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City artist to make her mark in Japan

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The artist behind the “Spirit of Fredericksburg” collection is moving to the Land of the Rising Sun this fall.

Local artist Tanya Richey has closed her Tanya M. Richey Studio Gallery on Caroline Street, where she had operated since 2010, as a precursor to her two-year move to Japan.

“Closing is bittersweet, because we have wonderful patrons here and love being in Fredericksburg,” Richey said, “but this is an opportunity we just didn’t want to pass up.”

Richey will be moving with daughter April Bair and granddaughters Amber and Michelle to Camp Zama, a U.S. Army installation near Tokyo where her son-in-law is stationed.

Before she goes, though, Richey will celebrate her work with a farewell gala at Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg.

The gala will also double as the site for a silent auction of some of Richey’s paintings, including pieces from Richey’s “Spirit of Fredericksburg” collection like the 4-by-8-foot acrylic on birch board “Fredericksburg Painting,” which has been hanging in the restaurant.

Richey said she was inspired to create the work while pruning roses at Chatham Manor with the master gardener program.

The painting also graces the cover of her upcoming art book, written by daughter April. It will includes over 70 original images of the area and is set to be released in September as Richey makes her relocation across the Pacific Ocean.

Richey said she considered this move to be just another cultural exchange. She has previously traveled to China and to Fredericksburg’s German sister city, Schwetzingen, to paint “the world around her as she sees it.”

Once settled in Camp Zama, Richey hopes to work on a new art book while painting her surroundings in Japan. She intends to blog and showcase the work on her website.

“I have appreciated all the people that have supported me,” she said, “So I really want to thank all the people in Fredericksburg that have supported me and the gallery.”

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The gala and silent auction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant, 324 William St., in Fredericksburg.

Listings for the pieces to be sold during the silent auction can be found at

Bidding is open through the gala. Remote bidding is available by calling 540/841-7244 or emailing


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