“I have tried to capture those exquisite moments when dancers, with their music, come together with great choreography to produce timeless, inter-generational treasures of fine art The quest is to imbue each figure with an independent spirit; implied movements and capture the essence of Dance in Bronze. ...because I believe that Sculpture in the hands of a Master should speak directly to the Soul of Man, as do the most moving words of Shakespeare or the most tender notes of Mozart."
Sterett-Gittings Kelsey 2018-
THE ANGEL'S STORY Chapter 1
It was not what you might expect. I had attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and completed four years, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture..... but even this highly prized degree does not make you a sculptor. A Fine Arts Degree is rather like finishing up the eighth grade in an elementary school, when hopefully, you have learned a bit of English grammar. You can read and write, but you are a long way from becoming a writer, let alone finding a publisher for your own works! This takes years of dedication, and more education in your chosen field, good timing and good luck. It is this same process for the fine art of sculpture. First you have to learn the rudiments of your chosen field and then along with the gifts of good timing and good luck....you must teach yourself to speak sculpture, master that language and then, hang in there and hope like anything, that you will be able to survive. Sculpture is decidedly not on Harvard's list of preferred financial activities!
In my case, before becoming a true artist, Death would have to walk beside me, hand in hand for more than a year before all of the education acquired at The Rhode Island School of Design would be free to kick in and start the process of speaking this new language. I had good timing, good luck and a good education, thanks to my beloved Grandmother, Elise Gillet Boyce, who paid the RISD tuition. In addition, I had exactly the right set parents which is of an incalculable value and in the end perhaps, the greatest gift of all.