VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

Featuring the works of painter MIKE LIND for the month of March

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

Dinner next door at Rooted Spoon. See below for the menu and phone number for reservations

Mike Lind

Mike Lind

Mike Lind

VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held on March 7 and the gallery will be welcoming back artist Mike Lind.

Mike’s beautifully drawn and painted artworks were very well-received in his two prior exhibits at the gallery, and those who admire his work are always eager to see what new theme he will explore. His latest works beautifully meld topographic mapping of the Kickapoo River with the creatures that inhabit the river and its banks.

Mike is a Wisconsin native who studied art and design at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. After graduating, traveling and working in other parts of the world, Mike settled down on a farm outside of Soldiers Grove with his wife Dani and their two border collies, Mattie and Lucy. On the farm, Mike raises grass-fed beef, creates art and does freelance graphic design in the upstairs studio of their 120-year-old farmhouse.

Please Join Us March 7th  at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: Morocco



Khobz & Kemia: 

Moroccan khobz - barley semolina sesame bread                                             

Sweet potatoes w/ green olives & preserved lemons; Bering Bounty Alaskan cod cakes

Summer’s sweet tomato puree & Big River Beef spiced kefta kebabs


Orange, Olive, & Arugula Salad:  orange, red onion, & black olive salad w/ local fresh arugula & Soler Romero olive oil

Chicken w/ Dates & Chestnuts:  chicken braised w/ saffron, cinnamon, dates & New Forest Farm chestnuts; served w/ couscous 

Chermoula Chickpeas & Vegetables: local peppers, onions, & tomatoes simmered w/ chickpeas & topped w/ chermoula sauce;  served w/ couscous, chevre, & pea greens 


Honey Nut Pastries:  almond & walnut-stuffed fillo pastries in honey syrup;  served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or mint 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


Feb - Salem Minegar- ink, collage
March - Mike Lind -paintings
April - Jamie Heiden-photographer People’s Choice award Driftless Area Art Festival
May - Winding Road Tour artists
June - Natalie Hinahara - prints/paintings
July - Don Hodges- paintings
August - Chris Cox- furniture
Sept - Rebeca Kobos
Oct -
Nov-Dec - Holiday Artisans Market