VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the watercolor paintings of Anne Butera throughout the month of October.

An artists reception will be Thursday October 3rd from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

Enjoy a dinner next door at Rooted Spoon, following the reception. See below for the menu and a phone number for reservations

Anne Butera

Anne Butera

Rebecca Kobos

VIVA Gallery’s First Thursday opening reception will take place on October 3rd and will feature the work of Anne Butera.

Anne Butera, a self-taught artist who finds inspiration in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature, will be VIVA Gallery’s guest artist during the month of October. You can see her work first at VIVA’s First Thursday opening reception on October 3rd. Anne’s modern botanical illustrations are highly detailed, informed by careful observation. They all begin with a spark of connection; something catches her eye or draws her attention, the whisper of an idea. Anne listens to that whisper and studies her subject before ever putting paint to paper. There’s communion with nature in that initial spark, a connection to the world’s magic that’s conveyed in the final painting.

Anne works primarily in watercolor but also loves challenging herself to try new things, playing in sketchbooks, creating block prints and designing fabric. She strives to seek out and celebrate life’s little joys and daily graces. Her blog, “My Giant Strawberry,” teaches in person and online; and sells her art, designs and fabric on her website and elsewhere on the web.

Anne’s paintings have been exhibited across the country and her art and writing have been published in magazines and in the book Botanica. Her 2019 Calendar was featured in Cottages and Bungalows magazine.

Please Join Us October 3rd at the Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Sri Lanka

219 S. Main St., Viroqua

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


TO START - Masala Vadai:  Fried, curried lentil fritters + Coconut Roti: Coconut wheat flatbread w/ onion chile relish


Triple Curries:  Bering Bounty rockfish coconut curry, local beet curry, red lentil dhal curry; served w/ Indian organic white rice

Brinjal Eggplant: Caramelized local eggplant

Kale Sambol: Local kale & coconut salad

** This is a pescatarian/vegetarian meal - please let us know if you need a vegetarian meal (aka sub for the fish curry).  Except for the coconut roti app, this is a gluten free meal - please let us know if you are gluten free **

DESSERT - Ceylon Panna Cotta & Aval Laddu: Ceylon black tea infused panna cotta & banana rice cashew balls served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or ginger 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 family-style meal is $25 plus tax & gratuity. 

Seating is limited, so please let us know ahead of time if you need to cancel your reservation, so we have time to give your seat to someone else.

***Please let us know if you need a vegetarian or gluten-free meal.  Other than these, please, no substitutions.***

Thank you!
Dani Lind
(608) 632-2120


Upcoming Guest Artists


Oct - Anne Butera- watercolor
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market