Alchemists share their stories: Testimonials

"If artist residencies are intended to foster artistic creativity through the interaction between artists who may not normally  may not normally find themselves engaged together, my Alchemy experience is a perfect examplar of this intersection. Alchemy, I believe, is a unique and valuable project not just for the artists involved but also  for the  communities it works within. In addition to my  participation in Alchemy 2016 on Toronto Island, I visited the 2017 Alchemy residency in Hillier, Prince Edward County, Ontario. I could see immediately the impact of the group of artists on the surrounding community. And vice versa, There was a dialogue with other local artists, with  vintners vintners,and with local food growers.


The connection between art and food, art and the growing of food, and art and agriculture was vibrant, and exciting. Alchemy is a vital experience for any artist engaged with it and has an important place in the cultural climate of art and socio/political culinary binaries. I can think of no other  experience like it.”


Warren Sulatycky

Alchemy 2016

"I truly appreciate the time I spent  as a member of Alchemy Artists Residency 2018.  I was so blessed to spend ten days with women artists that I learned from, cooked with and grew to respect. I have 

never felt more myself and connected then I did at this Residency. ". 

Patti Beckett

Alchemy 2018

"The Alchemy program offers artists in residence the unique opportunity to explore their artistic practice and specifically, how it intersects with food, whether it is growing it, cooking it, sharing it, or all of the above. I know just how powerful this residency is, as I have experienced its transformative capacity first hand. As an Alchemy alumni resident (2015) and returning performance guest (2016), I have been witness to how this residency has brought artists together to collaborate in studio, garden and kitchen.”

Vanessa Rotondo

Alchemy 2015


From the very first time we sat down together to share a meal, the quality and the generosity of the food set the tone for the rest of the stay. At that meal we discovered that we were from all over the world in different disciplines and stages in our careers. Caire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio know that the connection between food and art is a natural one. That food is cultural and creative and that art is nutritive. They showed us the everyday production of food is a work of art, starting with Tonia’s daylong pasta making class and including the idyllic farm setting they found for us. I had been working in my studio alone for the past 25 years and of late I started to feel uninspired. This residency provided instant community and great means of networking.”


Lynn Hubbs

Alchemy 2017