VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the paintings of DON HODGES throughout the month of JuLY.

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

Thursday Jyly 4th Dinner next door at Rooted Spoon. See below for the menu and phone number for reservations

Don Hodges

Don Hodges

Don Hodges

There’s more than one reason to celebrate the 4th of July.

In addition to fireworks, VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held that day,
featuring the bold acrylic paintings of Viroqua-based artist Don Hodges.

Because of the holiday, Don will not be able to personally attend the First Thursday opening,
but will be in the gallery the following day, Friday July 5th, for a guest
artist reception from 5:00 to 7:00. Plan to come on one or both evenings.

Don’s inspirations often come from a fleeting glimpse, a snippet of conversation, or a few printed words.
He then writes as reflection or clarification and somewhat simultaneously begins to sketch, all on the
road to another painting. In the end, it’s all about what will come to the surface. Don studied at the Art
Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. He received a B.A. in
Fine Arts from Indiana.

Please Join Us July 4th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: New Orleans

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

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.




Hush Puppies: deep fried crispy cornbread balls studded w/ pickled jalapenos & fresh corn (GF)        


Fried Catfish Salad:  cornmeal crusted cajun catfish w/ horseradish rémoulade & fresh local lettuce wedges & salad vegetables w/ Tabasco honey lemon citrette (GF)

Chicken & Andouille Étouffée:  St. Brigid's Meadows Andouille sausage & Just Bare chicken simmered w/ local herbs & vegetables;  organic white rice

Summer Vegetable Étouffée: local vegetable & chickpea creole stew w/ organic white rice & scallions (GF)   (VEGETARIAN main by advance request) 


Bourbon Bread Pudding:  classic New Orleans bread pudding w/ bourbon cream sauce;  served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or 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 - Chris Cox- furniture
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct - Anne Butera- watercolor
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market