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A MESSAGE FROM THE Executive DirectorThrough the challenges of the past two years, the Fitton Center for Creative Arts has enjoyed incredible support from its members, patrons, donors, sponsors, and funders. This strong foundation has allowed us to serve our community with an array of innovative programming, impactful outreach projects, and direct community arts engagement at a time when it was most needed. With renewed energy, we are delighted to announce a full program for the upcoming 2022-2023 Season. We present some of the ﬁnest local and national talent with an incredibly diverse series of live performances and events that includes rock, jazz, pop, country, ballet, drama, and musical theater, as well as some brand-new events and programs for this season. The Fitton Center’s galleries continue to exhibit outstanding and engaging artwork drawn from a pool of talented local, national, and international artists who have been invited to display their work. Our commitment to arts education remains paramount as we look to oer a broader range of classes, workshops, and summer camps. In addition, both the Fitton’s Community Outreach and Community Engagement programs have expanded, developing more partnerships as we pursue our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the community.We are excited about this upcoming season and look forward to seeing you at the Fitton Center very soon!Ian MacKenzie-ThurleyExecutive Director
ABOUT USCome curious and leave inspired. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts isn’t just a building—it’s an experience. We are a non-proﬁt community arts organization that celebrates and supports the full spectrum of humanity through equal opportunities in visual and performing arts. We have served the Hamilton and Butler County communities for almost 30 years. We connect people, energize the local economy, share a sense of place, and provide a variety of cultural opportunities. Learn something new in one of our art classes or workshops open to students of all ages. Be enthralled by extraordinary musicians, actors, and dancers at one of our live performances. Engage with artists in our remarkable galleries. Reserve one of our diverse venues for your special event. Become a part of the Fitton Center and redeﬁne the way you experience the arts in Hamilton! ART EDUCATION People of all ages can inspire their creative spirit in one of our hands-on art classes, workshops, or summer camps. Scholarships are available to ensure all people have equal access to art education.CREATIVE AGING CLASSES Older adults connect socially, creatively, and physically through aordable and accessible art and yoga classes.COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT We bring a vibrant, community-centric focus on the arts by engaging families in original, innovative, and fun community art projects at events throughout Hamilton and Butler County. We beautify the area through StreetSpark and the Wings of Hope mosaic. We build partnerships while creating a culture of inclusion and connectedness.EXHIBITIONS With an emphasis on community engagement, inclusion, collaboration, and partnership, our ﬁve galleries oer the public approximately 20 diverse exhibitions annually, all free of charge.FITTON CINEMA The Fitton Center Cinema oers a community-based cinema with an art-house style.OUTREACH We bring equitable access to quality arts education to thousands of youths each year with our partner organizations including Booker T. Washington Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton, and Best Point Education & Behavioral Health.PERFORMANCES With more than 40 events each year, we present an array of rock, jazz, and classical music, as well as guest speakers, dance, comedy, and live theater. VENUE RENTALS We have a variety of unique settings available for weddings, receptions, showers, reunions, fundraisers, corporate meetings, or performances. Building community excellence through the arts and cultureOUR MISSION
