GALIPOLLIS — The Gaillia County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will hold a reception and silent auction Sept. 5 that will feature works available for purchase from the “Scared Spring, Holy Wells and Spas of Wales,” a 2014 national exhibition and lecture tour coming to town soon.
The Visitor’s Bureau and the Madog Center for Welsh Studies are partnering to bring Suzanne Iuppa and Phil Cope of Wales to visit Gallipolis for a week on Sept. 1-6, offering creative writing workshops, lectures and presentations.
The presentations and lectures will feature Welsh mythology, folk tales and history, as well as ecology, poetry, photography and the development of faiths and spirituality.
The reception and silent auction is also open to the public and will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Evans Wealth Management, 300 Second Ave., Gallipolis. The event will feature many prints from their artistic and creative journeys that will be available for purchase, enabling attendees to take home a tangible piece of the artists’ journeys.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to host guests all the way from Wales, here in Gallia County,” said Amanda Crouse, executive director of the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is great international exposure for our small town and we, as a committee, want to ensure their time spent here is memorable. Please make plans to attend the Friday evening reception and help us give Suzanne and Phil a warm community welcome. When they return home to Wales, we want them to talk about their positive encounters of our county and residents.”
During their stay, Iuppa and Cope will also give a presentation called “Sacred Springs, Holy Wells and Spas of Wales” at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 in the Davis Library on the campus of the University of Rio Grande, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Iuppa is a poet, film-maker and community worker based in north Wales. Her book titled “On Track: Poems from Welsh Pilgrimage” was the subject of a U.S. reading tour in 2013. The poems in this book were inspired by her journey in 2012, in which she walked 200 miles across the landscape of south and west Wales. During the journey, she followed ancient pilgrim routes into the historic and sacred St. Davids.
Cope is a photographer, writer and exhibition designer. Among his many titles, he is the author and illustrator of books on holy wells titled “Holy Wells Wales: A Photographic Journey (2010)” and “Borderlands: New Photographs and Old Tales of the Sacred Springs, Holy Wells and Spas of the Wales-England Borders (2013.) “
The Visitor’s Bureau asks that individuals interested in attending the reception and silent auction RSVP. To do so or for more information, call (740) 446-6882.