VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring a sampling of the artwork from the talented artists of the upcoming Winding Roads Art Tour
for the Month of May

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

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

Winding Roads





As the tour headquarters for the third annual Winding Roads Art Tour, VIVA Gallery will display a piece of art from each
of the tour’s 35 artists. The works will be unveiled at the Gallery’s First Thursday opening on May 3rd.

The Winding Roads Art Tour will take place on May 19-20. The self-guided tour encompasses thirteen studios in Viroqua and seven more within a 25-mile radius of the city. Art enthusiasts are given a rare opportunity to meet the 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, sculptors and woodworkers in the process of making their art. They will also meet photographers, printmakers, and mixed media artists. Artwork will be available for purchase and artists will be available for conversations on creativity.


Please Join Us May 3rd at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Thailand


TO START - Thai Chop Salad w/ Lemongrass Beef Satay:  lemongrass/garlic-marinated grilled Big River beef served w/ local greens/vegetables in a honey-sesame dressing w/ chopped peanuts & fresh herbs 


Cashew Chicken & Noodles:  stir-fried local vegetables w/ Just Bare chicken, & cashews in a piquant Thai sauce w/ rice noodles
Tofu & Vegetable Red Curry  - house-made coconut red curry w/ local vegetables & fresh tofu; served w/ organic jasmine rice

DESSERT - Banana Coconut Crepes:  tender crepes filled w/ fresh banana & coconut, topped w/ house-made Organic Valleysweetened condensed milk;  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