VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception


Meet the 42 artists that will be participating in the WINDING ROADS ART TOUR, a self guided tour of 22 artists studios. Their artwork will be on exhibit throughout the month of May.

Tour Dates: Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2 10:00- 5:00


An artists reception will be Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

Dinner next door at Rooted Spoon. See below for the menu and phone number for reservations

Winding Roads Art Tour


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VIVA Gallery Features Artists of Winding Roads Art Tour

As the tour headquarters for the fourth annual Winding Roads Art Tour, VIVA Gallery will display a piece of art from each of the tour’s 42 participating artists. The works will be unveiled at the Gallery’s First Thursday opening on May 4th.

The Winding Roads Art Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, from 10:00 to 5:00 each day. The self-guided tour encompasses twenty-two studios in and around the city of Viroqua. The springtime drive through the beautiful rolling hills and valleys of the Driftless area is itself one of the prominent features of the tour.

The tour affords art enthusiasts a rare opportunity to meet area artists, see their work and observe how and where it is made. Tourers will have the opportunity to visit weavers at their looms, potters at their wheels, painters at their easels, and to watch some very talented jewelers, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, basket makers, leather workers and woodworkers in the process of making their art. Artwork will be available for purchase and artists will be available for conversations on creativity.

Information on artists and a map of the tour can be found at www.windingroadsart.com and you are invited to follow the Winding Roads Art Tour on Facebook and Instagram.

The works of the Winding Roads artists and the work of VIVA’s member artists will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception on May 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and will be on display throughout the month.

Please Join Us May 2nd at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Oaxaca

VIVA Gallery Opening at 5:00 p.m.
(next door) at Rooted Spoon: Bar at 5:30;  Dinner at 7:00 p.m.



Tetelas Mixtecas: Mixtec black bean-filled masa triangles served with watercress/ sorrel salsa, cultured crema, & local greens        


Guajolote con Mole Rojo:  Organic Prairie turkey simmered in rich & spicy celebration red mole sauce; corn tortillas

Rice, Black Beans, & Chileajo Vegetables:  Mexican rice, Driftless Organics black beans, & chile/garlic marinated vegetables

Verduras con Mole Amarillo:  local potatoes & greens in a vegetarian yellow mole sauce;  Mexican rice, Driftless Organics black beans, & chile/garlic marinated vegetables   (VEGETARIAN main by advance request)                                     


Tamales Dulces de Elote:  sweet corn & coconut tamales served w/ 
cultured crema & lime wedges;  Kickapoo Coffee or chamomile 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


April - Jamie Heiden-photographer People’s Choice award Driftless Area Art Festival
May - Winding Road Tour artists
June - Natalie Hinahara - prints/paintings
July - Don Hodges- paintings
August - Chris Cox- furniture
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct -
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market