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Winners of Lexington’s Arts Awards from Arts Connect

Five of Lexington’s most distinguished artists and arts supporters will be honored July 22 in the first edition of Lexington’s Arts Awards.

The awards come from Arts Connect, an organization that supports Lexington-area arts through programs such as the Mobile Gallery program; the annual plein air painting event, Paint the Town, which was set for June 26; and “Art Throb,” a local arts podcast and radio show on WLXU (93.9 FM) and WLXL (95.7 FM) hosted by Arts Connect founder and director Kate Savage.

“I got to thinking that it would be nice to recognize those

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ART BEAT: Hudgens Center’s new director Laura Ballance aspires to ‘connect and excite’ audiences | Entertainment

“My job is getting others to be as excited and engaged with the arts as I am,” said Laura Ballance, the Hudgens Center’s new executive director.

With the Hudgens’ 40th Anniversary coming up this year, Ballance has plans that guarantee wonderful arts encounters for all.

“I was the black sheep of the family,” Ballance said. “I was expected to go into the aviation industry like most of my family. But I was the ‘quieter’ middle child.”

A native Atlantan, the arts quickly became her passion after an uncle introduced her to photography. As a student at the Galloway School, she

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