Field Notes

Prince Edward County, Ontario

County Road 22, Picton

Prince Edward County, ON

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Nature & outdoors

Sculpture & installation


Visual arts

Temporary public art installations at wineries, farms, and a group exhibition at Base 31. LISA WOOD Closson Chase Vineyards, 629 Closson Rd, Hillier JILL PRICE CAROLE LULHAM Broken Stone Winery, 524 Closson Rd, Hillier SOOYEONG LEE Hinterland Winery, 1258 Closson Rd, Hillier NGOC NGUYEN Grange of Prince Edward, 990 Closson Rd, Hillier FATIMA GARZAN NICOLE CROZIER TONIA DI RISIO Casa Dea Estates Winery, 1186 Greer Rd, Wellington ALESSANDRA POZZUOLI Rosehall Run Vineyards, 1243 Greer Rd, Wellington GWENYTH CHAO ANNIKA WALSH Blue Wheelbarrow Farm, 120 County Rd 32, Picton PATTI RANDAZZO BECKETT & RENEE WETSELAAR Redtail Vineyards, 422 Partridge Hollow Road FRIDA FOBERG CLAIRE M TALLARICO HEATHER LINDSAY Thyme Again Gardens, 403 Smokes Point Rd, Carrying Place Check individual vineyards and farms for their public hours. BASE 31 gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm The Dentist's Office, 26-343 County Rd 22, Picton, Prince Edward County RECEPTION Sunday 25 September, 2 - 4 pm A poetry reading by Heather Lindsay at 3pm. Visit rural Prince Edward County for a group exhibition. It is here that artists created site specific artwork in collaboration with local wineries and farms. Each work responds to the land and the individuals who grow and care for the vines and each other. The exhibition will run from September 23 to October 16. - About the program: Since 2017, Alchemy has nurtured food, art and dialogue between visiting and local artists, wine makers, growers, long-time residents, and seasonal agricultural workers in Hillier, Prince Edward County. Originally offered as a traditional artist residency each summer, Alchemy now pairs artists with wineries to create work in response to their temporary surroundings – a landscape that while stunning represents a harsh climate and rocky clay like soil. During 2021, seven visual artists and one writer each spent a portion of the County’s harvest season reflecting about what compels people to continue to create, grow, farm, and live on the county’s western edge. These artists further engaged with the community by assisting Alchemy coordinators Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio in planning and preparing twice weekly meals featuring local produce and proteins for the 40 seasonal agricultural workers who live and work on collaborating local wineries. These meals are offered to acknowledge the significant contribution of farm and vineyard labourers, many of whom come from outside of Canada and all of whom work alongside local wine makers and vineyard owners to harvest food and grapes enjoyed in the county and beyond. To go behind the scenes of this project visit

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.

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Alchemy Artists Residency

Alchemy is an Ontario-based artist residency committed to fostering community engagement through the exploration and sharing of art, food and conversation. Attracting artists from Canada and throughout the world, its programming initiatives are led by artists Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio. Our current programming has deep roots stemming from what we have learned in offering six traditional artist residencies and programming on the Toronto Islands and in rural Prince Edward County (PEC), Ontario between 2015 and 2019. Prior to the global pandemic, participating artists in a variety of mediums ranging from visual arts, sculpture, photography, craft, cooking, performance art, writing and video shared their work and practice in a communal setting. Readings and discussions probed the creative intersection of food and art. Guest talks and walks with local artists, chefs, winemakers and community members helped us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art, food, and ideas in a community setting. In 2020, in response to the first wave of COVID-19, Alchemy’s program shifted to a small group of volunteers and artists who made twice weekly suppers for seasonal farm and vineyard workers in PEC. The project called "Table Settings" recognized the vital contribution of labourers, most of whom come from outside of Canada, and all of whom play a vital role in this wine producing region. In 2021, and again in 2022 we continued to provide twice weekly meals to seasonal agricultural workers. We also invite individual artists to create site-specific installations accessible to the public in collaboration with local farms and vineyards. This exhibition called "Field Notes" is part of the Culture Days Festival in the fall. Learn more about our eighth season of programming offerings.


County Road 22, Picton

Prince Edward County, ON

Base 31 - The Dentist's Office