VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the paintings of Elliot Medow for the Month of October

An artists reception will be Thursday, October 4th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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









Wisconsin native, Elliot Medow is the featured guest the month of October. Elliot Medow, has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Arizona. Education includes the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Bachelor of Arts from UW-Oshkosh and Master of Fine Arts from UW-Milwaukee.   He has worked as Artist in Theatrical, TV and Film production and in Restoration of Outsider Art Environments. Elliot now lives and works in Viroqua, WI.

Elliot’s work at VIVA Gallery is an installation display of ten large portraits in pastels and acrylic stain on raw canvas. Of the work Elliot writes:
Everyone is looking for something.
Founding fathers, Franklin and Jefferson,
looked for a more equitable form of government.
They found their inspiration in the Iroquois
Great Law of Peace. It included freedoms of
speech, religion, and equal rights for women.

Everyone has their own notion of right and wrong.
Between 1778 and 1871, the US government entered
into more than 500 treaties with the Native American tribes.
All of these treaties have been violated or broken by
the US government.

On creating the 10 portraits Elliot reflects:
Painting is like lingerie. The image must reveal enough to attract attention, yet conceal enough to involve the viewer’s imagination.
The Italians have a word, ‘Sprezzatura’ which means the ability to make something difficult look as if it were done with a casual nonchalance.

Please Join Us October 4th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Palestine


TO START - Baba Ganoush, olives, crudité, pita:  creamy grilled eggplant spread w/ olives, local fresh vegetables, house-made pita w/ olive oil & z’atar (GF alternative available by advanced request)


Makloubeh:  St. Brigid’s Meadows chicken, local vegetables, & almonds cooked w/ olive oil, rice & rich chicken stock;  served w/ cucumber tomato salad & yogurt


Greens & Cheese Pie: greens, feta, & chevre in puff pastry; served w/ tabbouli

DESSERT - Halawet Il Jibn:  rosewater & orange blossom water infused semolina w/ mozzarella stuffed w/ mascarpone cheese & topped w/ pistachios (GF alternative available by advanced request);  served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or mint black 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


November and December- Artisan Market for the holidays featuring local artists along with Viva members



Jan - VIVA themed artists
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 -
August - Karen Innis-sculpture
Sept -
Oct -
Nov/Dec - Holiday Artisans