What is Alchemy?

The synergy between artistic and culinary practices

Alchemy is an international artist led  residency devoted to exploring  the synergy between artistic practice and the cooking and sharing of locally cultivated food in a community setting. Founded in 2014, this residency takes place each summer in rural Prince Edward County Ontario, Canada.  In the Spring of 2019 we will also offer a one week residency on Toronto Island - the largest car free community in North America.

A community setting for inquiry and discovery

Selected artists call upon a variety of  mediums ranging from visual arts, sculpture, photography, craft, cooking, performance art, writing or video. Artists create and share their work and practice, while also contributing culinary creativity to lively salon style communal dinners. 


Readings and discussions  probe the creative intersection of food and art.  Guest talks from artists, chefs and winemakers  help us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art and food.   

Alchemy is facilitated by two strong advocates for these ideas:  


Claire M. Tallarico is a cook, urban gardener and visual artist passionate intent on  exploring and documenting the intersection between creative practice, community engagement and the sharing of food. 


Tonia Di Risio is a visual artist. Her work has developed through ongoing investigations of the growing, making, preserving, celebrating, and sharing of food.   

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