Featured artist

Meranda Turbak

WineFest No. 22


Meranda Turbak was born in Watertown, South Dakota, in 1979 and currently lives and works in Stillwater, Minnesota. She received her BFA in Painting from Minnesota State University, Mankato (2005). She has exhibited her work throughout the Midwest, opening the Meranda Turbak Gallery of Modern Art at the historic Goss Opera House in her hometown, Watertown, SD (2009). She currently exhibits her work in various locations throughout the Twin Cities.

About the painting:
I wanted to create something that reminds me of the different moments in which I like to enjoy wine.  We often drink wine in times of celebration, but I also love a good glass in those tender, intimate moments.  So, I wanted to make something that is both vibrant and tranquil.  At first glance you see vibrant colors, bubbles and birds, the sweet moments.  The longer you look, you'll notice more complex moments with hints of darkness.  It happened to be that my grandma passed away while I was working on this painting, so I was thinking about her a lot during this process.  It occurred to me how fitting it was that I was working on this donation to children's health while thinking of a woman who dedicated her life to children's happiness.  In fact, her last words to my brother were, "Take care of the kiddos."  So, in honor of my Grandma Grace, I titled this piece "State of Grace."