ﬁttoncenter.org | 3PRICE OF MEMBERSHIPIndividual Membership $35Includes all member beneﬁtsfor one person.Family Membership $70Includes all member beneﬁts for upto two adults and all dependentsliving in the same home.PURCHASING TICKETSTickets for events and performancescan be purchased:• Online at ﬁttoncenter.org• By phone at 513 863 8873, ext. 110• In person at the front deskduring business hours• At the Fitton Center Box Ofﬁce one hour prior to each performanceIf wheelchair-accessible seatingaccommodations are needed, pleasecall 513 863 8873, ext. 110 when ordering tickets. Please note: handicap seating notavailable online.GALLERY HOURSMonday – Thursday 10am – 7pmFriday 10am – 5pmSaturday ClosedSunday ClosedGalleries also open prior to performancesand public events. Group gallery tours maybe scheduled outside of listed gallery hourswith adequate notice. All exhibitions areFREE and open to the whole community.OFFICE HOURS Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 5pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed CONTACT US Phone 513 863 8873, ext. 110Email frontdesk@ﬁttoncenter.orgWebsite ﬁttoncenter.orgMEMBERSHIPWhy should you become a member of theFitton Center for Creative Arts? Your membershiphelps serve our artists, students, and local partnerswith a variety of arts programming available onlythrough the Fitton Center. Membership beneﬁtsare renewable annually and can changeseason to season.Fitton Center members enjoythe following privileges:• Discounts on all performance ticketsand season-ticket packages• Discounted camps, classes and workshops,$20 o each class; $10 o each workshop• 10% discount on all venue rentals• 5% discount on all artwork purchases• Advance invitations and mailings announcingclasses, workshops, and events• Eligibility to exhibit art in the biennialFitton Center Member Show• Exclusive performance purchase privileges;tickets available one week prior to thegeneral public• Special oers from local businessesthrough the Fitton CommunityRewards programThe Fitton Center partners withlocal businesses to bring youFitton Community Rewards.Our mission is to buildcommunity excellencethrough the arts and culture.We want to emphasizeour desire to be a part ofthe development of ourcommunity, while expanding thevalue of your membership. It’s aneasy way to support your communityand add beneﬁts to your membership.In order to receive your Community Rewardsbeneﬁts, present your active Fitton Centermembership card at participating locationsto receive a special discount or oer.Visit ﬁttoncenter.org/community-rewards for a list of participating businesses or lookfor our sticker in business windows.CommunityREWARDSREWARDSﬁttoncenter.org | 3
SEASON OVERVIEWAUGUST 202219 5pm Cut Fire Fuse Galleries pg 20 (On View: July 30 – September 9, 2022)SEPTEMBER 20227 11:30am Jovante Woods Foundation Ballroom pg 1610 7:30pm Burning Down the House Theater pg 623 7:30pm Digging Up Dessa Theater pg 12OCTOBER 20225 11:30am The Daughters of Yalta Ballroom pg 1621 7:30pm Sleepy Hollow Theater pg 1222 5:30pm The Land & That Which Lives On It/Unusual Character Galleries pg 20 (On View: October 8, 2022 – January 6, 2023) 22 7:30pm Bravissimo Broadway Theater pg 628 10pm Rocky Horror Picture Show Theater pg 19NOVEMBER 20222 11:30am Dr. Al Miller: Holocaust Survivor Ballroom pg 174 7:30pm Willy Wonka’s Wondershow Theater pg 1312 7:30pm 90 Lies an Hour Theater pg 7DECEMBER 20222 7:30pm A Seussiﬁed Christmas Carol Theater pg 137 11:30am Christmas Lunch with the Buckeye Santas Ballroom pg 1710 7:30pm A Motown Christmas Theater pg 731 8pm New Years Eve Ballroom pg 11JANUARY 202311 11:30am 80 Acres Farms Ballroom pg 17 20 7:30pm The Tricky Max AbraKIDazzle Show Theater pg 1421 7:30pm Take Five: An Evening of Dave Brubeck Ballroom pg 10
FEBRUARY 20231 11:30am National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Ballroom pg 184 5:30pm Field Study Galleries pg 21 (On View: February 4 – March 31, 2023)4 7:30pm The Newbees Present: Super Sounds of the ‘70s Theater pg 810 7:30pm Stellaluna Theater pg 1418 7:30pm Mardi Gras Night Ballroom pg 10MARCH 20231 11:30am Ohio Poet Laureate Ballroom pg 1817 7:30pm Heroes and Villains Theater pg 1518 7:30pm Cincinnati Ballet Classical & Contemporary Theater pg 8
APRIL 20235 11:30am Local Stars of Reality TV Ballroom pg 187 7:30pm The Legend of John Henry Theater pg 1515 7:30pm Nashville Writer's Round Theater pg 9MAY 20236 5:30pm 51st Hamilton Current Galleries pg 21 (On View: May 6 – July 7, 2023)6 7:30pm CCJO Goes to the Movies Theater pg 920 7:30pm Murder Mystery Night Ballroom pg 11PRICING INFORMATIONFitton Showstoppers/Jazz & Cabaret $32 Member $39 Non-member $231 Full-series discounted price for members $116 Any four-show package from these seriesfor membersFitton Family Fridays $6 Member $8 Non-member $44 Full-series discounted price for membersCelebrating Self $19 Member $25 Non-member $137 Full-series discounted price for membersExhibitions Free of chargeSpecial Event $160 Member $175 Non-member• Parties of 20 or more may inquire about group discounts for any event.• All tickets available online at ﬁttoncenter.org, by phone at 513 863 8873, ext. 110, or in person. • Ticket price includes all fees and charges; no hidden costs.
