VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring Viva member, printmaker MARK HERRLING for the Month of July

An artists reception will be Thursday, July 5th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

This month First Thursday's reception will be followed by a dinner next door at Rooted Spoon.







Artists Statement

VIVA Gallery’s First Thursday opening reception will take place on July 5, and for a summertime change, will feature the work of one of its longtime member artists. Mark Herrling, of Fennimore, Wisconsin. will be showing his latest original hand-pulled relief and intaglio prints.

Mark’s interest in printmaking started early in his artistic career, stemming from his love of the experimental nature of the medium. At first, he emulated the bold, solid shapes that were a part of his paintings, and over time, his printmaking took the inevitable twists and turns inherent in the creative process. His method for creating a relief print, or woodcut, begins with carving the negative part of the image. The raised part of the image is then rolled with an oil-based ink, and rice paper is laid over the inked block. The back of the paper is rubbed with a wooden spoon, thus transferring the image to the paper. This yields a dynamic contract between black and white.

Intaglio includes both etching and engraving. Unlike woodcut, these methods cut an image below the surface of the material. The image on the plate from which a print is taken is incised by hand or etched by acids. It is then filled with ink, and the surface of the plate wiped clean. Dampened paper is placed on top of the plate, and both are run through a wringer-like press which forces the paper into the channels and grooves to pick up the ink.

Mark is interested and inspired by petroglyphs, created in Paleolithic times by prehistoric artists using stone instruments to scratch symbols and figures into rock surfaces. Like these early artists, Mark’s quest is to capture the magical visions in the world of his imagination.


Please Join Us July 5th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Kentucky BBQ


TO START:                                                                                                               

 CRISPY PORK CAKES - panko-coated smoked Organic Prairie pork cakes w/ 
Down Home sorghum, crème fraiche, & local napa cabbage/scallions           


SMOKED MAPLE BBQ BEEF - Organic Prairie hickory-smoked beef w/ Badkemaple bourbon BBQ sauce & lots of sides:



BAKED TOFU - marinated maple bourbon bbq baked tofu & grilled vegetables w/ lots of vegetarian sides  (vegetarian alternative by advanced request)

HONEY BOURBON PECAN PIE - bourbon-infused local honey pecan pie in flaky pastry w/ whipped Organic Valley cream;  served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or fresh mint tea

As usual, please make reservations by emailing dani@rootedspoon.com or by calling (608) 632-2120. Doors and cash bar (with some wine specials and cocktails to compliment the menu, of course) open at 5:30 p.m. for the VIVA Gallery open house next door. Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Family-style seating is first come, first serve. But, if you have a group of 4-6 or more, we’ll happily reserve a table for your group, if requested when making your reservation. The meal is $25, not including tax or gratuity.
Seating is limited, so PLEASE let us know at least a day ahead of time if you need to cancel your reservation, so we have time to give your seat to someone else.
***Please let me know in advance if you are in need of a vegetarian or gluten-free meal.***

Upcoming Guest Artists


August- Pete Sandker- watercolor and ink

September- Susan Cushing- walnut ink painting and Joanne Shird- poetry. A collaboration of poetry and walnut ink drawings
about the Old 131 Trail in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

October- Elliot Meadow

November and December- Artisan Market for the holidays featuring local artists along with Viva members



Jan - VIVA themed artists
Feb - Salem Minegar- ink, collage
March - Mike Lind -paintings
April - People’s Choice award Driftless Area Art Festival
May - Winding Road Tour artists
June - Natalie Hinahara - prints/paintings
July -
August - Karen Innis-sculpture
Sept -
Oct -
Nov/Dec - Holiday Artisans