Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen focus of documentary for Travel Channel

Last modified: Friday, October 10, 2014
GOSHEN — Local environmental artist Richard Richardson and his Three Sisters Sanctuary will be the focus of a documentary being filmed for the Travel Channel.

Richardson said the film crew contacted him last spring after a producer saw his art and the “hardscapes” he has created at the sanctuary.

“They asked if we would be part of a documentary series that would comprise seven one-hour segments on different artists and their work,” Richardson said. “They said that we were exactly what the were looking for.”

The Three Sisters Sanctuary is an 8-acre outdoor space dedicated to the healing of body, mind and spirit through art. Throughout the sanctuary, Richardson has created pieces such as pergolas with wishing wheels, concept gardens, water gardens, a mosaic and Goshen-stone fire dragon, and an amphitheater. The sanctuary was built in honor of his three daughters, and is also used as an event venue and retreat.

“This is not the kind of art that you can move around and it cannot be placed in a gallery,” Richardson said.

The film crew arrived Friday in Goshen and is scheduled to remain through Sunday, filming interviews with Richardson, his family, local artists, and some residents.

Saturday is also a big day at the sanctuary, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a free event that will be a family-friendly afternoon of art, music and food. The celebration at 188 Cape St. (Route 112) from noon to 4 p.m. will include art installations from five visual artists and performances by five musical groups.

“We are pretty excited about this event,” said Richardson’s daughter Sara Labonte. “It is quite an accomplishment to still be here after all these years.”

In collaboration with the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, the sanctuary will exhibit the works of artists James Kitchen, John Stritch, Bill Tobin, Robert Markey and Dana Salisbury.

The lineup of musicians expected to be on hand are Phyllis and the Phyllistines, Jim K. (formerly of PHAT), Polysonic Joy, Oakes and Smith, and the family-band the Blueberry Buckles.

Musical performances will be held in the sanctuary’s massive stone amphitheater.

Mama T. of Williamsburg will serve clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Guests are also invited to bring a picnic from home.

For more information contact Labonte or Richardson at Three Sisters Sanctuary at 268-3677 or by email at info@threesisterssanctuary.com.

Fran Ryan can be reached at fryan.gazette@gmail.com.