VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception ( 2nd Thursday for this Month)

Featuring the works of Mixed Media artist Salem Minegar for the month of February

An artists reception will be resheduled due to inclement weather, for Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

Dinner next door at Rooted Spoon will continue as planned. See below for the menu and phone number for reservations



Artist Bio

Salem graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where he concentrated on painting and illustration. After college, he worked as a packaging designer in Manhattan and saw his work published in the Peabody Essex Museum’s Connections magazine.

In 2017, after ten years on the east coast, he returned to the Driftless Region.

Salem’s work centers on memory, mythology, the natural world and a desire for a still mind. He uses various media and builds images through color relationships and juxtaposition on shapes. He attempts to respond to the histories of found materials and antique papers, marrying them with acrylic or gouache as organically as possible. His creative process allows for chance to alter the course of a piece, so results are never pre-determined. Salem seeks a genuine moment, a fleeting glimpse of something personal or the best possible representation of a formal exploration. His works range from small non-objective collages to larger figurative paintings.

Please Join Us February 7th  at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Happy Chinese New Year



Daikon Cakes:  pan-fried Harmony Valley daikon radish & rice cakes w/ chile soy dipping sauce


Cantonese Steamed Rockfish:  Bering Bounty wild-caught Alaskan rockfish steamed w/ ginger, scallions, & Menn's black garlic

General Tso Chicken:  Just Bare chicken in a sticky red chile & sesame sauce 

Stir-Fried Vegetables & Rice:  mixed local vegetables & steamed organic white rice                                                                                                                                --OR--
5-Spice Tofu & Mushrooms:  stir-fried local Asian mushrooms w/ Chinese 5-spice baked tofu;  served w/ stir-fried local vegetables & steamed white rice


Coconut Buns:  sweet buttery coconut-stuffed dessert buns; 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


Jan - VIVA themed artists: Hidden Talents
Feb - Salem Minegar- ink, collage
March - Mike Lind -paintings
April - People’s Choice award Driftless Area Art Festival
May - Winding Road Tour artists
June - Natalie Hinahara - prints/paintings
July - Don Hodges- paintings
August - Chris Cox- furniture
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct -
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market