6 | 2022–2023 SeasonSaturday, September 10, 2022 | 7:30pmDOWNTHEHOUSEBURNINGSaturday, October 22, 2022 | 7:30pmavissimoEmpire TrioAs one of the most iconic bands of a generation and with a hit Broadway musical based on their music, the hits of Talking Heads include “Road to Nowhere,” “Take me to the River,” “Psycho Killer,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Life During Wartime,” “Wild Wild Life,” and the classic “Burning Down the House.”Event Sponsor: James K. & Susan A. FittonFITTON SHOWSTOPPERS!Fitton Family TheaterMember $32 | Non-Member $39 The Fitton Showstoppers Series continues to deliver some of the most exciting, diverse, and engaging entertainment in the region. This season brings together a unique blend of outstanding performers that includes local and international touring acts, classic rock events, the ballet, Broadway favorites, and a brand-new Christmas show!New York’s Empire Trio presents Bravissimo Broadway. The show combines classic tunes from beloved Broadway musicals featuring breathtaking and unique arrangements. The performance includes highlights from shows such as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Phantom of the Opera, mixed with fresh versions like the hauntingly beautiful “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. Performance preceded by Gallery Opening at 5:30pm.6 | 2022–2023 Season
ﬁttoncenter.org | 7A collection of hilarious tall tales and other ﬁctions from award-winning humorist, storyteller, and musician, Paul Strickland. Paul has performed at the National Storytelling Festival at the Soho Theatre in New York. His show won multiple accolades on the comedy festival circuit around the country. This one-man show brings together shrewd thoughts about life and human nature. The Orlando Sentinel proclaimed, “Strickland has clinched the art of spinning falsehood after falsehood — while really speaking only the truth.”Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 7:30pmCelebrate the season with the sensational Vince and the Fellas as they bring the holiday music of The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles to the Fitton Center stage. With an 11-piece band that includes four vocalists and a horn section, the soul and style of the classic Motown sound will be sure to get you into the Christmas groove!Event Sponsor: Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Home, Marie Brown and In Memory of Bud Brownﬁttoncenter.org | 7Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 7:30pm
8 | 2022–2023 SeasonSaturday, February 4, 2023 | 7:30pmOtto M. Budig AcademySaturday, March 18, 2023 | 7:30pmNASHVILLEExperience a stunning mixed repertory performance from Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, CB2. These young and talented dancers come from around the country to perform alongside the main company and in community performances throughout the region. These future stars perform a variety of ballet pieces for a powerful, exciting evening of dance.Following their sold-out Beatles and Flower Power shows at the Fitton, The Newbees return for a retro rock extravaganza featuring a nine-piece band, including the Bad-Ass Brass. Slip on your platforms, pop in an eight-track, and cruise in for the greatest hits of the ‘70s by Steely Dan, Heart, Journey, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and more. Event Sponsor: Sponsored in part by Lifestyle Landscape SolutionsFITTON SHOWSTOPPERS!8 | 2022–2023 Season
ﬁttoncenter.org | 9Grab some popcorn, prop up your feet, and silence your cellphone as the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra celebrates all things cinema with incredible music from the silver screen. Enjoy exciting arrangements from some of cinema’s most legendary ﬁlms and composers. With music from the Star Wars, Bond, Rocky, and Mission: Impossible franchises, as well as classics including The Godfather, The Magniﬁcent Seven, and The Pink Panther —there will be something for everyone. Performance preceded by Gallery Opening at 5:30pm.CHRIS GELBUDAFeaturing WRITER'S ROUNDNASHVILLEﬁttoncenter.org | 9Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 7:30pmAward-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Chris Gelbuda takes the stage with some of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriters for an evening of music, stories, and tales of “how the song comes together.” Chris has written hit songs and produced records for international recording artists like Meghan Trainor, Darius Rucker, and Hamilton’s own David Shaw.Event Sponsor: Sponsored in part by Matandy SteelSaturday, May 6, 20237:30pmGOES TO THE
10 | 2022–2023 SeasonImmerse yourself in the Fitton Center’s Carruthers Signature Ballroom as the region's ﬁnest jazz, cabaret, and musical artists take to the stage for a sensational season of performances. Each show transforms the ballroom into a uniquely themed venue. Small- and large-table cabaret seating is available with an accessible cash bar open throughout.JAZZ & CABARETCarruthers Signature BallroomMember $32 | Non-Member $39 TA K EFIVECincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Pianist Phil DeGreg and sensational sidemen Aaron Jacobs and John Taylor join saxophonist Rick VanMatre to perform the iconic music of the legendary Dave Brubeck, including “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” and “Unsquare Dance.”Event Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth & Marcia WehrSaturday, January 21, 2023 | 7:30pmFeaturing The Phil DeGreg Trio+ Rick VanMatre AN EVENING OFDAVE BRUBECK Mardi Gras returns to the Fitton Center this February! The Carruthers Signature Ballroom becomes a little slice of New Orleans with Cincinnati’s smoking Creole band—the Hot Magnolias—taking the stage to lead a Mardi Gras Party in downtown Hamilton. Laissez les bon temps rouler!Saturday, February 18, 20237:30pm10
ﬁttoncenter.org | 11Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 7:30pmKnock three times and slide into the Fitton’s Roaring Twenties speakeasy, Kitty Malone’s. Chicago Mayor "Big Bill" Taylor, an advocatefor prohibition, is secretly attending to celebrate a new city governmentcontract, but his enemies have tracked him down … to kill him!Can you crack the case?with MURDER & MERRIMENT
EVESPECIALEVENTSaturday, December 31, 2022 | 8pm – 1am'SGrab the hottest ticket to the coolest night of the year as we say so long to2022 and hello to 2023! Our all-inclusive celebration features Two Women In a Kitchen’s sumptuous three-course meal and tasty tidbits all evening. Enjoy hosted bar service with beer, seltzer, and wine included or the cash bar for mixed drinks.
