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The Avonelle Kelsey Gallery

Avonelle Kelsey

(1931-2009)

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The Avonelle Kelsey Gallery is a virtual studio featuring the paintings, sculptures and mixed media artwork of the late Avonelle Kelsey (1931-2009).

About Avonelle Kelsey
On November 22, 2009 Avonelle Kelsey lost her long-fought battle with breast cancer. At that time Avonelle was the owner of The Kelsey Art Gallery in Hot Springs, SD. As her final gift to the world, she left behind this 8,000 square foot gallery, which was packed full of her paintings, sculptures, collages and written works.

A graduate of Circleville High School in West Virginia., Avonelle attained BA and MA degrees in Art, Literature and Educational Psychology from BHSC in Spearfish, SD. During her divorce in 1973-74 Avonelle relocated to San Diego where she was a well-known artist, a published author, as well as an instructor of art, creative writing and sculpture for Mira Costa College, spending several decades in and around the Carlsbad/Oceanside community. She returned to The Black Hills of South Dakota upon her retirement, to live out her dream of owning an old sandstone building by the river in Hot Springs and painting her days away.

Avonelle (Avi) frequently designed sculptures and paintings to go together as sets. Often a written work, from a brief poem to a book or screenplay, was also part of these "sets." Characters inspired paintings, sculptures inspired poems. Her wheels of creativity never stopped turning.

Over the years Avonelle had many galleries in California and South Dakota. Her work is in private homes and collections across North America and from Spain to Thailand. If you are looking for a specific piece from one of her past galleries, I am happy to try and locate it. I (her daughter Nola Lee kKlsey) have stayed in touch with some of her collectors and maintain some record of which works are in various family members collections as well. However, please understand that I can still only account for a fraction of her life's work.

 

Cliff Dwellers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Drizzled by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Tattooed Man by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Genes by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Unknown Story by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Civilization by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Sunflower Bouquet by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Spanish Dancer by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Nap by the Lily Pond by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Voyeurs by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nude Dressing by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Breast Cancer Awareness by Avonelle Kelsey

 

River by Avonelle Kelsey

 

City Life Collage by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Beauty of Form by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Morning Field by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Daisy a Day by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Appalachian Township by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Two Koalas by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Crystal Vase by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Acrylic Bouquet by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sunflowers on a Windy Day by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Joys Intended by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Dimensions by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Freedom by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Woman of the Whispering Wind by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Christmas by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Poinsettias in a Brown Vase by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Nativity of the Angels by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Three Panel Nude by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Glass Butterfly by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Self Portrait on a Picnic Table by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Child Bride of the Sahara - Close Up by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Child Bride of the Sahara by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sunflower Abstract by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Eskimo Poem by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Wolves at the Door by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Still Life with Grapes by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Buffalo Spirit by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Red Roses in Glass by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Dozen Red Roses by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Lighthouse Keeper and the Swan 2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Lighthouse Keeper and the Swan #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Push and Shove by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Sea of Cortez by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Avonelle's Fruit Bowl by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Soul Portrait by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Avonelle's Tribe by Avonelle Kelsey