by Jordan Green

It is said that politics is the art of the possible, but it also must be acknowledged that it represents the exhaustion of imagination. Whether you wake up on the day after Election Day elated or distraught, this is probably a good time to replenish humanity and you’re ability to react to people and events with a sense of spontaneity, humor and grace.

There are several great opportunities to do that by attending artist talks, exhibits, receptions and family activities all week.

Falk Visiting Artist Catherine Murphy gives a talk at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro on Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The talk is open to the public, but seating is limited and doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

A reception to kick off an exhibit by Greensboro College seniors Kristin Brady and Travis Welch takes place at the Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis galleries in the Cowan Humanities Building on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Families are invited to SECCA in Winston- Salem for community day on Saturday. The free event from noon to 4 p.m., a celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights in India, provides opportunities to make lanterns, learn traditional Indian dances, make art objects, play traditional games, eat great food and check out the exhibit by Vibha Galhotra.

Families are invited to drop in at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Saturday for the 2012 Art on Paper exhibit. They can make art together and take tours of the museum for free from 1 to 4 p.m.

Siobhan Shene and Patch Whiskey will do live painting at the Release the Youth festival at Uptowne Tavern in High Point on Saturday. The festival, which runs from 3 to 11 p.m., is a promotional vehicle for the forthcoming online magazine Create Your City. The event also features music from a Cup of Blues and Too Far Gone, and comedy from Ben Jones.

Ten percent of all sales at the Kiefaber Studio of Fines Arts in Greensboro on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will benefit the art program at Greensboro Day School.

The 11th Annual Fall for Art sale to benefit Associated Artists of Winston-Salem will be held at the Flow BMW Showroom on Peters Creek Parkway on Nov. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.

ArtPear Gallery and Gifts, a collaboration between Lee Mecum and Amy Garland, will set up in the remodeled Community Arts Café on West 4th Street. A series of free receptions at restaurants is scheduled for this week. The showcase will be at Twin City Stage on Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Jeffrey Adams on Fourth on Nov. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., and at Bernardin’s at Zevely House on Nov. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum offers a free, 20-minute, docent-lead tour of the Juan Logan exhibit Without Stopping at noon on Nov. 13.