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

The C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts is located in the 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, crafts, dance, and special interest classes for students of every age throughout the summer primarily with select classes offered in the fall, winter and spring.

Upcoming Classes!

Please see the registration link below to reserve a spot in one of these classes.

Fall Rhein Center Class Schedule (check back for regular updates):

Get Dolled Up! Create a Christmas Dress for Your 18” Doll

  • Saturday, November 6 | 10 a.m. - Noon | Aigler Room, Fountain Inn |Ages 16+ | $10

Just in time for Christmas, sew a lovely holiday dress for an American Girl doll (or any 18” doll) for your child or grandchild. Makes a great gift! Choose from two different styles. All dresses are pre-cut in a variety of fancy fabrics for either of two types of dresses. Some sewing machine experience required. For further details contact instructor Wendy Stuhldreher at wendystuhl@verizon.net.

Cozy Denim and Flannel Quilt

  • Saturday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 14| 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Wesley Lodge | Ages 16+ | $35

Enjoy a crafty weekend getaway and come away with a cozy quilt. Created from old denim, the approximately 61”x76” finished quilt is a perfect way to upcycle your old jeans, skirts and vests. The cost of the class is $35. This is a two day class.

Use denim from Grandpa’s old work overalls, or Aunt Bea’s gardening apron, or your children’s outgrown jeans and you’ll have a treasured memory quilt to warm your heart. Lined with soft, woven flannel, the denim quilt is naturally weighted so it feels like you’re wrapped in a hug. Some machine sewing experience is required. Darla Gaiser and her sister Denise will guide you through the process and show you ways to adapt this technique to many other items.

Fused Glass Christmas Trees with Brain Hewitt

  • Saturday, December 4 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR 1:30 - 3 p.m. | Train Station | Ages 14+ | $20

Create a stunning, unique Christmas/winter decoration with your own hands! Under the guidance of Brian Hewitt, in just 90 min. you’ll cut glass and arrange it into a beautiful tree. Safely secured into a rustic cedar base, each tree will be approximately 9-1/2” tall by 6-1/2” wide (including base). Trees will be fired and available for pick up the following day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


2021 Rhein Center Operations and Registration Guidelines

The Rhein Center's summer programming begins on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day.

2021 Summer Hours of Operation:

Monday, Aug. 23: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 25: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 26: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, Aug 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Classes will be held at Epworth Lodge and at various locations on the Lakeside grounds. Please check the Lakeside website homepage for class cancellations due to inclement weather.

A list of classes and registration options are available online. Please visit, lakesideohio.com/classes. Check back regularly for new and updated class schedules. Schedules are usually released two weeks in advance.

Also, please remember to bring your own water bottle and your own paint shirt for appropriate classes.

Online and Phone Registration: For the 2021 summer season, participants can sign up for classes the Thursday prior to the following week (Sun-Sat). Please sign up online here. Guests may also call the Rhein Center during the summer season by phone at (419) 798-4461, ext. 276.

Browse the online course catalog to view up-to-date classes and activities. Continue to check back throughout the summer, as new classes will be added beginning May 17. Registration and payment for weekday classes begins each Thursday at 8 a.m. the week before the class starts and continues through the week, subject to availability.

online course catalog

Parents and Guests: Only registered students and instructors will be allowed in the class areas. Those who wish to wait for the students are encouraged to use the benches and picnic tables around Epworth Lodge and South Auditorium. If a student has a medical reason for assistance during class, please let the instructor know. Students under age 7 will need one adult to remain on the Rhein Center grounds for the duration of the class.

Wait List: Wait-listed students will be notified and registered by phone if a spot becomes available prior to the day of the class.

On the day of a class, if a student has not arrived within the first ten minutes of class, the spot may be given to a present and waiting person. Wait list phone calls will not be made at the time of class; a waiting student must be on site and alert staff to their presence. If multiple students are waiting, priority will be given to those on the wait list, in order.

Refunds: The Rhein Center will offer refunds during the 2021 season only for classes cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor illness. Students who know in advance they will be unable to attend a class are asked to inform the staff, so that those on the wait list may be notified in a timely manner.

Age Ranges: The age range of every class has been thoughtfully considered and is non-negotiable. Please do not alter your age or use another person as a placeholder. If you have a particular reason to enroll in a class with a different age range, please speak with the Rhein Center Manager.

Rhein Center Opportunities: The Rhein Center is always looking for artists and instructors to offer inspiring classes. Proposals for the 2022 season will be accepted October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022. For more information about instructing at the Rhein Center, contact Jennifer Wertz, Manager of Chautauqua Center for the Living Arts & Rhein Center, at rheincenter@lakesideohio.com or calling (419) 798-4461, ext. 276.


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