Dance to live music by the River City Band, enjoy drinks in the Vista Room,and stroll our galleries. We serve champagne to ring in the New Year and serve breakfast after midnight. This event is sure to be the toast of Hamilton this New Year’s Eve!CarruthersSignatureBallroomMember$150Non-Member$165Tables of eightmay be reservedby phone only.Please call513-863-8873ext. 110 and book early for bestavailability.
12 | 2022–2023 SeasonMADCAP PUPPETSLEXINGTONCHILDREN’STHEATREDessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is ﬁlled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. With help from her once-rival, Nilo, Dessa works to unearth the secrets hidden beneath the surface of the past and present … and her own future.Friday, October 21, 2022 | 7:30pmIchabod Crane can’t decide what’s worse in Sleepy Hollow, the headless horseman or the silliest of ghosts, the horseless headman! To complicate matters, Ichabod unwittingly competes with Brom Bones for the aections of Katrina Van Tassal. Ichabod endures a series of pranks and ghost stories, only to ﬁnd himself on the ride of his life in this hilarious version of Washington Irving’s classic short story.Fitton Family TheaterMember $6 | Non-Member $8Series Sponsor: In Loving Memory of Vaden Fitton from his FamilyCatering Partner: Two Women in a KitchenFITTON FAMILY FRIDAYS12 | 2022–2023 SeasonFitton Family Friday shows are presented especially for children of all ages. The entire family will enjoy performances by local children’s theater companies, puppet shows, live ballet, and musical theater, as well as fantastic interactive events. Returning this season: Prior to each performance, a complimentary reception with kid-friendly food and drink will be served in the Carruthers Signature Ballroom at 6:30pm.Friday, September 23, 2022 | 7:30pm
ﬁttoncenter.org | 13Friday, November 4, 2022 | 7:30pmFriday, December 2, 2022 | 7:30pmWorld-renowned for his eccentricities and surliness, Mr. Wonka brings challenges, mayhem, and a chance to prove yourself worthy of a Golden Ticket! He has magic up his sleeves and wonder in his eyes. Wonka seeks good kids to take a ticket inside his factory. Will you be one of his lucky winners?The Children’sTheatre of Cincinnati Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming words. Our classic Christmas show this year, is better seen and heard. The ghosts of past and present and little Timmy Loo Hoo, this festive holiday tale is a gift from us to you. Event Sponsor: Sponsored in part by MCM CPAs & Advisorsﬁttoncenter.org | 13
14 | 2022–2023 SeasoniiFriday, January 20, 2023 | 7:30pmTricky Max is a one-of-a-kind performer with a distinctive voice and comic energy bringing audience participation to a new level. His interactive program is full of side-splitting comedy, acts of astonishment, fun-loving jokes, and over-sized puppets that keep the laughter rolling.Event Sponsor: Hamilton Caster & MFG Co.Stellaluna the bat, Verdi the snake, and Pinduli the hyena all seek refreshment at a watering hole one hot day, but ﬁnd themselves the victims of a bullying lion’s ridicule. But by sharing stories about building self-conﬁdence, these three misﬁt animals discover wisdom, peace, and friendship. Based on the popular books by Janell Cannon, this delightful musical is a treat for children and adults alike.Event Sponsor: Jim & Emily FuhrmanFriday, February 10, 20237:30pmIN THEParkPlayhouseFITTON FAMILY FRIDAYS14
ﬁttoncenter.org | 15Cincinnati BalletOtto M. Budig AcademyHEROESVillainsLexington Children’s TheatreFriday, April 7, 2023 | 7:30pmJoin Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy's Professional Training Division as they dance through dramatic rivalries from The Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Swan Lake, and Alice in Wonderland. Heroes and Villains oers exciting storytelling, fun choreography, and interactive components for the whole family.(In addition, dance classes and workshops for all ages will be available at the Fitton on Saturday, March 18.)ﬁttoncenter.org | 15Legend has it John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand and steel in his veins. John Henry can win any strength contest, outrun a horse, and drive steel better than any man alive. But can he beat the steam drilling machine at Big Bend Tunnel? This folklore legend of the Steel-Driving Man comes to life on stage!ANDFriday, March 17, 2023 | 7:30pmEvent Sponsor: Jim & Emily Fuhrman
