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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."




First Friday Open House
April 3

Messenger by Dorothy Tanner

“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

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Saturday, April 4
7:30-9:30 pm

Join us at Lumonics for a Special Preview and Gala
in celebration of the Zikr Dance Ensemble's 2015 Season!
This is a free Preview and Fundraising gala, with a
silent auction, refreshments and a performance by Zikr Dance Ensemble
Artistic Director David Taylor

Dorothy Tanner is working with David Taylor on the set design for "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.

RSVP to or call 303-884-1910

More info about Zikr Dance Ensemble





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
Thank you to Tim Vacca, Exhibitions Coordinator of the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport for all of his assistance during the exhibit which featured the light sculptures of Dorothy Tanner and Dorothy's late husband, Mel Tanner (1925-1993).

DIA Exhibit



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.








Selected works of Dorothy Tanner
and Mel Tanner were part of the Light
Supply Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts

June 25, 2011 - February 25, 2012

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Virtual Tour


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."

by Amber Taufen, Denver Westword


Art Installations

Lumonics Light & Sign Gallery, Denver
Edgezones Art Center, Miami
Modernism Show, Denver, 2009
Residential Installation, Arvada, CO



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

Dorothy Tanner Bio and Photos


Tanner Studio/Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery
800 E. 73 Avenue #11
Denver, CO 80229
PH 303.568.9406

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