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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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, September 17: Santana Row Rooftops, 377 Santana Row, San Jose map

Join us for a bird’s-eye view or find your quiet corner at Santana Row! Meet on the 4th floor of the large parking garage on Alyssum Lane (not Olin Avenue or Olsen Drive).

Directions: From Hwy17, exit Stevens Creek Boulevard. From Steven Creek Boulevard, turn left into Santana Row. Turn right on Alyssum Lane. From Hwy 280S: take Exit 6 for Winchester Boulevard. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Moorpark Ave. Turn left onto Winchester Boulevard and proceed to Alyssum Lane parking garage (northern-most lot).

Thursday, September 24: Sierra Azul Nursery, 2660 East Lake Avenue (Hwy 152) Watsonville map

Join us on our next road trip and enjoy sculptures in a 2-acre garden! In addition to supporting the Pajaro Valley artists, the Sierra Azul nursery is open and has adopted health protocols as an essential business.

The nursery offers a wide selection of beneficial, edible, and water-wise plants (succulents, grasses, natives, and Mediterraneans) in a handsomely arranged retail setting and in a mature demonstration garden.

The Paintsites first visit here was in 2016, and tho' a bit of a drive, it was well worth it ....

Directions: From 17S to Santa Cruz, take Hwy 1-South for about 13 miles. Take exit 427 for Airport Blvd toward Freedom, turn left on Ranport Rd, turn left onto Airport Blvd (which turns into Holohan Rd)and go a total of 3.6 miles. Then turn left on E. Lake Ave and go 1.6 miles. The nursery will be on your right. In case of traffic delays on Hwy 17 or Hwy 1, or as an alternate route for south county residents: Take 101 South, then take Hwy 152 -West (Hecker Pass Rd which turns into East Lake), and the nursery will be on your left on Hwy 152.

Thursday, October 8: Mount Madonna County Park Hike & Sketch, 7850 Pole Line Rd, Watsonville map Documents/Mt%20Madonna%20Guide%20Map. pdf

This 4,605-acre park is dominated by the redwood forest so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. A 1-mile self-guided nature trail winds around the ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller's summer home.

Join us virtually:

Directions: The park is located on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass Highway), 10 miles west of Gilroy. From the east, use Highway 101, and take the Highway 152 West exit. From the west, use Highway 1, and take the Highway 152 East exit. The main entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road (a sharp turn north, so look for it). To find us at the meeting spot - follow Pole Line Road for about a mile (no need to check into ranger kiosk) to the Amphitheatre and turn right to park in either the Hilltop Parking lot or the lot adjacent to Miller Trail. A short walk to the ruins and redwoods is on Upper or Lower Miller trail.

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.