C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts

The C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts is located in historic Epworth Lodge on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street. Classes in this large, open studio began in 1999, the result of a generous gift from the Rhein family and their friends in memory of their son Kirk.

The Rhein Center provides a wide variety of classes in fine arts, practical arts and creative crafts for students of every generation throughout the summer. Each week, a unique combination of classes and instructors provide enrichment in areas such as glass, pottery, literature, dance, painting, music, photography, fiber arts, paper crafts and more.

At the Rhein Center, you will find a welcoming staff, dedicated instructors and students who have a shared passion for the arts.

Class Registration

The Rhein Center offers online and in-person registration. Browse the online course catalog to view up-to-date class listings, register and pay or visit the Center for staff assistance. Please remember to select classes carefully, as the Rhein Center is unable to issue refunds for class fees.

NEW in 2019: Changes to the weekly registration process
The Rhein Center will not be holding Sunday Open Houses in 2019. All available class seats will open on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Those wishing to pay with cash or check and those requiring staff assistance may come to the Rhein Center Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Class project samples will be available for viewing at the Rhein Center each week.

Wait List
There will be slight changes to the wait list procedure due to the removal of Sunday Open Houses and the opening of all class seats on Thursdays. Wait listed students will be notified by phone if a spot becomes available prior to the day of the class. As always, all are welcome to come see if a spot opens at the time of the class.

Saturday Classes Weeks 2-8
Saturday classes are available for sign-ups online starting May 1 and in-person starting June 3. Continue to check back throughout the summer, as new classes may be added.

Weekday Classes
Online registration and payment for weekday classes begins each Thursday at 8 a.m. before the week’s classes start and continues through the week. Offered classes will be available to view online in May. Continue to check back throughout the summer, as new classes are added frequently.

20th Anniversary Celebration

The Rhein Center is celebrating 20 years of operation in 2019.

Visit Lakeside's Facebook and Instagram pages, The Front Porch blog, and Lakesider newspaper throughout the summer to find featured highlights of the past 20 years and more information on our anniversary celebrations.

Rhein Center Opportunities


The Rhein Center is always looking for artists to offer inspiring classes. Proposals for the 2019 season are being accepted now. For more information about instructing at the Rhein Center, contact the Rhein Center Coordinator or visit the Rhein Center during the summer.


The Rhein Center is always in need of volunteers, and we'd love to have you join us. Volunteers are needed as assistants with Art in the Park, instructors' aides in some classes, candid photographers for classes each week, and more. For more information, contact rheincenter@lakesideohio.com.


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