VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the watercolors of DOC RODDY for the Month of June

An artists reception will be Thursday, June 7th 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

Doc was born on Kennesaw Mountain and grew up in northern Georgia, in a place where art was not a part of the cultural landscape. Nevertheless, he began to draw and paint at an early age and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and his MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts).

Doc lived in the Bay area from 1971 through 1978, and his first major exhibition was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1971. He then moved to New York City, and in 1980 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Doc remained in New York until 1990, then stopped painting for a decade while he and his wife Terre traveled around and played music.

In 2003 Doc and Terre moved to the Driftless area and renovated a shack on their land into a painting studio. Doc (known as Mike in the art world) has exhibited widely, including exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the University of California Art Museum at Berkely, the New Museum in New York City, Musee d’Art Contemporain in Lyon, France, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.


Please Join Us June 7th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Crete


TO START:                                                                                                                
CHORIATIKICOUNTRY SALAD - local tomatoes/cucumbers/greens w/ kalamata olives, Nordic sheep feta, & herb vinaigrette                                                           

OFTI POTATAS - Driftless Organics potatoes & scallions roasted w/ olive oil & rosemary & served w/ oil-cured black olives

ROASTED CHICKEN W/ PEAS, ASPARAGUS, & DILL - bone-in chicken roasted w/ olive oil & lemon & served w/ bright green peas, local asparagus/dill in lemon-egg sauce                                                                                                                      OR                                                                                                                        
SPINACH FETA PIE - local spinach, wild greens, & Nordic sheep feta baked in olive-oil enriched flaky dough  (vegetarian alternative by advanced request)

BAKLAVA - crisp, buttery fillo layered w/ walnuts, almonds, & pistachios & soaked in orange-infused honey syrup;   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



July - VIva Member Mark Herrling- wood block prints

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