16 | 2022–2023 SeasonCarruthers SignatureBallroomMember $19 | Non-Member $25Series Sponsor: Kathleen KlinkSeries Media Partner: TVHamiltonAccompanied by a delicious buet lunch and locallive music, the Celebrating Self speaker series hasbecome one of the region's most interesting anddynamic luncheon events. Each event plays hostto a diverse array of engaging speakers who willenlighten, educate, and enthrall audiences.DAUGHTERSOFTHEYA LTANational security! International espionage!Cold War missile defense! The Fitton Centerpartners with the Butler County HistoricalSociety to feature local ties to global issuesrecounted in Hamilton’s One City One Book,The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katz. Alfred R. Zugehoer’s daughter DebbieHarms speaks on her father’s experienceas a WWII Ritchie Boy, while Dr. Ralph R.Gutowski - formerly of the National Air& Space Intelligence Center - oers theinsight of an actual intelligence oer.Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | 11:30amAs a result of complications of an asthma attack,Ickey and Chandra Woods lost their 16-year-oldson, Jovante. Their devastating loss, coupledwith what they found to be limited resources,education, and medicine available to thosewho suer from asthma, drove them tomake a dierence, and thus the JovanteWoods Foundation was born.Event Sponsor: Mercy Health – Fairﬁeld HospitalJovante Woods FoundationCELEBRATING SELFWednesday, September 7, 2022 | 11:30am16 | 2022–2023 Season
ﬁttoncenter.org | 17Fitton Center for Creative Arts | 17Dr. AlMillerHolocaust Survivorwith the Buckeye SantasFitton Center for Creative Arts | 17ChristmasChristmas Lunch LunchTisha Livingston is the co-founder of 80 Acres Farms and CEO of Inﬁnite Acres, the technology company that supports 80 Acres Farms. 80 Acres Farms and Inﬁnite Acres are revolutionizing the way we grow fresh produce, right here in Hamilton. Everything they grow is free from pesticides and picked and delivered within days, using far less resources than conventional farms.Event Sponsor: Terrill (Terri) StewartWednesday, January 11, 2023 | 11:30amTishaLingstSanta Claus is coming to town! Enjoy a festive Christmas lunch with friends and members of Ohio’s own The Buckeye Santas. The Santas will give detailed insight on what it takes to become Santa. Much work goes into bringing such joy to so many, each and every year.Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 11:30amThe New Life Out of the Ashes sculpture by artist Ste Friedman in the Fitton Center lobby is a memorial to the Holocaust and a gift from the Miller family. Dr. Miller was born in Berlin, survived under the Nazi regime until he left Germany alone at age 14. After making his way to the United States, Dr. Miller entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in Germany until the end of the war. Event Sponsor: Supporter of the Fitton Centerﬁttoncenter.org | 17Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 11:30am
18 | 2022–2023 SeasonCELEBRATING SELFNATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROADFREEDOMCENTERWoodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr.Ohio Poet Laureate 18 | 2022–2023 SeasonKARIGUNTER- SEYMOURLocal Stars ofa TVOne of the great sensations of modern entertainment has been the rise of reality television. We have had some fantastic local talent to support these shows. TVHamilton’s Je Archiable hosts a panel discussion featuring local reality TV stars Brad Baker (Shark Tank) and Susan Vaughn (The Amazing Race) to ﬁnd out more about how they auditioned, made the cut, and what really goes on behind the scenes of your favorite reality shows.Kari Gunter-Seymour is Poet Laureate of Ohio and a recipient of a 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. Her collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2020), winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award.Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 11:30amWednesday, March 1, 2023 | 11:30amWednesday, April 5, 2023 | 11:30amCelebrate the start of Black History Month with Freedom Center President & Chief Operating Ocer Woody Keown. He joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in November of 2019, building on a career as an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, corporate executive, and community leader all over Greater Cincinnati.
