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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.

 

Swans in Lilies by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Drizzled Unicorn by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Leaf People by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Owl and the Dragon #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Thailand by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Speckled Horses by Avonelle Kelsey

 

White Horse in the Rain by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Van Gogh Spirit by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Van Gogh Wheat Field with Crows Copy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Vincent by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Van Gogh Sculpture by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Tropical Dreamscape by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Art of Bamboo by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Lemons and Bamboo by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Birch Trees in Black and White by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Winter's Joys by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Avonelle's World by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Art Lesson by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Bride in the Mirror by Avonelle

 

Natures Tapestry at Verse Van Gogh Copy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Picasso's Seated Woman Copy #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Picassos Bride by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Music Man by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Pumpkins in Fall by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Monterey Oyster Bar at Ocenside Harbor by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Masters Influence by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Dragonfly in a Window by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Australian Devil Hole by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Kittens in Wildflowers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Flamingos by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Night Unicorn by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Living Doll by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Preening Crane by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Lady in the Waterfall by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Lady in the Waterfall by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Chair with Pipe Van Gogh Copy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Chair with Potatoes by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Seduction by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Homestead at Enning by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Bouquet with Blue Flowers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Self-Portait of Avonelle by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Waiting in Red by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Lady and the Leopard by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Dream Weaver #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Sunflower Journey by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Birch Trees in Fall by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Poppies in a Window by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Rainbow Owl by Avonelle Kelsey