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Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen focus of documentary for Travel Channel

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014. The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, left, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    Richard Richardson, left, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014. The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>One of five participating sculpture artists to the 20th Annual Heart Song John Stritch's sculpture is seen at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the 20th annual Heart Song to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA
    One of five participating sculpture artists to the 20th Annual Heart Song John Stritch's sculpture is seen at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The venue will hold the 20th annual Heart Song to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns.
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>Richard Richardson, left, talks about the 20th annual Heart Song at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the event to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA<br/>One of five participating sculpture artists to the 20th Annual Heart Song John Stritch's sculpture is seen at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.  The venue will hold the 20th annual Heart Song to celebrate arts, music and the Hill Towns Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 between noon to 4 p.m.

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.

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