The Rhein Center Says Goodbye to Director Juliann Breting Rohn

Posted on August 26, 2010

The C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts will say a fond farewell to Director Juliann Breting Rohn, who is resigning at the end of the 2010 Chautauqua summer season after four years in the role. She writes:

Dear Lakeside,

The Rhein Center is a magical space often filled with barely controlled chaos that results in laughter, growth and the making of wonderful art. Children as young as three years old sit at tables next to grandpas in their 80s as they work together on a wide variety of projects. Moms and daughters consult together on a piece of fused glass jewelry or a mosaic stepping stone. Teenagers explore photography or creative writing. What a great place to work!

It has been my privilege and my honor to direct the Rhein Center for four years. During this time I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of Lakesiders as they walk through the doors of this center as students. In addition, I have come to know many volunteer artist/teachers who facilitate the wonderful art classes that we enjoy here. These dedicated people bring their energy and their creativity to the Rhein Center in an endless parade of artistic endeavor. Such fun to watch as they work to experience art together.

Now it is time for me to leave this place and return to my home in Wheeling, W.Va. My pottery business and my little house are waiting for me there. I need to reclaim my life and work in Wheeling and see what new adventures lie ahead.

My deepest gratitude to Lakeside for the opportunity to be here for four seasons. The work has been extremely intense but also very rewarding. Thanks first to Shirley Stary for her untiring efforts on behalf of Lakeside and the Rhein Center. Special thanks go to Pat Castanaras, Leah Mowry and Tiffany Hurless who have worked willingly and well with me at the Rhein Center during my time here. Kathy Anderson, Emily Vidd, Anna Wilson and Merritt Ramicone have also been important members of the Rhein Center staff for parts of my stay. Because of their knowledge of Lakeside and their various experiences, we have worked together as a great team to build up the Rhein Center’s program and to increase its organization and efficiency.  

The Rhein Center Advisory Committee has been a constant source of support and encouragement. Thanks especially to Sittie and Clyde Rhein, past president Jan Dwyer and current president Ruth App for their fine leadership and their untiring dedication to the Rhein Center.

Finally, a huge thank you to the many Lakesiders who serve the Rhein Center quietly and faithfully as volunteers. One might enter registration information into the computers on Sunday in the sweltering heat of a summer afternoon. Another might monitor the rock painting tables on the Rhein Center’s porch amidst families crowded on those hard benches for their traditional time of painting rocks. Still others come quietly to sweep the floors or to help move tables ... whatever is needed to keep things moving smoothly and well. Thank you. Thank you.

Lakesiders, thank you. Thank you for your support, your friendship and your trust. Lakeside and the Rhein Center are truly special. My hope is that the Rhein Center and its programs will continue to find support in this community and will enjoy even more growth and success in the years ahead.

Many thanks and a fond farewell,