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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites


Thursday, May 23, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills 94022 map

We have the opportunity to paint plein aire at Hidden Villa again this May.  They want their Thursday visitors, mostly school groups, to observe us carrying on a fine Hidden Villa tradition, “capturing the light and color of our farm and nature areas as it happens, while it happens!”  Please be prepared for inquisitive children to ask you questions.  Hidden Villa’s founder Frank Duveneck’s father was a famous plein aire master of the 1880s.

The site of the beautiful Duveneck home was once a stage coach stop, now it is in a preserve with an organic farm, farm animals, farm implements, and old barns.  After lunch, we may have an opportunity to tour the Duveneck home. It is a lovely home which contains a couple of Duveneck paintings.

Directions: Interstate 280 to Los Altos Hills. From 280 take the Moody/El Monte turn off and go south on El Monte past the Foothill college entrance.  At the next stop sign turn left and follow Moody Road for 1.7 miles to the entrance on the left.  Pass the small parking lots near the entrance and continue to the main parking lot.  Because we are their guests, the usual $10 parking fee is optional. 

Thursday May 30:  Duc Vien Buddhist Pagoda, 2440 McLaughlin Ave, San Jose map

We have permission to paint at this beautiful Pagoda which is a piece of Vietnamese Architecture dropped into San Jose.  It is a place of worship for Vietnamese Zen Buddhists.

Directions: From 101 take Tully Road South to McLaughlin.  Turn left and go about one block and location will be on your left.

Thursday, June 6, Central Park/Lake Elizabeth, 40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont map

Central Park in Fremont has a gorgeous view of the Mission Peak Hills and Lake Elizabeth.  This park contains more than 450 acres with an 80+ acre lake and a 2 mile pathway around the lake.  This is a new location for us.

Directions: From I-880 exit onto Stevenson Blvd heading East (away from the Bay) and go 2.3 miles, turn right onto Paseo Padre Pkwy and go 0.2 miles, turn left onto Sailway Dr, pass the first parking lot on the left and continue to the second parking lot on the right.

Thursday, June 13, Casa Grande, 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose map

This impressive white building with white picket fencing was constructed in 1854, as the official residence for the New Almaden Mining Company, and has recently been renovated.  There is also a redwood water tower, outbuildings, mining equipment, garden, and a view of the hills beyond. Although the mining museum is not open on Thursdays, we will have access to the restrooms inside.

Directions:  From highway 85 take Almaden Expressway South for 4.5 miles to Almaden Road.  Turn right and drive 2.5 miles to the village of New Almaden.  La Casa Grande will be on your left.

Thursday, June 20, Maryknoll Retirement Residence, 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos map

This magnificent building was built in 1926 as a Catholic seminary for students preparing to enter the Maryknoll order.  In the mid 1970’s it was converted to a residence for retired Brothers.  The architecture contains Spanish mission, Baroque, and Oriental influences.  There are also nice views of Rancho San Antonio CP and the surrounding hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Foothill Blvd. and go south.  Turn right at the first right, Cristo Rey Drive, and go about 1 mile.  Shortly after the entrance to Rancho San Antonio on your left, turn right into the Maryknoll rear entrance.  Park in the first parking lot on your right.  Walk up the path toward the chapel and campanile.

Maryknoll by Melanie Kaye 

“The Chinese Tower at Maryknoll” by Melanie Kaye

Thursday, June 27, Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale map

The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is a replica of the Martin Murphy Jr. Bayview House which was milled in Bangor, Maine, shipped around the Horn in 1850, and assembled in Sunnyvale.  We have painted at the adjacent Heritage Orchard several times when the trees were bare or blooming and we have sketched inside the museum twice on rainy days, but this is the first time we are painting outside the home itself.  There is also an adjacent attractive barn, although we expect lots of activity around the barn due to ripe apricot picking.  Or we can paint the orchard with fruit on the trees, the farm implements by the orchard, or historical objects on display by the house.

The City of Sunnyvale will celebrate the opening of the grand entrance to the museum on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  SCVWS paintsites will have a booth at this celebration, and we welcome matted paintings of the museum, museum grounds, orchard, barn, historical objects on the grounds, etc., to display in the booth.

Directions:  From 280 take De Anza Blvd. (which becomes Saratoga Sunnyvale) north and go one mile.  Turn right onto E Fremont Ave and go 0.3 miles.  Turn left onto Manet Dr, go 0.4 miles driving past the orchard, turn right at the “Museum” sign into the parking lot, and follow “Museum” and “Orchard Heritage Park” signs.

Sunnyvale Historical Museum 

Sunnyvale Historical Museum

  Weekend Paintsites  

 Saturday May 18, Calero County Park **New entrance** 21151 McKean Rd San Jose, CA 95120 (opposite Fortini Road)

Come to enjoy spring at Calero County park newest  entrance at  Rancho San Vicente.  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rancho San Vicente showcases some of the best of the South Bay countryside, as it is preserved in Calero County Park with view of  the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The entrance  has  picnic tables  water and flush toilets. 

 Directions: Take Almaden Expressway south to Harry Road. Turn right onto Harry Road; then left onto McKean Road. The entrance is on the right; about a  miles south of Harry Road. Traveling to the park on southbound Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and turn right.  Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn right and continue about 1 mile.   Go past  the entrance to the reservoir and the entrance will be on your left (opposite Fortnitn Road )


Saturday June 8, Fredericks Field, Almaden Valley  

Just in time for lavender harvest! Special start time 9:30am – 1pm  Link

We are returning to Frederick’s Field, a private residence located in the rolling hills of Almaden Valley with lavender, fruit trees, and beautiful views of the Santa Cruz mountains. We have a special start time of 9:30am because the Almaden valley can be warm and there is little shade at prime viewing locations on the property. As this is a private residence with limited parking, this paintsite is limited to the first 25 SCVWS members who send an email to saying they wish to attend.

Directions: this paintsite is located in the hills above the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Camden Avenue. When we receive your email that you are attending, we will send detailed instructions including directions and map (and carpool info if necessary).


 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, 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.