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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.

 

The Kiss by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Castaway by Avonelle Kelsey

 

E R A 1974 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Vineyard #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Fall Colors by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Autumn Leaves by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Still Life with Wine by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Field in France by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Black Hills Medley by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Moon Rocket 1969 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Palomar Observatory by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Breast Cancer by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nude with a White Hat by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Models Dressing in a Hat Store Window by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sunflower Woman #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Skiers Exhilaration by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sunflowers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Artist by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Water's Edge by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Spearfish Canyon by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nun with Hats by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sailboats Through the Trees by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Quantum Theory by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Dragonflies in Winter by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Aztec Garden by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Moon Lovers with Flute by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Mermaid Twins by Avonelle Kelsey

 

An Unclaimed Memory by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Grandma's Geese by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nudes Reading by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Plums by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Brides for Sale by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Daisy Patch #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Ballerina by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Drizzled Roses in Yellow by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Librarian of the Night #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Librarian of the Night #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Alcove by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Jerrys Tiger by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Siren by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Inspirations Collage by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Still Life with Roses by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Still Life with Roses Partial View by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Tom Will Travel by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Appalachian Nights by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Carlsbad Flower Fields #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Kilimanjaro by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nola's Unicorn by Avonelle Kelsey