Celebrating our 10th Year

VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

featuring drawings by artist MIKE LIND for the month of March

An artists reception will be Thursday, March 2nd from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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


Mike Lind

The gallery will be welcoming back artist and farmer Mike Lind. He is equally gifted in both fields of endeavor, and his
exhibited works beautifully combine both interests.
In this series, Mike was inspired by the old adage “you are what you eat,” or as he twists it “what you eat is what you are.”
He has always been interested in the relationship between fruits and vegetables and the human body, and not just from a health
He also sees the similarities in form—how blood vessels look like the veins of a leaf, or how a head of cauliflower resembles the brain.
Nature mimics itself in many different forms, and Mike’s works remind us that we are all made of the same basic “stuff.”
The works are done with Derwent “Inktense” watercolor pencils on watercolor board.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Mike attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in painting in 2000. After graduating, Mike traveled around Europe and found himself working on an organic vegetable farm
in the mountains of southern Spain. It was there that he discovered his passion for growing vegetables, sparking a 14-year farm
journey from Wales to Costa Rica to Washington State and an eventual return to Wisconsin. Mike now co-owns Driftless Organics,
a 50-acre vegetable farm near Soldiers Grove, and raises grass-fed cattle on his own farm where he lives with his wife Dani.


Please Join Us March 2nd at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Iceland

Hello, All –
Well I'm super proud to be hosting this month's 1st Thursday dinner alongside my husband Mike Lind's art opening next door at VIVA! In honor of Mike, this month's theme is Iceland. Mike and I were Iceland for almost 2 weeks back in January for our 10th wedding anniversary plus the wedding of our dear friends. Their wedding was like a winter fairy tale in a snow-covered botanical garden in the northern town of Akureyri, with a beautiful warm cafe next door called the "Fairy House" rented out for the reception dinner. With Mike's and a few other guests' help I got to procure fresh local ingredients and prepare a semi-traditional Icelandic wedding meal that was very similar to the one for this Thursday!

To Start: Smørrebrød
House-cured salmon gravlax w/ cucumber, dill, & honey-mustard sauce on rúgbrauð
Keewaydin hard-boiled eggs & Hidden Springs Ocooch Mountain cave-aged sheep cheese on flatkökur w/ horseradish herb yogurt

Þorskur w/ roasted tomatoes: seared sustainable/wild-caught cod w/ roasted local tomatoes, winter spinach, rye croutons, & aquavit-butter sauce
Kjötsúpa (lamb stew): Pine Knob Organic Farm lamb slow-cooked w/ local root vegetables & herbs in a rich lamb stock
Barley & Roasted Vegetables: organic barley w/ roasted local vegetables & herbs (VEGETARIAN MAIN BY ADVANCED REQUEST)

Pönnukökur: Icelandic crepes stuffed w/ whipped crème fraiche, strawberries, & house-made local red currant jam; 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 $23, not including tax or gratuity.

Upcoming Guest Artists


April- Monica Jagel- botanical illustraions/ colored pencil
May- Driftles Area Art Fair's people choice award- Ken and Michelle Workowski
June- Christine Myhr- painter
July- Paul Hatlem- photography
August- Jackie Reeves- watercolor
September-Diane Brown-potter