Susan Cushing is October Guest Artist

Susan Cushing is October Guest Artist at VIVA Gallery
        La Farge artist Susan Cushing will be the featured guest artist at VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday reception on October 6. She will be exhibiting a series of paintings inspired by the time she resided in Canada and the remarkable beauty of the frozen landscape.

         Susan returned from Canada to Wisconsin in 1996, and spent time exploring different mediums, including pastels, colored pencil, and a bit of painting. During that period, she exhibited her art at VIVA Gallery until family and business obligations placed more demand on her time. But it was not long until she was abruptly brought back into the art world, by virtue of six weeks of forced inactivity due to a broken leg. She recognized an opportunity, picked up her brushes, and began to paint on a daily basis. The midwinter interlude sparked memories of the glaciers and mountains where she had spent much time on skis.
Her series of paintings captures a world of water, frozen on the ground and in the sky. It is a silent world, extremely cold, yet full of light. Weather changes quickly, and avalanches are a constant danger. For all its challenges, it is a place of spectacular beauty and Susan has shared that magnificence in her paintings. All the works depict scenes in the Canadian Rockies, and the Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell ranges of British Columbia.

Susan’s paintings, along with the works of VIVA’s member artists, will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception on October 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The gallery is located at 217 South Main Street in Viroqua. For more information about this and future First Thursday events, contact the gallery at 608-637-6918 or