VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

featuring 13 guest artists for our annual ARTISAN MARKET for the month of December

An artists reception will be Thursday, December 7th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

Our featured artists in November are:

Terry Beck - wood carving
Colleen Carroll- felted jewelry
Crystal Curley - pot holders
Jamie Heiden - photography
Lori Hungerholt - baskets
Scott Keith- pottery
Steve & Peggy Kittelson - kaleiscopes
Christine Larson - jewelry
Mike Lind- prints
Alena Mack - jewelry
Connie Minowa - jewelry
Nick Smolen - forged items
Diane Splinter - watercolors

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

Artisan Market

VIVA Gallery Opens Annual Artisan Market

Over 30 member and guest artists are participating in VIVA Gallery’s 6th annual Artisan Market. The Market, which runs through the months of November and December, is a perfect place to find one-of-kind gifts for the holidays. The gallery’s monthly First Thursday reception will be held on December 7.

The painters of VIVA—Paul Bergquist, Deb Conlon, Pita Daniels, Bill Mapp, Lisbeth Quebe and Anne Tedeschi—welcome watercolorist Diane Splinter into their ranks for the Market. Their diverse body of work includes landscapes, still lifes, portraiture (people and animals), and contemporary abstracts in acrylic, watercolor, and oil. VIVA photographers Tom Rhorer and Diane Dahl, joined by guest artist Jamie Heiden, offer a range of styles from imagery in sharp focus to softened textured layers. Member artist Mark Herrling makes vibrant graphic woodcut prints, while guest artist Mike Lind creates intricate images of river patterns or people/plant life.

The works of VIVA’s four potters—Mark Herrling, Maureen Karlstad, Scott Keith and Charna Schwartz--include bowls, tea sets, mugs, vases and tiles. Each potter brings his or her own distinct colors, glazes, and decorative elements to a piece, so you are sure to a style to please.

VIVA’s fiber artists—Kathleen Aaker, Sharlene Bohr and Angela Feltes—are joined by guest artists Lori Hungerholt and Crystel Curley. The range of offerings are stunning, including intricately patterned handwoven vests, scarves, wall hangings and table runners; delicate eco-printed scarves; colorful woven basketry; and bright hot pads with a little kitchen wisdom included.

VIVA members who work with wood—Jerry Quebe plus Ken and Michelle Workowski—are joined by guest artist Terry Beck. Their wide range of offerings include beautifully crafted cutting/serving boards, objects from nature such as poplar bark baskets, birch bark mirrors and paper lampshades, and hand-carved wooden spoons. VIVA stained glass artist M’Lou Wilkie is joined by Peggy and Steve Kittelson, whose mesmerizing kaleidoscopes make truly unusual gifts.

The VIVA artists who create jewelry—Colleen Carroll, Angela Feltes, Christine Larson, Raelene Roberts and M’Lou Wilkie—are joined by Alena Mack, Connie Minowa, and Nick Smolen. This talented group of eight offers every imaginable kind of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, including felted pieces, handmade glass beads, intricate woven beadwork, enamels, mokume-gane metal work, copper, sterling, semi-precious stones and more. Raelene and Nick also offer selected metalwork including key rings, candle holders and treasure boxes.

And if that isn’t enough, VIVA is also a great place to find holiday cards and ornaments.

Please Join UsDecember 7th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Spain


TO START: GALICIAN EMPANADA - olive-oil dough stuffed w/ Driftless Organics potatoes & Rushing Waters smoked trout; served w/ marinated olives
WINTER SALAD - local winter greens w/ Hoch apples, local hazelnuts, sherry-soaked raisins, & hazelnut sherry vinaigrette
COD WITH CHICKPEAS & TOMATOES - Alaskan cod seared & served w/ a fish stock-infused local tomato sauce w/ chickpeas; served w/ toasted bread
RIBEYE & BLUE CHEESE - juniper & rosemary-rubbed Organic Prairie ribeye w/ blue cheese sauce; served w/ local potato/celeriac puree
ROASTED VEGETABLES & ROMESCO - roasted local vegetables w/ hazelnut romesco sauce (vegetarian main by advanced request)

HONEY & CHEVRE PANNA COTTA - creme fraiche & Montechevre goat cheese panna cotta w/ brandied Hoch apples; 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 $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


November-December- Artisans Holiday Market

Jan - Therese Agnew - sculpture

Feb - Michelle & Ken Workowski Peoples Choice award recipiants ofthe Driftless Are Art Festival
along with a themed show: A River Runs Through It by VIVA Members

March - Rob Horwich -

April - Colleen Carroll- mixed media

May - Winding Roads Art Tour Artists

June -

July - Connie Minowa -