VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the work of twelve talented artisans for our ARTISAN MARKET throughout the months of November and December.

Terry Beck- kalimbas
Will Brxezinski- pottery
Colleen Carroll- nature compsed assemblages
Chris Cox- metal lamps
Colin Crockett- abstract acrylic paintings
Crystel Curley- witty wool potholders
Jill Johnson- felted vessels and textile art
Rebecca Kobos- quilted fabric wall hangings and cards
Gaby Marvan- papier mache figures
Suzanne McNiel- metal sculptures
Ethan Schandelmeir- candles
Nick Smolen- forged metal candlesticks, knives and jewelry

An artists reception will be Thursday December 5th 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

artisan market


VIVA Gallery’s 8th annual Holiday Artisan Market will include the creations of 12 guest artists, and new work from the gallery’s 25 member artists. The market, a perfect place to find one-of-kind, locally-created gifts for the holidays, will debut on First Thursday, November 7th.

The works of VIVA’s three accomplished potters come in a wide variety of objects and styles, from the beautiful and functional mugs, bowls, and tea sets by Maureen Karlstad to decorative tiles by Mark Herrling. Charna Schwartz’s works are characterized by stunning Majolica glazing and elegant porcelain forms. Joining them for the holiday is Winona potter Will Brzezinski.

The creations of VIVA’s fiber artists include a range of distinctive clothing and objects for home décor. The intricate designs of weavers Kathleen Aaker and Angela Feltes are evident in their hand-woven vests, scarves, table runners and wall hangings. Sharlene Bohr’s eco-printed scarves are made with leaves and flowers using natural dyes. Kindred WazeeGale creates hats, side bags and accessories from deerhide, often with intricate beading. Guest artists add more fiber creations. You may choose a colorful and clever potholder from Crystel Curley; felted vessels and textile artworks by Jill Johnson, papier mache figures by Gaby Marvan, plus quilted fabric wall hangings and cards by Rebecca Kobos.

Jewelry is one of the gallery’s most popular offerings, and there is an exceptional variety from which to choose. There are M’Lou Wilkie’s intricate woven beadwork, Angela Feltes’ hand-crafted dichroic glass beads, and Christine Larson’s silver, wire and gemstone works, metalsmiths Raelene Roberts’ and Nan Marshall’s cuffs, necklaces and earrings, and Alena Mack’s nature-inspired creations. VIVA artists Diane Dahl and Natalie Hinahara will add their jewelry items to the market, and guest artist Nick Smolen will offer his forged metalwork necklaces.

Photographs, prints and mixed-media constructions make perfect gifts. Tom Rhorer’s photographs capture the beauty of the Driftless region, and are printed not only on paper, but sometimes on copper, aluminum or glass. Diane Dahl’s photography is augmented by her mixed media work in acrylics, clay and bits and pieces from nature. Prints include the bold graphic images of Mark Herrling and Natalie Hinahara.

You will find oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings with every manner of subject matter. Deb Conlon and Paul Bergquist are known for their beautiful plein air works in oil. Liz Quebe’s oil paintings capture small family farms and farm animals, while watercolor artists Anne Tedeschi and Bill Mapp create scenes of the area, flora and fauna, and still lifes in two distinctive styles. Pita Daniels applies acrylics to make big, bold contemporary paintings, and Christine Larson uses dominant color schemes to create otherworldly
dream landscapes. Added to the mix in this year’s market are the abstract acrylic paintings of guest
artist Colin Crockett.

VIVA woodworkers create items to grace your kitchen and home. Jerry Quebe makes intricately
constructed and beautifully finished cutting and serving boards. Ken and Michelle Workowski team to
make birch bark mirrors, poplar bark baskets, lamps and delicate lamp shades, all from elements native
to our area. Nicholas WazeeGale makes delicate boxes and bowls of birch bark, along with hand-carved
spoon and bowls. Again this year, guest artist Terry Beck is offering kalimbas, a musical instrument
originating in Africa.

Rounding out the gallery’s art offerings are the beautiful stained glass works of M’Lou Wilkie, the
whimsical metal lamps of Chris Cox, and the forged metal candlesticks and knives of Nick Smolen. New
to the market are the nature-composed assemblages of Colleen Carroll, and the beautiful sculptural
candles of Ethan Schandelmeier and the whimsical metal sculptures of Suzanne McNiel. VIVA Gallery is also a great place to find holiday cards, stocking stuffers and ornaments.

The diverse works of these 37 member and guest artists will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday
reception on December 5th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and will be on display through the months of
November and December.

Please Join Us December 5th at the Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Happy Hanukkah

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.



Matzo Ball Soup:  matzo ball & local vegetables simmer in homemade chicken stock from St Brigids Meadows chickens.

Holiday Salad and Challah: local greens, shaved local roots, apples, pomegranates, local hazelnuts, & cider mustard vinaigrette;  fresh baked challah bread


Braised Brisket: red wine & prune-braised Wisconsin Meadows brisket w/ potato/celeriac/sweet potato/carrot puree & chrain pickled horseradish/beet sauce

-- OR --

Mushroom & Kasha Stuffed Cabbage: local mushrooms & toasted kasha stuffed in cabbage; red lentil sweet potato puree


DESSERT - Cheese Blintz:  farmers cheese-stuffed fresh crepes fried in butter & served w/ local cranberry apple compote; 

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


Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market


January- Viva member show: Through a Doorway

February- Greg Cheesbro- pottery