ﬁttoncenter.org | 19The Fitton Cinema is a community-based cinema with an eclectic, art-house style. The Cinema focuses on event screenings, family ﬁlms, documentaries, classic and cult movies, as well as ﬁlms with local ties. Rent Fitton Cinema for birthday parties, gaming nights, corporate presentations, fundraisers, and private screenings.This year, we present "Pop-Up" Cinema all season. Holiday themes, special presentations, and surprises.The cultiest of cult classics returns to the Fitton Cinema in time for Halloween. With full theatrical sound and lights, as well as a special shadow-cast performance by The Denton Aair, it’s time to do the “Time Warp” again!FITTON CINEMAﬁttoncenter.org | 19Friday, October 28, 2022 | 10pmRocky Horror picture show
20 | 2021–2022 SeasonGalleriesFree of chargeWith an emphasis on community engagement, inclusion, collaboration, and partnership, the Fitton Center’s ﬁve galleries oer the public approximately 20 diverse exhibitions free of charge annually. Featuring world-renowned artists while maintaining a local focus, the shows oer gallery openings with cash bar, lively tour discussions, and original art to purchase. Guest curators bring fresh perspectives. Each gallery opening is followed by a Fitton Center performance event.Our planet is a curious place; Nine contemporary photographers respond with distinctive landscape and nature photographs to surprise and delight the viewer.Contemporary Photography & the Curious Nature of Our PlanetFive photographers make creative choices that aect and illuminate their subjects, shedding light on who we are and how we see humanity. Exhibitions Curated by Kent Krugh. Exhibitions on View: October 8, 2022 – January 6, 2023 Gallery Opening: Saturday, October 22 | 5:30 – 7:30pm Artist Talk: 6 – 7pm in Fitton Family Theater Followed by: Empire Trio Bravissimo BroadwayExhibitions are part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial. Now in its sixth iteration, the Biennial activates more than 100 museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus. Support for these 2022 FotoFocus Biennial exhibitions provided by FotoFocus.CutFireFuse Exhibition on View: July 30 – September 9, 2022 Gallery Opening: Friday, August 19 | 5 – 9pm as part of Season LaunchFriday, August 19, 2022Saturday, October 22, 2022EXHIBITIONS20 | 2022–2023 SeasonUtilizing hand-cut paper, built and ﬁred ﬁgures, and collaborative printmaking, artists fuse long-standing stories with contemporary visions. Solo: Pamela L. Hignite (Liberty, Indiana) Solo: Sarah Nguyen (Columbia, Missouri) Group: FUSE PRESS: Curated by Jennifer Purdum & Andrew Au (OTR, Cincinnati)
Fitton Center for Creative Arts | 21We’re creating a buzz! This juried visual art show features some of the best new artworks in the region in an electrifying mix of media from a 60-mile radius of Hamilton, Ohio. Two professional guest judges select works from hundreds of entries to spotlight between 55 and 85 artists in this vibrant group show.Entries for this visual art competition will be accepted online in March 2023. Exhibition on View: May 6 – July 7, 2023 Gallery Opening: Saturday, May 6 | 5:30 – 7:30pm Followed by Fitton Showstoppers performance: CCJO Goes to the MoviesSaturday, February 4, 2023Saturday, May 6, 2023ﬁttoncenter.org | 21FIELDStudyAs keen observers, ﬁve artists infuse landscapes and created environments with self-study, intriguing specimens and imagined realms.Solo: Melis Agabigum (Fenton, Michigan) Solo: Logan Walden (Athens, Ohio) Three Person: Allyson Burke Coren (Fort Thomas, Kentucky), Kathy A. Moore Casstown, Ohio) & Emily Stokes (Omaha, Nebraska)Exhibition on View: February 4 – March 31, 2023 Gallery Opening: Saturday, February 4 | 5:30 – 7:30pmFollowed by Fitton Showstoppers performance: The Newbees Present: Super Sounds of the ‘70s
22 | 2022–2023 SeasonIn this space the Fitton Center collaborateswith area universities, schools, social serviceorganizations, retirement communities,and artist guilds. With hands-on help bypresenting groups, we install and celebrateartworks by hundreds of youth and adultartists each year.Any group can apply for a show by visitingﬁttoncenter.org/community-galleryWe invite groups of all ages to engage inour community art center, tour our building,and join in gallery talks guided by FittonCenter sta and featured artists. Sponsorshipof ﬁeld trips ensures that students, adultswith disabilities, and community-basedorganizations can visit at no cost.To plan a ﬁeld trip, visit ﬁttoncenter.org/toursThis ongoing gift shopcollaborative focuses attentionon works created by studentsand instructors of Fitton Center classesand workshops. Your gift provides a uniquehandmade treasure for a loved one, supportsa local artist, and beneﬁts the Fitton Center.CounityGallery22 | 2022–2023 SeasonClaes &Workshops
