VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the woodworking and leather work of Kindred and Nicholas WazeeGale for the Month of March

Viva members are thrilled to welcome new members Kindred and Nicholas WazeeGale as well as mixed media artist Colleen Carroll and jeweler Alena Mack.

An artists reception will be Thursday, March 1st from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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



Liz Quebe






Kindred and Nicholas WazeeGale

The gallery’s First Thursday opening on March 1 will feature two new artist-members, Nicholas and Kindred WazeeGale of Viola, Wisconsin.

The work of these two artists is a reflection of how they live, in connection with the natural world within the circle of the seasons. Working with native woods, bark, deerskin and beads, Kindred and Nicholas create clothing and accessories plus articles for the home such as birch bark boxes, and hand-carved bowls and spoons.

They are greatly influenced by traditional peoples and their skillful and artistic use of local, natural materials to fulfill all of their needs. The WazeeGales intend for each piece to be used practically and also to offer the holder a bit of connection with the earth and all our relations.

Please Join Us March 1st at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Sweden


TO START - Smörgås: a selection of open-faced sandwiches featuring house-made Swedish rye bread, knäckebröd, smoked trout, potted cheese w/ aquavit, brined summer cucumbers, etc. (vegetarian/GF version available by advance request)
Bräserad Oxbringa: Big River local/organic/grassfed beef brisket braised w/ vegetables/herbs & served w/ fresh horseradish sauce; boiled potatoes, glazed carrots w/ red currant jam, & creamed cabbage caraway gratin
Hasselbackspotis, Peas, & Egg - sliced butter-basted baked hasselbacken potatoes, creamed peas, soft-boiled egg, & crispy fried onions
DESSERT - Kronans kaka: flourless potato almond cake w/ summer’s local strawberry/rhubarb sauce & cardamom whipped cream; 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


April - Cathy Williams- charcoal drawings

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