VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the furniture of CHRIS COX throughout the month of August.

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

Enjoy a dinner next door at Rooted Spoon, following the reception. See below for the menu and a phone number for reservations

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Chris CoxChris Cox

VIVA Gallery’s First Thursday opening will be held on August 1 and will feature the work of Chris Cox. Chris, who is from Viroqua, makes custom furniture from reclaimed wood. He gives new life to century-old wood timbers from cabins and barns, creating console tables, farmhouse tables, benches and other furniture pieces.

Chris has been building and remodeling homes and making furnishings professionally for forty years. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in theater design and production and has been an avid supporter and set designer for community theater. He is founder of The Ark in Viroqua, a visual and performing arts community center.

Creating things of beauty and intrigue on stage sets inspired Chris to hang up his general contractor’s hat and open up his shop, Spoken Wood Designs, where he creates whimsical yet practical pieces of furniture for home and business. He finds that there is a certain romance to working with anything more than a century old, thinking about who first cut the tree and worked it by hand to become a cabin or barn. He respects the fact that the pioneers of the Midwest based their lives on being able to turn a tree into something useful and is inspired to do justice to their legacy in his reclaimed wood designs.

Please Join Us August 1st at the Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Vietnam

219 S. Main St., Viroqua

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


TO START - Vietnamese Herb Salad w/ Beef:  Organic Prairie 5-spice rubbed seared tenderloin thinly sliced w/ rice noodles, fresh local onions & Vietnamese herb salad (vegetarian version available by advance request)


Bok Choi, Eggplant, & Garlic Rice:  Birdsong Ridge  bok choi stir-fried w/ ginger & sesame;  Harmony Valley  eggplant char-grilled & mashed w/ garlic chive oil & chiles;  Vietnamese garlic rice

Hoi An Spare Ribs:  Organic Prairie grilled spare ribs marinated in local lemongrass, fish sauce, & soy; pickled cucumbers
Lemongrass Tofu:  local lemongrass-marinated baked tofu w/ house hoisin sauce

DESSERT - Bahn Choux Su Kem (green tea cream puffs):  choux pastry shells filled w/ matcha green tea custard;  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 family-style meal is $25 plus tax & gratuity. 

Seating is limited, so please let us know ahead of time if you need to cancel your reservation, so we have time to give your seat to someone else.

***Please let us know if you need a vegetarian or gluten-free meal.  Other than these, please, no substitutions.***

Thank you!
Dani Lind
(608) 632-2120


Upcoming Guest Artists


July- Don Hodges- painter
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct - Anne Butera- watercolor
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market