ﬁttoncenter.org | 23ART EDUCATIONAn exciting six-week lineup of art-themed camps for youngartists, writers, and performers full of discovery, activities,and lessons. Each week-long camp allows students to spendquality time learning and creating with professionalartists and teachers.Claes &WorkshopsCENTERFOR CREATIVE ARTSFALL 2021 EDUCATION BROCHUREWorkshopsClassesThe Fitton Center's education program encouragesartistic discovery and growth for children,teens, and adults alike. Our high standards ofprogramming are met through knowledgeableinstructors, quality supplies, studio classrooms,and specialized equipment including potterywheels, kilns, printing presses, and more.We oer a wide range of classes for both beginning and experienced artists, with new options added each session. Students can develop and expandtheir artistic skills in a variety of inspiring painting, drawing,printmaking, mosaics, and pottery classes. We also oer one-day workshops for students who want to express theircreativity without the full six-week commitment.The current class schedule and registration can be found in the education brochure or on our website at ﬁttoncenter.org/education.Summer CampCreativitySUMMER 2022 EDUCATION BROCHURECENTERFOR CREATIVE ARTSSummer CampsWorkshopsClassesﬁttoncenter.org | 23
The Creation ationThe Creation Station is the Fitton Center’s free-form expression hub. This activity center is available to the public at no cost any time the center is open. People of all ages and skill levels can become makers with a diverse assortment of rotating art supplies. This hands-on educational component complements each exhibition currently on display. The Creation Station includes a chalk drawing wall, artwork display wall, art supplies, activity instructions, and creative space for both children and adults.24 | 2022–2023 SeasonMosaic WorkshopsThere’s always something creative happening in our mosaic studio! Each session oers beloved workshop favorites — like Wearable Mosaics — in addition to unique and diverse rotating mosaic workshops that help our students master new techniques. Our students apply the fundamentals of art and design as they work with a variety of substrates and tesserae to create beautifully detailed mosaics.
ﬁttoncenter.org | 25ScholarshipsStrongbox Press is the Fitton Center’s printmaking studio, featuring a built- from-scratch Takach etching press, auxiliary direct-drive miniature etching press, and laser cutter. Strongbox hosts a variety of classes, workshops, summer camps, and live-printing public events. This valuable resource allows our artist community to create printed editions, cards, posters, t-shirts, portfolios, and more! Every person deserves the opportunity to explore their passion, embrace their creativity, and grow through our education experiences. Scholarships eliminate ﬁnancial limitations that prohibit some students from participating in our classes and workshops. Funding is awarded for classes, workshops, and camps any time during our season from July 1 to June 30.Sponsors: Ronald & Ann Berg
26 | 2022–2023 SeasonAt the core of the Fitton Center’s missionis the Community Outreach Program thatbrings equitable access to after-schoolyouth art programs, youth summercamps, and adult classes for hundredsof people across the Greater Hamiltonand Butler County region. Communitypartners include Booker T. WashingtonCommunity Center, Boys & Girls Club ofHamilton, and Best Point Education &Behavioral Health, as well as other socialservice and care organizations.Program Sponsor: Michael & Lucinda Dingeldein, Community Design AllianceOutreachThe Fitton Center brings a fun, community-centered focus to arts engagement at morethan a dozen community events throughoutHamilton, Butler County, and GreaterCincinnati each year.EventsCOMMUNITY OUTREACH& ENGAGEMENTHundreds of volunteers—fromelementary school children to seniorcitizens—dedicate their time andtalents every year to publicly supportThe Fitton Center. We rely heavily onour volunteers to support our patrons,members, and guests. As a non-proﬁtorganization, they are critical to oursuccess and help shape the FittonCenter experience.Volunteers take tickets and seat peopleat our shows, help install art, give tours,provide administrative support, andhelp engage the community duringoutreach events. Volunteers are anintegral part of art accessibility and allthat we do at the Fitton Center. Ourvolunteer application is available onlineat ﬁttoncenter.org/volunteers.Program Sponsor: Jackie and Bill GrothVolunteerProgram26 | 2022–2023 Season
ﬁttoncenter.org | 27For more information about the StreetSparkprogram visit ﬁttoncenter.org/streetsparkStreetSpark, a public art programin partnership with the FittonCenter for Creative Arts, the Cityof Hamilton and the Hamilton CommunityFoundation, was founded to further thecreative identity in Hamilton, Ohio, throughexciting murals and public art projects. Theprogram creates engagement by producinghigh-quality art, providing opportunities forlocal artists and enhancing the visual appealof the city. With the goal of fueling Hamiltonartistically, StreetSpark brings visible muralsand artwork into our community.This program energizes our streetscape,creates awareness of the arts and sparksnew development throughout Hamilton.Street Spark has created 18 murals in avariety of styles since the summer of 2016.Each year artists submit a range of designswhile a committee of art professionals andappreciators from the area select the winning murals.Scaffolding Sponsor: Hansen Scaolding
