A longstanding, art-themed Quad Cities tradition continues into 2020 as Rock Island's Quad City Botanical Center, on August 1, presents its latest iteration of the community celebration Art in the Garden – a day filled with local arts and crafts, demonstrations, live music, and, as always, lots of extravagantly designed pink flamingos.

Appearing in a virtual July 23 Artist Talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, a lauded Midwestern photojournalist discusses the images he shot for the venue's current exhibition QC Pride Photographs by Andy Abeyta – a celebration of Quad Cities Unity Pride's 2019 Pridefest, and the beautiful faces and sights Abeyta captured, on display through August 2.

Appearing in a virtual July 16 Curator Talk hosted by Davenport's Figge Art Museum, Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, discusses works in the venue's current exhibition About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture a celebration of the beauty of hand-crafted objects on view through August 30.

Gorgeous new works by an Iowa-based artist will soon fill the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, with the Bettendorf venue showcasing colorful, evocative paintings by Susan Reinier in the exhibition Shiny Objects, on display from June 27 through July 30, and with the artist herself in attendance at the exhibit's opening reception on July 3.

Prior to the venue's official re-opening presently scheduled for June 23, Davenport's German American Heritage Center (GAHC) will treat patrons to a live virtual guided tour on June 14, with the museum's assistant director Samantha Turner walking online guests through artifacts, photos, biographies and more in the special exhibitions Power Frauen: German Women Who Dared to Dream and The History We Hold: Highlights from the GAHC Collection.

Focusing on the artist's earlier works that employ found objects as inspiration, the Figge Art Museum's exhibition George Olson: The Found Object, on display June 9 (the day of the museum's re-opening) through 28, finds its creator using a range of mediums – among them woodcut relief, ink wash, charcoal, and assemblage – to move beyond the objects he is referencing in order to create bold graphic abstractions that simulate the intriguing surface textures of his source material.

A local legend in the arts of calligraphy, lettering, and painting will have a number of his estimable works showcased in the latest Beréskin Gallery & Art Studio exhibit, with the Bettendorf venue inviting visitors to view the talents of a former St. Ambrose University instructor in Paul Herrera: Rhythm & Movement, on display from May 29 through June 25.

In a combined celebration of The Great Outdoors, beautiful and evocative works by a pair of Iowa-based artists will be showcased in the next Quad City Arts exhibition running through June 19, with the venue's Web site currently displaying photographs by Ken Urban of Durant and paintings by Margaret Ertz of Burlington.

Many thanks to all who entered the River Cities' Reader’s Spring 2020 Photo Contest for which we received dozens of entries in the categories of "Past," "Present," and "Future." Here are our winners and honorable mentions – congratulations to all!

People gather in celebration with friends and strangers alike on the streets of downtown Davenport while rainbow banners wave behind them. Taken during the 2019 Pridefest, these images by photojournalist Andy Abeyta document one of the many events planned by Quad Cities Unity Pride during its annual QC Unity Pride Week, and can currently be viewed online in the Figge Art Museum's virtual exhibition QC Pride Photographs by Andy Abeyta, on display through August 2.