"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."






The Art & Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) is pleased to present a light art exhibition for passengers and airport visitors to experience at the Art Gallery on level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal beginning in February and concluding in early May. The exhibition titled, A Light Journey, features works by local artists Dorothy Tanner and the late Mel Tanner of Denver-based Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery.

The exhibition is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes free- standing and wall-mounted light sculptures. Most of the work is powered with LED lighting elements. While each sculpture stands alone as an artistic expression, Dorothy's interest is to integrate the works into a total environment - installations that express a powerful visual and emotional sensibility.



photo by Laura Coale, Dir. of Media Relations, Denver International Airport

91-year-old Artist Dorothy Tanner from Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery was interviewed by 9NEWS (KUSA) Kirk Montgomery on Friday, March 14. You can see her art at 4 p.m. on t.v. Here's some more info about her art exhibit.



Slide Show of "A Light Journey" at DIA
Slide Show of "A Light Journey" at Denver International Airport
courtesy of 9News




(Photo of Logo by Dorothy Tanner: KUSA)

KUSA - You might not think of art when you think of Denver International Airport, but level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal is home to a temporary art gallery. The exhibition titled A Light Journey features works from local artist Dorothy Tanner and her late husband Mel of the Denver-based Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery. The exhibit includes free standing, pedestal and wall mounted light sculptures. Most of them are powered with LED lighting elements. Dorothy, who is 91, is thrilled people can stop in and chill out before taking a flight. "Particularly in this type of environment to have a sanctuary is a good thing, and is gratifying when I see it happening," she said. The gallery opened in February and runs through May. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about her work, click www.lumonics.net




February 2014

Seeing the Light
Enter a dark space and be mesmerized by light and color. A Light Journey, a new exhibition at DIA's art gallery on Level 5 of Terminal West, is expression in light. The exhibition's light sculptures, which are freestanding and wall-mounted, have bright colors (mostly powered with LED lighting elements) and are set off by a totally black room—and they are dazzling. The journey in the exhibition title perhaps refers more to the artists' sojourn through the creative process than to an excursion of light itself. After all, light travels at a speed of 186,282 miles per second, so light from these sculptures reaches viewers' eyes in less than a nanosecond. Or maybe the title comments on the journey that viewers take as they move from one light sculpture to another and experience the pieces visually and perhaps viscerally and intellectually. read more



"DOROTHY TANNER, an artist still creating past the age of 90, is featured in the new issue of Colorado Expression Magazine (April/May). She's one of the most amazing people I've ever interviewed. Catch her current show at Denver International Airport: Like her light sculptures, she's colorful and brilliant!"
Colleen Smith

Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner




The Rocky Mountain PBS program, Arts District, featured Dorothy in 2013.

"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.

Rocky Mountain PBS website

To be on the list for the next open house:


photo by Jeff Nass
courtesy of EPIC Colorado Magazine, Spring 2013
story by Kelsey McMaster
other photos by Ms. McMaster




if you are planning an event like a workshop, meeting, performance,
birthday party or other type of celebration




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

more info and articles

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

Vertigo Art Space Exhibit: 2010

pictures and media coverage from Dorothy Tanner's exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space, September to December, 2010


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 light)
photo by Alecia Jensen





Mind's Eye



Alien Princess

Alien Princess




Dorothy Tanner Bio
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Google Art Project:
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