VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

featuring drawings and paintings by artist MONICA JAGEL for the month of April

An artists reception will be Thursday, April 6th from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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


Monica Jagel

VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held on April 6 and the gallery will be enthusiastically welcoming back former member Monica Jagel. Monica is recognized for creating art that is both environmentally and socially responsible. Colored Pencil is her favorite medium, often combined with watercolor, graphite or pen & ink.
Monica has a B. A. in Art Studio and is also a certified botanical illustrator. She works in her home studio in rural Wisconsin, where she finds inspiration every day. All of her artwork is original, stemming from her own observations and imagination.

Monica believes that a focus on “local” strengthens community, reduces environmental impact, and builds resilience. Her cards are created and printed close to home, using solar power. Her newest offering is functional art in the form of eco-friendly kitchen towels, printed in the Midwest onto 100% cotton fabric. The re-usability of flour sack towels was realized during the depression. Today it makes sense more than ever to put away the paper towels and put this absorbent fabric back to work.

Monica’s stunningly detailed drawings, cards and towels, along with the diverse works of VIVA’s 18 member artists, will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception on April 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and will be on display throughout the month.
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Please Join Us April 6 at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Japan

Bar at 5:30; Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

TO START: TROUT NORI MAKI - nori rolls w/ sushi rice, spicy Rushing Waters smoked trout salad, & vegetables; served w/ tamari, wasabi, & pickled ginger
VARIOUS VEGETABLES - sake-simmered local winter squash, local winter spinach w/ walnuts & miso, Fizzeology fermented budock, & house-pickled local radishes
CHICKEN RAMEN BOWLS - Umi Organic fresh wheat/barley ramen noodles in a rich house-made St. Brigid's Meadows chicken/pork stock w/ marinated chicken, shoyu, soft-boiled eggs, garlic chives, & locally wildcrafted watercress OR
MISO TOFU RAMEN - tofu & mushrooms in a rich shiitake-miso broth w/ nori, pickled vegetables, & gluten-free ramen noodles (VEGETARIAN MAIN BY ADVANCED REQUEST)

POUND CAKE W/ GINGER CUSTARD & GREEN TEA ICE CREAM - fresh-baked buttery pound cake w/ ginger custard & house-made match & Organic Valley dairy ice cream; 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


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