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.

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2020 Rhein Center Operations and Registration Guidelines

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, the Rhein Center will offer virtual and outdoor classes beginning June 22, with reduced class sizes and careful attention to sanitation and social distancing. The Epworth Lodge building is closed to the public, and the Rhein Center will have reduced staffing this summer.

Please note the changes to operational hours and registration policies below.

2020 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9 .m.-4.p.m. beginning June 22. The Epworth Lodge building, including the restrooms and water fountain, will be closed to the public. Classes will be held under the outdoor tents, offsite or online. The Rhein Center is paying careful attention to sanitation and social distancing to protect all instructors, students and staff. Masks will be required for all in-person classes. Also, please remember to bring your own water bottle and your own paint shirt if necessary.

Online and Phone Registration: For the 2020 season, class registration will be available online or by phone at (419) 798-4461, ext. 276. There will be no in-person registration, and class project samples will not be available for onsite viewing. Class project sample photos can be viewed in the online catalog this summer. Browse the online course catalog to view up-to-date class listings, register and pay, or call for staff assistance.

Virtual Classes: Registration and payment for all virtual classes opens June 1. Continue to check back throughout the summer, as new classes will be added. Please note: Some virtual classes will require special supplies that may be picked up at the Rhein Center on the morning of the class.

Onsite Classes: 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. Offered classes will be available to view online in June. Continue to check back throughout the summer, as new classes will be added.

Only registered students and instructors will be allowed to stay at the class spaces. Those who wish to wait for the students are encouraged to use the benches and picnic tables around the Rhein Center and South Auditorium. If a student has a medical reason for assistance during class, please let the instructor know. For students under age seven, an adult is asked to be nearby or reachable during their class time and to return to take the student home.

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 2020 season 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 place-holder. If you have a particular reason to enroll in a class with a different age range, please speak with the Rhein Center Director.

Rhein Center Opportunities


The Rhein Center is always looking for artists to offer inspiring classes. Proposals for the 2021 season will be accepted October 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021. For more information about instructing at the Rhein Center, contact Michelle Johansen, Director of the Rhein Center, at rheincenter@lakesideohio.com.


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