VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the prints and paintings of NATALIE HINAHARA throughout the month of June.

An artists reception will be Thursday, June 6th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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

Natalie Hinahara

Natalie Hinahara

Natalie Hinahara

VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held on June 6, and the paintings and prints of Viroqua-based artist Natalie Hinahara will be featured.

Natalie’s paintings, relief prints and screen prints are informed by Midwestern landscapes and profoundly influenced by her desire to understand the fraught relationships humans forge with the natural world from which they come. She strives to project empathy and reverence for the plants and landscapes she depicts and encourages the viewer to pause, breathe deeply and reflect on their own connections with the world around them.

In her printmaking, Natalie pays homage to specific plants and landscapes through reduction block prints and multi-layered screen prints. She finds more fluidity in her painting practice and pushes into abstraction, exploring specific moments of interaction with the land, water and living communities.

Please Join Us June 6th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Portugal

VIVA Gallery Opening at 5:00 p.m.
(next door) at Rooted Spoon: Bar at 5:30;  Dinner at 7:00 p.m.



Petiscos: Driftless Provisions chorizo, sheep cheese & apple fig honey compote, salt cod & chickpea salad, asparagus, broa de milho (Portuguese cornbread)        


Piri Piri Grilled Chicken:  grilled chicken basted w/ piquant chile garlic sauce

Olive Oil Poached Cod:  Bering Bounty sustainable/wild caught Alaskan cod oven poached in lemon-infused Soler Romero olive oil 

Gold Potatoes & Greens: Driftless Organics boiled gold potatoes & braised local greens

Scallion Fritters w/ Green Curry: local scallion-studded chickpea fritters w/ Goan coconut green curry;  potatoes & greens  (VEGETARIAN main by advance request) 


Bolo de Amêndoa:  flourless almond potato cake w/ ovos moles (sweetened egg yolk custard) & almond praline;  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


June - Natalie Hinahara - prints/paintings
July - Don Hodges- paintings
August - Chris Cox- furniture
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct - Anne Butera- watercolor
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market