The talents of a uniquely gifted Quad Cities photographer will bring dazzling life, of all kinds, to the walls of the Figge Art Museum July 6 through January 5, with the venue's Lewis Gallery showcasing astounding natural beauty in Randy Richmond: Verisimilitude, a local exhibition of modern works steeped in centuries of artistic tradition.

On October 11 and 12, an autumnal celebration of art will fill five venues in downtown Rock Island as MidCoast Fine Arts hosts Rock the Arts, with live music, demonstrations, and more taking place at the Quad City Arts Center, the NormaLeah Cancer Initiative, The Shoppes on 2nd, DeSoto Pottery Studio, and The ARTery/MidCoast Gallery West.

Original works from more than 90 juried regional and national artists, children's activities, a Tabor Home Winery tasting, gourmet food, live music, and additional treats will be on hand at the September 21 and 22 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, with MidCoast Fine Arts' 32nd-annual Lindsay Park event finding Terry Rathje this year's recipient of the esteemed Harley Award, which honors those who've positively affected the visual arts and artists in the Quad Cities during their lifetimes.

For the first 2019-20 exhibition at the college's Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, colorful, evocative works from artists around the globe will be on display from September 6 through October 12, with the exhibit Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge showcasing the talents of nearly four dozen artists in a touring presentation by the American Tapestry Alliance.

Taking place in the Bechtel Plaza outside the Figge Art Museum, the autumnal Beaux Arts Fair will treat visitors to an outdoor celebration of visual arts and fine crafts on September 7 and 8, with the annual event featuring food vendors, live music, children's activities, and works for sale by more than four dozen artists from five states.

An artistic showcase for two internationally renowned artists – as well as a homecoming for two graduates of Bettendorf High School – will take place at Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy from August 31 through September 27, with the exhibition Swangstu celebrating the works of brother-and-sister talents Troy and Holly Swangstu.

New pieces by two gifted Illinois artists – both of whom create deeply personal works that reflect on experiences everyone can relate to – will fill the Quad City Arts Center gallery from August 23 through October 11, with Rock Island's Lisa Mahar presenting the mixed-media exhibition Rainbows & Sunshine, and Peoria's Jessica Bingham debuting paintings in her exhibit The Neighborhood Within.

Held in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum's Miracles & Glory Abound exhibition running through September 1, museum staffers will visit the Moline Public Library on August 24 for a special presentation on the exhibit's creator Vanessa German, the Pittsburgh-based artist who inspired the Los Angeles Times to rave, “Strength, physical and spiritual, exudes from her work as if audibly – a proud shout.”

Between August 22 and 25, art in a wide variety of mediums will brighten the streets and venues of the 2019 Alternating Currents festival, with the scheduled events in downtown Davenport including an arts & crafts marketplace, a paper-art festival, a pop-up art show, and much more.

Artists from the Quad City region are, through September 2, transforming the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery with works incorporating neon and video, along with other lighting effects, in the exhibition Electrified – a fascinating showcase boasting vintage automobile signs on loan from K.V. Dahl of Dahl Ford, as well as an interactive exhibit requiring viewers to climb onto a vintage bicycle and pedal in order to illuminate a display courtesy of Bill Wohlford and Ron Kessel.

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