Exposure Unlimited Celebrates Thirty Years of Art Exhibits
In the winter of 1986 John Nichols Jr. approached Fredericksburg area artists to
seek members for an exhibition group. Originally formed as "Art Shop", the
group's first venture began that summer as a co-op in the middle gallery of the
Silversmith House/FCCA. By August of that year the group transitioned into its
present form. No longer a co-op; the name "Exposure Unlimited" was adopted by
the group. Early exhibits occurred at local community colleges and at a
Fredericksburg Fine Arts Festival exhibit which was held in the DuPont Galleries
during December 1986 and January 1987 at what is now the University of Mary
Washington. In the spring of 1988 the group returned to the Fredericksburg
Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) with an exhibit titled "Risk Takers".
Exposure Unlimited would return to FCCA for their 20th and 25th anniversary
exhibits and now in June of 2016 the current membership will celebrate 30 years of
exhibitions and camaraderie with their 30th anniversary exhibit. Over the years
membership in the group has changed, but three of those founding members who
continue with the group today are Cathy Herndon, John Nichols Jr. and Bob
Worthy. Other current members include local artists Jimmy Butler, Betsy Glassie,
Joan Limbrick, David Lovegrove, Retta Robbins and Paula Rose.
Installing the Exhibit "30 Years of Exposure Unlimited"
Exposure Unlimited's 30th Anniversary Exhibit was reviewed by Joseph Di Bella, Professor Emeritus UMW
"Bob Worthy never ceases to surprise his following with another side of his talent.
While I have much admired his photo and drawing transfers in the past,
his recent oil and cold wax paintings are jewels. Morning Mist is a triptych
in which the striations of nuanced harmonic color at once both lie softly
modulated in texture and extend as illusionistic cues of spatial depth.
It may seem at first sight that the interval relationships allude to Rothko,
but for me these are responses to the impression of light in the landscape,
softer than Wolfe Khan's art. In all of Bob's pieces in this show,
light and space are tactile manifestations." Joseph Di Bella
First Friday Reception "30 Years of Exposure Unlimited"