VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists
First Thursday Artists Reception
Featuring the fiber art of REBECCA KOBOS throughout the month of September.
An artists reception will be Thursday September 5th 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
VIVA Gallery’s First Thursday opening reception will take place on September 5th and will feature the work of Rebecca Kobos.
Rebecca Kobos’s art reflects the fact that she spends her summers in Iowa on the Mississippi and her winters on the gulf coast of Florida. She uses fabric to create realistic and whimsical images in her collages. Some of her favorite subjects are cats, birds, plants, faces, and landscapes.
She spends time making her larger framed pieces as well as smaller 5x7 mini-collages that she makes into cards. Her work combines strong colors and patterns. Rebecca uses free-motion stitching to draw into these “fabric sketches” to add detail. Her pieces often include both fabric and fibers that she hand-dyes.
Rebecca’s focus is largely on surface design in her fiber work. But she also spins yarn, paints, and collaborates with her husband on ceramic pieces.
Rebecca’s work can be seen in several galleries in Iowa and Wisconsin. (Left Bank, McGregor, the Driftless Center, Lansing, Quad City Arts, Prairie Glass Studio, Stoddard, WI) In Florida her work is available at the Art Center Manatee, Serendipity Gallery in Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. Rebecca previously taught “Sun Painting”, “Warp Painting”, and “Fabric Collage” at Midwest Weavers Conferences. She participated in Retired Art Teachers’ Exhibit at the Quad Cities Art Center, the FAB Art shows at the Sarasota Art Center, and presented a lecture on Fabric Collage at the Iowa City Old Capital Quilters and Northeast Iowa Quilters. Most recently, June of 2019, she had two pieces selected for an exhibit of Iowa Fiber Artists at Grinnell College.
Please Join Us September 5th at the Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Lebanon
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 - Shepard's Salad: Local heirloom tomatoes/cucumbers/peppers/red onions w/ parsley, mint, olives, Nordic sheep feta, & crunchy garlic chickpeas
MAIN - Za’atar chicken & Mujadara: Grilled chicken marinated w/ local sumac, thyme, sesame, & olive oil; cucumber yogurt laban sauce; mujadara rice/lentil pilaf w/ caramelized onions
Maghmour: Lebanese moussaka w/ grilled local eggplant/zucchini, tomatoes, & chickpeas; served w/ za’tar pita bread
^^(VEGETARIAN MAIN BY ADVANCED REQUEST)^^
DESSERT - Honey Nut Pastries: local honey w/ orange blossom water & ground nuts baked in puff pastry; milk pudding; served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or tea
As usual, please make reservations by emailing email@example.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.***
Upcoming Guest Artists
Oct - Anne Butera- watercolor
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market