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"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."





Dorothy Tanner's "Creatures From Left Field " installation begins
Friday, June 5 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO.


Lester The Jester
(Plexiglas, Video, and LED lighting)
photo by Alecia Jensen




First Friday Open House
June 5


Mind's Eye by Dorothy Tanner

Visit Dorothy's studio to see the light sculptures she is working on for the upcoming ballet, "Lady of the Lake" to be performed by the fantastic Zikr Dance Ensemble, artistic director, David Taylor. "Lady of the Lake" premieres June 6 at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

“Remarkable nonagenarian Dorothy Tanner is still creating new illuminated works using acrylic, LED lights -- and sometimes water. This is a perfect chance to get into Tanner's work and visit her trippy Lumonics Studio.”
Susan Froyd, Arts & Culture Editor, Westword





Dorothy Tanner has created several light sculptures for the Zikr Dance Ensemble's "Lady of the Lake" which will be opening at the Lakewood Cultural Center on June 6 and 7 and at the Dairy Center in Boulder on June 12.

More info about Zikr Dance Ensemble and its artistic director, David Taylor



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The "Arts District" (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been selected to be available to national PBS stations for airing. It will next be seen on Milwaukee Public TV's "The Arts Page", hosted by Sandy Maxx, on May 28 and May 30 and then will be on their website. Here is the original program:


Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS

"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.





Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Colleen Smith, Colorado Expression Magazine

Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner



" A Light Journey" at Denver International Airport
Feb. 3, 2014 — May 3, 2014

DIA Exhibit


Selected works of Dorothy Tanner
Light Supply Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
more info and articles
Virtual Tour

Vertigo Art Space Exhibit

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



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