VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists


After much discussion, the members of VIVA have decided that the best way we can care for our community in the midst of Coronavirus is to close our doors for the time being. For now our plan is to be closed March 16-April 2, and we will re-evaluate from there. This means that our April First Thursday event has also been postponed. We will share more updates when we have them.
Thank you for all of your support and love. Pease take care of yourselves and each other.

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring painter Julius Trees Parrish throughout the month of March and April

Enjoy a dinner next door at Rooted Spoon, they will be providing a carryout 1st Thursday meal. See below for the menu and a phone number for reservations

Julius Trees Parrish

Julius Trees Parrish

VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held on March 5th,
and the abstract acrylic paintings of Julius Trees Parrish will be featured.

Julius is an autistic artist based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He shares a studio space with his mentor Pita
Daniels (a VIVA Gallery member artist). Julius paints with acrylics on canvas and is most comfortable
with abstract ideas. Under Pita’s guidance, Julius will often follow a theme or a specific shape or texture
for multiple paintings. He loves bold bright colors and will often incorporate a color palette over several
canvases as well. He may start a painting by looking at color first, rather than following an idea or using
a model or reference photograph.

Julius has enjoyed painting his entire life. Whether attending Waldorf Schools or homeschooling, art
was always an important part of his curriculum. Other than his painting while in school, Julius has had
no formal art training, other than the guidance of his mentor. He may well be considered an “outsider”
artist. His lack of formal art education combined with his autism (and the lack of mental filters and
restraints that are associated with this) allow Julius to create from a very pure place. He paints with
abandon and intensity, always with vibrant results.



1st Thursday Dinner: India

Thusday, April 2nd

Take Out or Curbside Delivery: 6 - 7:30pm

To Start:

Fresh-baked naan, red pepper almond chutney, fresh herb yogurt chutney


Thali Platter 
Organic Indian Sona Masoori rice, potatoes, spinach, & peas

Garam masala  
Driftless Organics potatoes & local spinach

Cabbage w/ Fennel & Coconut
Stir-fried shredded Driftless Organics cabbage w/ fennel/mustard seed & coconut

Spicy Ginger Chickpeas
Chickpeas fried w/ tomatoes, chiles, & fresh ginger

Tomato-stewed Beets
Local beets stewed in tomatoes, cumin, & chickpea flour

Pork Vindaloo 
Goan curry of Organic Prairie pork marinated/cooked w/ wine vinegar, garlic, tamarind, & warm spices

(Vegetarian Option Available)


Indian-spiced coconut carrot cake studded w/ almonds, pistachios, & raisins; served w/ honey yogurt glaze




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


January- Viva member show: Through a Doorway

February - Greg Cheesboro- pottery

March - April- Julius Parrish- painter

May - Winding Roads artist preview

June - Herb Johnson, DAAF Peoples Choice- metal sculpture

July - Carissa Brudos

August - Kathie Wheeler- oil painter

September - Gary Galger

October - Gaby Marvans- paper mache

Nov / Dec - Artisan Market