Park, 2145 McKee Rd, parking lot on Educational Park Dr, San Jose, map

There is a change of plan.  Whereas we had planned to paint at a beautiful garden, the heavy winter rains so delayed the blooming season that there is almost nothing blooming in the garden.  But the heavy rains filled the ponds at Overfelt Gardens Park, so we will paint there instead.

The 33 acre Overfelt Gardens Park features many interesting structures in the Chinese Cultural Garden, a large statue of Confucius, several ponds, and a California Native plant and wildlife sanctuary.  The gates to the fenced park open at 10 AM.

Directions to parking lot:  Take Hwy 101 to McKee.  Go east on McKee for about a mile, make a U turn at Jose Figueres Ave, go west on McKee for a short distance past the park, turn right on Educational Park Drive, and the parking lot will be on the right at the end of the park.

Overfelt Gardens Park

Thursday, March 28, Santa Clara Mission, 1063 Alviso St, Santa Clara, map to garage

A beautiful mission surrounded by lovely campus buildings, rose gardens, palm trees and more.  The last time we visited in March the wisteria was in beautiful blossom.

Directions to NEW parking garage which is closer to Mission:  From 880 take the Alameda north.  Alameda becomes El Camino Real.  Drive past the main entrance at Palm Drive, turn left on Benton, left on Alviso, immediately left into “North Parking Garage” on the left.

Artists at Santa Clara Mission

Artists painting at Santa Clara Mission

Thursday, April 4, Private Garden in San Jose

SCVWS members will paint at a lovely private garden in San Jose where we last painted in the spring of 2016.  Details will be emailed on Sunday, March 31 to SCVWS members who have expressed interest in Thursday paintsites.

Thursday, April 11, Paintsite and Hike & Sketch at Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, 4289 Casa Loma Rd, Morgan Hill map

Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mounts and has wildflowers in the meadow and hillsides in the springtime.  For hikers, naturalist and paintsite regular Edward Rooks will lead the hike, stopping at several locations with different vistas allowing time to sketch.  Take your lunch and your stool with you and travel light on the painting supplies.

For non-hikers the parking lot is adjacent to a meadow which is surrounded by trees and sometimes is full of wildflowers.  There is also a paved, ADA and wheelchair accessible Llagas Creek Loop Trail (0.5 miles) for a very short hike.

The preserve has a restroom but no water, so bring your own water.

Directions: GPS alert:  not all GPS are accurate in this area.  Only trust your GPS if its directions match these directions.  From US-101 S in South San Jose take exit 373 to Bailey Ave, turn right (west) on Bailey Ave and go 3 miles.  Turn left onto McKean Rd and go 2.4 miles.  Turn right onto Casa Loma Rd and go 1.7 miles, and the preserve will be on the left.  The road will narrow before you reach the preserve.

Thursday, April 18, Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga map

We have been invited to Hakone Gardens by SCVWS member Kay Duffy, who will be at the gate to let us in at 10:00, so please try to be there at that time.

This is a lovely Japanese Garden with stone lanterns, Japanese houses, koi ponds, waterfalls, wooden bridges, and dwarf pines and maples, and hopefully with some wonderful blossoms.  Please do not block paths with your painting equipment.  Bring lunch but eat only in picnic area.   Normal fee waived because we are considered Kay’s “students” for this paintout.

Directions: From downtown Saratoga, drive west on Big Basin Way to Hakone, look for sign on left, just outside of Saratoga. It is 0.6 mile from intersection of Highway 9 and Saratoga Ave to the turnoff to Hakone.  The road is a steep and narrow uphill road.

Thursday, April 25: Nola’s Iris Garden, Prevost Ranch and Gardens, 4195 Sierra Road, San Jose, 95132  map

Beautiful iris gardens located in the east foothills of San Jose. The gardens are open for plant sales in the springtime only.

Directions: Highway 680 to Berryessa Road East exit. Take Berryessa Road east to Piedmont Road. Turn left on Piedmont to 1st traffic signal and turn right onto Sierra Road. Continue up the hill on Sierra Road 2.1 miles. After passing a vista point on your left continue 50 yards and the driveway will be directly in front of you.

Brad painting at Nola's Garden

Brad painting at Nola’s Iris Garden, April, 2016

  Weekend Paintsites  

Saturday March 9, Belgatos Park, Los Gatos 308 Belgatos Lane, Los Gatos, 95032

This 17 acre neighborhood park has oak trees, playground, lawn areas, and hiking trails which connect to the Santa Rosa Open Space and the Heintz Open Space.  The trails in the open space have elevation gain giving a valley vista.

Directions: From Highway 85 heading east, take the Union Ave exit, turn left on Samaritan Drive, then right (south) on Union Ave.  From Highway 85 heading west, take the Union Ave exit, then turn right (south) on Union Ave.

For all drivers, drive about 1 mile on Union Ave, turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd and drive 0.6 mile, turn right on Belgatos Rd and drive 0.4 miles.  The park is at the end of Belgatos Road.  Street parking or small parking lot inside the park.


Saturday April 13, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 10:00 am 1:00 pm


We are invited back for spring at the farm! Come enjoy a day and you are welcome to quietly observe baby pigs, goats and lambs. 

Hidden Villa was founded by Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who purchased the land in 1924.Together, the Duveneck's lived on their ranch, "Hidden Villa," which was also used as a summer camp for poor, inner-city children and as a base for Josephine's social and environmental work. This private wilderness preserve stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Directions: Take Hwy. 280 N. to the El Monte/Moody Rd. exit in Los Altos and head west on El Monte Road. Pass Foothill College and turn left on Moody Road for 1.7 miles. Look for  the Hidden Villa sign on the left. (26870 Moody Rd.)  The $10 daily parking fee is waived when you mention you are with the Saturday weekend paint sites.  Please park in the Main Parking Lot.

 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.  Alison Turner leads our weekend paintsites. 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.