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.

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NEW in 2019! Changes to 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 for the entire season are available for online registration starting May 15 and in-person registration 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.

2019 Weekly Class List PDFs

Click on the links below to view a PDF file of the printed class list available at the Rhein Center, South Lot Welcome Center, Fifth Street Gate, Hoover Auditorium lobby, Administration Office, Farmer's Market, Artists N Cahoots, Coffee and Cream, Pond Boat tent in Bettinger Park, and Information Center by the dock.

2019 Week 8 Class List

2019 Week 9 Class List

2019 Week 10-11 Class List

20th Anniversary Celebration

In 1999, family and friends came together to honor the memory of Kirk Rhein by funding the startup of a large open studio arts center in the Epworth Lodge building, located on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street.

Twenty years later, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts welcomes more than 10,000 students every summer season, offering a wide variety of classes in fine arts, practical arts and creative crafts for students of every generation.

The full spectrum of arts are represented with an ever-changing, weekly lineup of classes, including 2-D arts, ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass arts, all kinds of crafts, literature, music, theatre, woodworking and so much more.

The Rhein Center, as it is affec­tionately known, gathers more than 140 instructors each season to share their time and expertise with Lakesiders in a communi­ty that fosters friendships, new creative passions and continued self-exploration.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Lakeside will honor the 20th Anniversary of the Rhein Center and the 100th Anniversary of Epworth Lodge in a ceremony at the Rhein Center. Join us for a celebration of stories, history and refreshments.

Read the Lakesider newspaper, visit the Front Porch blog and check out Lakeside’s Facebook page 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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