Wednesday, July 8, 2020
SVMoA Invites Community to Create a Flag of Purples and Yellows
MK Guth holds an armful of blue camas, still prized by Native Americans for its foodstuff.
Monday, June 15, 2020


MK Guth, an installation artist from Portland, Ore., is inviting the community to help her create a work for the Sun Valley Museum of Art’s new BIG IDEA project focusing on the Camas Prairie.

Guth will conduct four free workshops in which participants will paint illustrative or abstract flags using the purples, greens, blues and yellows found in the landscape of the Camas Prairie near Fairfield. Each participant will paint three flags, including one to be hung outside The Museum as part of its summer exhibition.

The unique one-day event is called “Capture the Spring Prairie: Interactive Flag Project,” and it’s part of  “From the Colour of Its Bloom: Camas Prairie” exhibition.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and will consist of four separate hour-long sessions at SVMoA’s Hailey classroom. Each session will be limited to eight participants; they’re open to those ages 8 and older.

COVID-safe protocols will be adhered to. Participants should wear face masks and abide by social distancing recommendations.

Guth took part in the SVMoA’s BIG IDEA project “At the Table: Kitchen as Home,” which opened in December 2018. She produced sculptures that combine books, objects and written instructions for “A Dinner to Remember” and “A Dinner to Plan a Revolution.” And she took part in a discussion of her work, as well.

“MK is a deeply committed artist who wants to use her art to bring people together,” said Kristin Poole, artistic director at SVMoA. “I look forward to seeing how everyone’s individual flags come together to create a larger art piece that will honor the prairie’s beauty by flying outside of The Museum all summer.”

The exhibition focusing on the Camas Prairie will open July 10 and run through Sept. 10. It was inspired by the Camas Prairie, which takes its name from the camas lily, which blooms briefly each spring creating ribbons of flowers that, in the words of explorer Meriwether Lewis “from the colour of its bloom…resembles lakes of fine clear water.”

Pre-register for the flag workshop at 208-726-9491 or by visiting


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