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Hamilton, Ohio – One need not look far for inspiration.

Artists seeking a creative prompt in the Fitton Center for Creative Arts’ Creation Station have plenty of them just outside the door.

Specifically, artist Maureen O’Keefe’s Being Good exhibition in the first-floor Monument Gallery opposite the Creation Station.

Visitors have the materials to make reflection rocks loosely based on her paintings.

“We always try to have our Creation Station crafts aligned with whatever is out in the galleries in the exhibitions,” said Caroline Digiovenale, Fitton Center education and community experience coordinator.

“With the Being Good exhibition, the artist is asking questions about what it means to be a be a good person. With the reflection rocks, we invite our visitors to think about their own good qualities and make themselves a reminder of their positive attributes.”

O’Keefe herself recently said, “My work has always been about identity. We all have a multiplicity of identities. … All of my work is kind of psychological, but there’s a connection to the physical, too.”

Literally spelling out the psychological characteristics onto the physical canvas of the rocks accomplishes a similar feat for people who might not have O’Keefe’s experience with – and talent for – large-scale portraiture.

Being Good runs concurrently with the Home Free exhibition through January 5, 2024. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Galleries also are open during Fitton Center performances and rental events, or by special arrangement.

The galleries and the Creation Station are always free and available to the public whenever the building is open.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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