VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

featuring the watercolor paintings of JACQUELINE REEVES for the month of August

An artists reception will be Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00- 7:00 pm.

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





Life is good, and watercolor painting is the icing on the cake. Of the many mediums of expressing myself, watercolor, with its transparency and freshness is my favorite. It is a medium with constant discoveries, and some interesting surprises. Colors can mingle on the paper with various results. Viewers of my paintings at an art fair sometimes respond with comments about the painting making them feel happy, or such. I smile, glad that they have connected with my intention of the painting. I often paint the world around me on our family farm in the driftless area. I think of the small family farm life being harder to find, and some of my paintings record scenes of that way of life. My watercolors are not limited to farm life, but often include animals or people from places traveled, photographed, and painted when we are back home. Sometimes I paint plein air (outside), which is a great way to sharpen the senses. I just know that it is a joy to paint, and it has opened up the door to many friendships, experiences, and awareness of the world of shapes and values.


Please Join Us August 3rd at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Ethiopia

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

Make Your Reservation

TO START: BEEF SAMBUSA & CARROT CHUTNEY - fried pastries filled w/ seasoned Big River beef & fresh herbs, served w/ carrot ginger chutney & shredded greens
ETHIOPIAN FEAST: INJERA - fermented teff flour flatbread; TIMATIM SALATA - tomato & onion salad; TIKIL GOMEN - potatoes, carrots, & cabbage sauteed w/ ginger, turmeric, & green chile; YEMISIR WOT - red lentils w/ berbere spices; YEQEY SIR QIQQIL - beet salad; YE'ABESHA GOMEN - sauteed collard greens; DORO WAT - chicken stew w/ onions, soft-boiled eggs, berbere spices, & lemon

PASTI & HONEY GELATO - Ethiopian fried dough pasti & house-made local honey gelato; served w/ Ethiopian Kickapoo Coffee or fresh ginger 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


September-Diane Brown-potter
November-December- Artisans Holiday Market