Capacity 200 - 230Take advantage of one of the rare rooftop spaces in Hamilton as you and your guests enjoy panoramic views of the Great Miami River and growing downtown Hamilton on our Riverview Terrace.A lovely setting to ignite your creativity. Guests choose from a selection of four unique and spacious rooms ﬁlled with contemporary art among our ongoing exhibition series. Each show features a unique backdrop for your group to enjoy. *Gallery rentals are dependent on the exhibition/art installation schedule.THE HAMILTON ROTARYVistaRoomThe Fitton Center is more than just an arts center, it is the ideal venue for your next event. From weddings and receptions to corporate meetings, performances, or gaming parties, we have a variety of unique settings available for your next occasion. We are conveniently located in downtown Hamilton, centrally placed between the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The Fitton Center sits on the Great Miami River, oering excellent views from several of our spaces. With complimentary parking and adaptable interior spaces, we are the perfect venue to meet all your gathering's needs.For more information, contact frontdesk@ﬁttoncenter.orgOr 513 863 8873, ext. 110Riverview TerraceGaeries 1ST AND 2ND FLOORVENUE RENTALS28 | 2022–2023 SeasonCatering Partner: Two Women in a Kitchen | 2womeninakitchen.com
ﬁttoncenter.org | 29The Fitton Family Theater features high-back seating, a wooden stage ﬂoor, load-in access directly to the parking lot, comfortable dressing rooms, and fully digital lighting and sound systems. The theater also oers access to a 24’ cinema screen and a high-deﬁnition projector available for rental.Seated Capacity 241Rental Amenities:• Full Bar Service • Full-Service Catering • Dance Floor• WiFi• Sound System• Grand Piano • Staging• Custom Lighting Our beautiful glass-enclosed space features a stunning 180-degree vista overlooking the Great Miami River. Complete with a small outdoor balcony, this contemporary space is ideal for small receptions, ceremonies, anniversary or birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, or meetings.Seated Capacity 250 | Standing Capacity 300Rental Amenities:• Digital Sound System • Custom Digital Lighting • Cinema Quality Projection System• Steinway Grand Piano • Staging • Full Bar Service • Full-Service Catering• WiFiBaoomCARRUTHERS SIGNATUREFITTONFAMILYThis outstanding ballroom features wall-to-wall cherry paneling, crystal chandeliers, and fabulous views of downtown, the High-Main Bridge, and the Great Miami River. This is a gorgeous setting for a wedding reception, small convention, or conference.Seated Capacity 80 | Standing Capacity 125Rental Amenities:• Full Bar Service • Full-Service Catering • Dance Floor• WiFi• Sound System• Grand Piano • Staging• Custom Lighting THE HAMILTON ROTARYVistaRoomTheater
30 | 2022–2023 SeasonPRINCIPAL FUNDERSCORPORATE SPONSORSFUNDERS, SPONSORS & PARTNERS
ﬁttoncenter.org | 31DESIGN PARTNER LemonGrenade CreativePRINT PARTNERS Bethart Printing SolutionsProsourceMEDIA PARTNER TvHAMILTONCATERING PARTNER Two Women in a KitchenOne-time or RecurringTax-Deductible GiftYour gift helps us continue ourprogramming and enables us to continueour mission of building communityexcellence through the arts and culture.This can be done in honor of someonefor their birthday or anniversary, or inmemory of a loved one.Event SponsorshipSponsoring an event provides a greatway to broaden your audience andimprove your company’s exposure, whilesupporting quality arts entertainment atthe Fitton Center.WAYS TO GIVEINDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Ronald & Ann BergMarie BrownMike & Cindy DingeldeinJames K. & Susan A. FittonWoody & Dianne FittonJim & Emily FuhrmanJackie & Bill GrothGerry HammondKathleen KlinkTerrill (Terri) StewartKate & Je TurmanDr. Kenneth & Marcia WehrMark & Anne WoolseyKroger Community RewardsLooking for an easy way to help locally?Create an online account atKrogerCommunityRewards.com and enter the Fitton Center’s organizationnumber PN458. After you create theaccount, simply swipe your Kroger PlusCard when shopping to help support theFitton Center.Heritage Society Make a lasting contribution to theFitton Center by naming it as abeneﬁciary in your will.ﬁttoncenter.org | 31
Parking Sponsors: The Presbyterian Church, Rapier & Bowling Co., LPA Attorneys at LawMAP & PARKING
ﬁttoncenter.org | 33Fitton Family TheaterCarruthers Signature BallroomEVENT SEATINGPhotos By: Dolce Vita Photography
34 | 2022–2023 SeasonWhen you give to ArtsWave, yousupport 150+ arts organizationsthroughout the year that makethousands of concerts, shows,exhibitions, public art andexperiences like BLINK® happen!CMYCMMYCYCMYK