VIVA Viroqua Independent Visual Artists

First Thursday Artists Reception

featuring the photography of Paul Hatlem for the month of July

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

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



Paul Hatlem

VIVA Gallery’s First Thursday reception on July 6 will feature photographer Paul Hatlem as guest artist. Paul is a landscape, nature and adventure
photographer based in La Crescent, Minnesota.

Paul’s photography captures the seasons and beauty of the Midwest as well as scenes from his travels around the world. An avid hiker and kayaker,
Paul also has the necessary patience that allows nature to reveal itself, and all of this culminates beautifully in his panoramic photography. His images
captivate the viewer, affording a genuine sense of place. Paul uses high-resolution digital photography, capturing the subtle details of the natural world
and transferring them to large print format with stunning clarity and color. Printing the images on canvas lends a painterly quality to his photographs.

Paul has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, and has been involved in photography, graphic arts, and printmaking for more
than 25 years. He does his own printing on fine art paper or canvas with archival quality pigmented inks. His images grace the walls of homes and
corporate offices around the Midwest.


Please Join Us July 6th at Rooted Spoon for 1st Thursday: New England
219 S. Main St., Viroqua
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: SMOKED TROUT PATE, CRUDITE, & CRACKERS - lemony Rushing Waters smoked trout, cream cheese, & scallion spread w/ lots of local vegetables & Potter's Crackers caramelized onion crisps
NEWPORT-STYLE CLAM BOIL: clams, mussels, chicken, Driftless Organics potatoes, & sweet corn layered & smoked, & steamed w/ Portuguese white wine, spicy sausage, & garlic scapes; served w/ melted herb butter & crusty bread OR
SMOKED MOZZARELLA TORTELLONI - RP's smoked mozzarella-stuffed pasta w/ garlicky local vegetables & white wine sauce (VEGETARIAN MAIN BY ADVANCED REQUEST)

MIXED BERRY PIE - flaky pastry filled w/ local berries & topped w/ vanilla ice cream; served w/ Kickapoo Coffee or fresh 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


July- Paul Hatlem- photography
August- Jackie Reeves- watercolor
September-Diane Brown-potter
November-December- Artisans Holiday Market