Thursday April 22, 2010 | 11:00 PM

A fun group of photographers and collectors turned out for tonight's Black & White Party in support of the fledgling Maine Museum of Photographic Arts.

I snapped this photo of the fabulous trio behind the museum effort. From left, they are Elizabeth Moss, who owns Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Anne Zill, who serves as the director of UNE's Art Gallery, and Denise Froehlich, a fine art photographer. The festivities took place at a temporary exhibition space at 190 US Route 1 in Falmouth, where the "Capture: 50 Photographic Artists" show is on view.

With the aim of collecting and cataloging the work of contemporary photographers working in Maine, the museum will first exist as a virtual institution with extensive online resources. It will host a handful of shows each year. Once it's firmly established in cyberspace, a brick and mortar home will be sought.

Of course, the first step is raising a little cash.

Tickets sales from tonight's party are sure to help get the effort closer to the $17,955 goal.

Not only did the party offer up a truly outstanding collection of photography, it also served up some cake. Here painter Deborah Randall surprises Jared DeSimio, who has work in the show, with a birthday treat.

Want to hear more about who was at the party and what they had to say? I'll dish up more details and photos in the May 2 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. I hope you'll check it out.

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