This page lists links to other local painting group websites.

Bay Area Contemporary Plein Air Circle, or BACPAC- Sunday paintouts: If you are interested in joining the distribution list for Sunday Paintouts, please email Kim Holl at kimhollpainting@yahoo.com.  She will be happy to add you.


VDS - Valle del Sur Art Guild

PaintOuts usually in South Santa Clara County. This year’s schedule is posted at:


You don’t need to be a member ... just show up and paint.


MBPAPA – Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association

PaintOuts usually in Monterey or Santa Cruz Counties. We also have a Paintout Site Archive, and links to local CAMS:


You don’t need to be a member ... just show up and paint.


Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (only water media)


To clarify your questions and concerns about the SCVWS member criteria, attendance at "Paintsites" (the term for the plein air group) isn't restricted to members (unless we're going to a member's home --- which we've only done three times in 2015 -- and in which case we sometimes have to limit the number of artists who can participate --- that's up to the homeowner).      We ask that only water media be used as, when I request permission to visit a site, I state that we won't be using any chemical solvents.

"Exhibits" and "Workshops" are the two other main activities that the Society sponsors.   For most Workshops, if a demo is given, the demo is free and open to the public.  The workshop itself, however, isn't free and non-members pay $30 more than members.   (Coincidentally, annual membership is $30.)   For Exhibits, I have no idea if there is any membership criteria as I've never entered a show.