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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.

 

Aborigines Sail by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Hobie Cats by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Southwest Sunflowers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

From Cities Far Below by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Australian Regatta by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Mermaid by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Souls Between Time by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Voyage of Odysseus by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Mountain Goats in Spearfish Canyon by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Bridge by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Hopi and Sioux by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Veil and the Dragon by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Contradictions by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Daisies in Purple by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Red Cloak by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Angel Power by Avonelle Kelsey

 

A Question of Shadows by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Rooster by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Rooster with Chicks by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Freeform Nude by Avonelle by Avonelle

 

Cosmic Cowboy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Carlsbad Flower Field #3 by Nola Lee Kelsey

 

Roaring 20s #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Sun Worshiper by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Roaring 20s #1 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Daydreamer 2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

African Gold by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Starry Night Copy 8 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Nun by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Twins by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Picasso Self Potrait 1906 Copy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Charlie by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nature Sings by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Stained Glass Nun by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Tattooed Lovers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Smeared Sunflowers by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Night Wolves by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Nude with Cats by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Dragonfly Among Chrysanthemums by Avonelle Kelsey

 

10-Man-Q Golden Android by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Owl and the Dragon #2 by Avonelle Kelsey

 

African Queen by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Gypsy by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Laughter by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Reflecting Deer Revisited by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Madison's Garden by Avonelle Kelsey

 

The Medusa Snare by Avonelle Kelsey

 

Moab by Avonelle Kelsey