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by Jordan Green

Following the exhaustion of politics with the results of Tuesday’s primary election, you may want to lick your wounds or celebrate. In either case, it’s important to stay engaged and pursue creative alternatives to despair.

With the uneasy marriage of art and politics in mind, the first order of business for Greensboro residents should be to attend the advisory committee and economic impact committee meetings of the Greensboro Performing Arts Center process at the Center for Creative Leadership on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. The performing arts center group will make its initial presentation to city council on May 15 at 5:30, and the group’s task force convenes at the Downtown Marriott on May 16 from 8 to 10 a.m.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro screens “Change,” an episode of the Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century television series, featuring artists El Anatsui, Catherine Opie and Ai Weiwei.

A reception for Greensboro College senior art student Stephanie Newman takes place Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cowan Humanities Building on campus. An exhibit featuring the work of Newman and two other students, Meghan Rich and Jenny Neal, wraps Saturday.

ArtQuest, the Green Hill Center’s handson art studio for kids, families and school groups, hosts a paper-marbeling workshop May 15-19. Visit greenhillcenter.org for more information.

The Creative Corridor Coalition makes a presentation to the West End Association on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the YMCA West End Room in Winston-Salem. For more information about the Creative Corridors project, e-mail info@creativecorridors.org.

The April Showers Bring May Flowers exhibit is underway this month at the Studio and Gallery in Greensboro, including work by artists Jerry Cartwright, Carol Hunter, Vicki Johnson, Carol Moates, Judy Meyler, Renee Swing, Ron Curlee, Eric Moss and Kristi Anspach. Open by appointment only. E-mail thestudioandgallery@hotmail.com for more information.

Anna Troupe is the featured artist this month at Delurk Gallery in Winston-Salem. Troupe’s mixed-media collages, furniture design and fabric pieces will be on display. Also this month, Patrick Harris’s Roboctupus and Woodsherry Anderson’s giant octopus — both made from found and recycled materials — go at it in The Epic Battle.

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