VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the portraits of Catherine Williams for the Month of April

An artists reception will be Thursday, April 5th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

This month First Thursday's reception will be followed by a dinner next door at Rooted Spoon.









Catherine Williams


I have loved making art since I was a small child. Though I've tried many

mediums and subjects throughout my life, the road always takes me back

portrait drawing. Every face is compelling. Whether the subject is typical or

eccentric, elegant or ordinary, exotic or local... I relish the challenge of

celebrating people. Whether it be in a gesture or the way the light is falling,

every portrait has a story and every life makes a mark on the world. I try to

make beautiful marks whenever I am able.

The subjects of my portraits are local people. They sit for about an hour. I

finish the details of my drawings using photos taken during their sitting

Bio ~

Catherine Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree from

UW Oshkosh in 1995. She did many different forms of freelance work for

the next 20 years including primarily watercolors and pencil drawings of

people and domestic animals upon commission. Catherine now focuses on

charcoal or ebony pencil portraits of people. For the past few years she

has not been taking commissions, but just doing art to explore her craft.

The models do live sittings and she works from a combination of life and

reference photos. Her main influences are John Singer Sargent and

Anders Zorn ...among many others.


Please Join Us April 5th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Cuba


TO START - Plantain Tostones + Salad:  twice-fried green plantains w/ spicy tomato aioli; Cuban local cabbage slaw & local greens/shredded vegetables w/ lime citrette 


Roast Pork w/ Mojo Criollo etc.:  mojo-marinated & slow-cooked Mike Link pork roast served w/ citrus-pickled onions, yellow rice & Driftless Organics red beans
Corn Fritters & Boniatos  - summer's local sweet corn fritters w/ local sweet potatoes mashed w/ mojo criollo;  yellow rice & Driftless Organics red beans

DESSERT - Pastelitos de Guayaba:  Earthfire puff pastry filled w/ cream cheese & guava paste;  served warm w/ coconut granita;   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


May - Winding Roads Art Tour Artists

June - Doc Roddy- watercolor

July - Connie Minowa - Painting

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