photo collage courtesy of Jeanne Connelly, Denver Westword
“Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or leave in shadow that which we believe to be real.”
“The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is
capricious, unruly and irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse — the rest gets underway
by just playing.”
Shatter the Status Quo by Candace A. Hill
Dorothy Tanner gazing at Logo
I first met Dorothy Tanner about ten years ago, dancing among a crowd of sweaty bodies. I didn’t know I was looking for an petite elderly woman, I just knew I wanted to meet the extraordinary artist I’d heard so much about. Dorothy Tanner is the founder of Lumonics; an unusual gallery in Denver, Colorado, featuring the LED lit Plexiglas sculptures she creates. Lumonics hosts workshops, school field trips, yoga classes, meditations, and music events of all kinds. So, when a DJ friend of mine landed a gig there, I went with great anticipation.
As I wandered into the darkened gallery dream space filled with the soft glow of whimsical sculptures that looked like abstract life forms and alien space ships, I knew I’d found something special. The outside world seemed to disappear, and I suddenly realized that I had just entered a gateway into a new dimension where…
Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS
The “Arts District” (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been selected for airing on national PBS stations. It most recently aired on Milwaukee Public TV’s “The Arts Page. ”
“Light and sound artist Dorothy Tanner creates breathtaking sculptures using light, and she also uses sound to create a mesmerizing, multi-sensory experience. Dorothy takes us into her Denver studio and gallery — Lumonics.”
Here is the YouTube clip of the segment.
The Lumonics Light Brigade
GREGORY DAURER | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Nonagenarian Denver artist Dorothy Tanner marches to the beat of her own drummer.
The sculptures at her Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery defy convention, fusing light and sound.
ARTIST HOUSE TOUR: DOROTHY TANNER ILLUMINATES WESTMINSTER HOME WITH TRANSCENDENT ARTWORK
Indie design blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she shares some of her favorite homes, taking us inside unique private spaces in Denver and beyond. Dorothy Tanner harnesses light and sound to transport her audience into another realm of reality. Her transcendent artwork and sound create a surreal perspective that glows at her studio/event center, Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery. But her 2,800 square-foot home is also full of light and love, and that’s where we caught up with Tanner to talk about her art.
Colleen Smith’s Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Colorado Expression Magazine
Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner
Colorado Public Radio
Staying Vital As Time Marches On:
Art Can Hold The Key
Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Light artist Dorothy Tanner, 92, speaks with 5-year-old Kaya Naslund about one
of the “creature-like” sculptures featured in her current exhibition,
“Creatures From Left Field,” at the Lakewood Cultural Center.
(photo by Corey H. Jones/CPR News)
“Sculptor Dorothy Tanner’s work is best seen in the dark. That’s because the 92-year-old works with light,
using materials like plexiglass to bend and blend vibrant rays of color. She’s been making art for more than 60 years.”
Creatures From Left Field by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center, 2015
Dorothy Tanner collaborated with David Taylor, artistic director
and founder of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, to create light sculptures for the
world premiere of The Lady of the Lake, performed in the summer of 2015.
A Light Journey at Denver International Airport,
Feb. 2014, May, 2014 DIA Exhibit
Light Supply Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
more info and articles
The Light Fantastic by Dorothy Tanner
VERTIGO Art Space Exhibit
Dorothy Tanner & Mel Tanner Exhibit
Union Station Fund-Raiser for The Welcome Arch
Denver Arts Week:
Dorothy Tanner’s light sculptures make Lumonics glow
“This is one in a series of posts in honor of Denver Arts Week
that salute some of our favorite people and places on the arts scene.”
Amber Taufen, Denver Westword