Thursday January 13, 2011 | 09:26 PM

Noted dance photographer Arthur Fink of Peaks Island hosted an opening reception for his photographic show currently on view at the lovely Danforth inn this evening. The party attracted a number of dance and art enthusiasts, who not only were able to view Arthur's work but experienced an uplifting selection of improvisational performances by dancer Karen Montanaro.

Here is Karen in a pose that shows off her fabulous athletic grace and her amazing muscle tone. As guests mingled, checked out the selection of works, and enjoyed drinks and a delicious array of healthy appetizers (created by Arthur's wife, Aaiyn Foster of Foster Wellness, and Steven Quattrucci of Peaks Catering), we were periodically treated to Karen's impressive ability to interpret a range of different musical selections.

As you can see, her work was quite well received by the crowd. The case was the same for Arthur's images, which somehow manage to capture the movement and energy of dance in still photography.

Even though this was a party to celebrate his work, Arthur couldn't resist breaking out his own camera to capture what I'm sure are stunning photos of Karen in action.

His work is on view at the inn in Portland's West End through the end of the month. The inn, located at 163 Danforth Street (although you enter from the door on Winter Street), is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

I'll have more details about the party and what guests had to say about the creativity on display in the Jan. 16 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Look for my column and many more photos in the Scene & Heard society section.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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