Monday, June 24, 2019

Maryknoll Retirement Residence, Los Altos, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Maryknoll is a magnificent building easily visible from I-280 just north of the Foothill Expressway Exit.  It was built in 1926 as a Catholic seminary for students preparing to enter the Maryknoll order, a Catholic society dedicated to missionary work in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  In the mid 1970’s it was converted to a residence for retired Brothers.  The architecture contains Spanish mission, Baroque, and Oriental influences.  The design of the Chinese-influenced tower visible from I-280 was inspired by the first Maryknoll mission to China in 1918.

This was the first time we painted at Maryknoll in the summer.  The temperature was warm enough that we all sought shelter from the sun in the shade of the trees in the courtyard or in the beautiful garden areas.

For more information about Maryknoll Retirement Residence visit:

Link to Los Altos Town Crier article

For more photos from our paintsite, visit Edward Rooks's Flickr album at:

Upcoming Paintsites.  See the SCVWS website or the June/July Newsletters for details.

  • Thursday, June 27, Sunnyvale Historical Museum
  • Thursday, July 11, Moss Landing Harbor
  • Thursday, July 18, Stevens Creek County Park Lakeshore Picnic Area, Cupertino
  • Saturday, July 20, Webb Ranch, Portola Valley
  • Thursday, July 25, Portola Vineyards, Portola Valley

Artists and their artwork:

Some artists included the bell tower and as much of the building as they could see:

Brad's painting


Edward's painting


Indira's painting


Annie's painting


Helen's sepia painting


Tiangong's painting

 Some artists focused on the bell tower:

Benay's painting


Jane S's unfinished painting

Paintsite co-coordinator Jane S.

Mary's painting

Sham's painting

Marilyn's painting

Tanvi preferred a different view of the bell tower,
the view looking south past the chapel.



Jane P.


Toni is peaking out from under her sunhat

We welcome Jan to paintsites
 Some artists were able to resist the bell tower:

Iris's painting


Leslie's painting highlighted the bougainvillea


Lorraine's painting highlighted the cloister walk
on the far side of the chapel


Susan B-G's painting highlighted the jacaranda tree

Susan B-G

Matt's painting featured the Chinese tower,
the structure so prominently visible from I-280

This house finch had a nest at the edge of the parking lot

The Maryknoll property has a commanding view of I-280 and the Bay Area
all the way from San Jose to the south to Mount Diablo and Oakland to the north.

We had our lunch under the shade of a large magnolia tree in view of the bell tower

Matt is showing his painting during our sharing time.

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