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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... read more




Jan, 26, 2016

Dorothy Tanner, Lumonics


Dorothy's 93rd/Open House

By Brad Weismann

Dorothy Tanner will be 93 soon. Tanner is still making art, and her birthday has been merged with an open house on January 30 at her Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery. Friends and well-wishers, including several musicians, will be there to celebrate her long and productive life.

Tanner and her late husband, Mel, pioneered ideas in environmental/installation art, using synesthetic, multi-modal concepts that incorporate light, sculpture, water, music, projections, electronics and more. Tanner continues to craft pieces with collaborator Marc Billard, despite recent struggles with glaucoma and macular degeneration.

“Norman Broomhall and John Gonzales will be getting together and playing again as hi frontier,” says organizer Barry Raphael, describing their work as ambient; Jordan Baumgardner will be there as well, singing and playing guitar. And there will be face painting.

Surrounded by her works, including a slew from last year's Creatures From Left Field show at the Lakewood Cultural Center, Tanner should light up the night. The party runs from 8 to 11 p.m., at Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 East 73rd Avenue, Unit 11. For more information, go to





Works By 92-Year-Old Sculptor Illuminate Denver Gallery Through Holidays
BY STEPHANIE WOLF ON 12/15/2015 - 7:30AM -

Driving around Denver this time of year, there´s no shortage of holiday lights. At Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, the space is lit up brighter than a Christmas tree nearly all year round. The Denver studio is dedicated to the work of sculptor Dorothy Tanner. The 92-year-old artist works with light, using materials like Plexiglas to bend and blend vibrant rays of color.

A new exhibition of her work is now on display at Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery through Dec. 30.

Tanner, who lives in Westminster, has been making art for more than 60 years, and says she's never seriously considered retiring.

"I like playing with stuff," Tanner told CPR News last June. "So why would I stop?"

Listen to the full interview which originally aired June 10.



by Jeanne Connelly


Dorothy Tanner House Tour

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.



Dorothy Tanner's sculptures are at the Lakewood Community Center. (Provided by Lakewood Community Center)

Visual Art/Dance: Looking at—and dancing with—light sculptures
By Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post

Through June 30: Artist Dorothy Tanner is known for working in acrylic, a modern material that she imbues with timeless qualities through the addition of LED lights. Her sculptures, ranging from abstract shapes to, more recently, anthropomorphic figures, glow with a warm familiarity. Tanner's new works come together for the exhibit "Creatures from Left Field" at the Lakewood Cultural Center. They'll also serve as hand-held props for Zikr Dance Ensemble's "Lady of the Lake," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the center. The exhibit, through June 30, is free. Tickets for the dance are $16-$28. Lakewood Cultural Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. 303-987-7000 or


Ready to escape the summertime heat—or never-ending rain? These five indoor art exhibits can help.

BY DALIAH SINGER, senior associate editor, 5280 Magazine

Creatures From Left Field Installation by Dorothy Tanner,
June 4–30, Lakewood Cultural Center

For the first time, acclaimed sculptor Dorothy Tanner's [Creatures] light sculptures are being exhibited as an exclusive installation. (The artist moved her studio to Denver in 2008.) The free-standing sculptures and wall hangings are crafted from acrylic and LED lights.

Bonus: Tanner is collaborating with David Taylor, artistic director and choreographer of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, on a ballet entitled The Lady of the Lake, which will premiere on June 6; the dancers will carry hand-held light sculptures made by the artist.


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. Now 92, she's been making art for more than 60 years.

Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner

"DOROTHY TANNER, an artist still creating past the age of 90, is featured in 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


Link to the whole article:



Gallery Sketches: Five Shows in Denver
for the Weekend of September 5-7

by Susan Froyd, Arts & Culture Editor at Westword

New Light Sculptures by Dorothy Tanner
Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery
Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m.
First Friday

Remarkable nonagenarian Dorothy Tanner is still creating new illuminated works using acrylic, LED lights -- and sometimes water. Says the 91-year-old Tanner: "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 under way by just playing." This is a perfect chance to get into Tanner's work and visit her trippy Lumonics Studio.

" A Light Journey" at Denver Interantional 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


The Rocky Mountain PBS program, Arts District, featuring Dorothy Tanner aired on July 25th, July 28th, and July 31. Here is the YouTube clip of the segment.

Dorothy Tanner on Arts District


You can also view the video on the Rocky Mountain PBS website




Thanks to EPIC Colorado Magazine for featuring Dorothy Tanner in the Spring, 2013 issue. The article is called "Electricity at Play: An Illuminating Conversation with Sculptor Dorothy Tanner" by Kelsey McMaster.



Dorothy Tanner's light sculptures make Lumonics glow
by Amber Taufen, Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
Denver Westword Blogs

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.

If you've been by Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, then you already know it's unlike any other gallery in the city. Artist Dorothy Tanner sculpts amazing, impossible-to-describe works featuring light as a main component; the gallery also plays host to events that include music, weekly yoga classes, meditation, Chinese Qigong, and workshops on expanding your consciousness.
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Visual Arts
Light Supply, Museum of Outdoor Arts

Light-focused exhibits are all the rage at galleries this summer, but the Museum of Outdoor Arts is mixing the theme up a bit for its 30th anniversary. Alongside light sculptures and projections by 13 local and national artists, the exhibit features an original soundscape created by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mickey Houlihan.



Light Supply Daily from Sat., June 25 until Sat., February 25

Let There Be Light
Susan Froyd
Artists from the metro area and across the nation will all be represented in Light Supply, a new offering opening today at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, which joins other local museums (the spring exhibit Blink! at the DAM and the MCA´s current show, Another Victory Over the Sun) in celebrating the use of light in art. Light Supply will naturally have its own personality, as does MOA director Cynthia Madden Leitner´s private labor of love in the Englewood City Center.

“It just seems to be the theme of the year,” says the museum´s Tim Vacca of the exhibit, for which 90 percent of the venues lighting has been blocked to better showcase the glowing sculptures and wall pieces by such artists as Collin Parson, Jen Lewin, Andy Miller, Dorothy and Mel Tanner and others. But, he adds, the overall effect will be inviting: “You´ll see the glowing lights and be drawn into the gallery.” Or outdoors: MOA Wizard-in-Residence Lonnie Hanzon also created a gouache billboard installation with a video element that will light up the museum´s sculpture garden every evening.

Light Supply opens today at the MOA, 1000 Englewood Parkway, with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m., and continues through next February. For details, go to or call 303-806-0444.



The light sculptures of Dorothy Tanner and Mel Tanner have been selected to be in The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA)'s exhibit, Light Supply.

Exhibition Dates: June 25, 2011 — February 25, 2012
Opening reception: June 25, 2011

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110

On June 25th MOA will open Light Supply, a multi-media exhibition incorporating the talents of 10 artists working with light and sound. Light Supply will feature local, and national artists and a variety of works ranging from light sculpture and projections, to immersive indoor and outdoor light environments. Light Supply will also include an outdoor installation in the Englewood sculpture garden corridor, which will run through the end of the year to usher in the third annual Hudson Holiday light show.

Light Supply is a synthesis of light and sound and will feature the work of artists Corwin Bell, Virginia Folkestad, Lonnie Hanzon, Ali Hossaini, Jen Lewin, Andy Miller, Collin Parson, Charles Ross, Daihei Shibata, and Dorothy Tanner. Grammy award winner, Mickey Houlihan of Wind over the Earth will create an original soundscape for the remastered Color of Sound exhibition in MOA´s sound gallery.

MOA has been exploring the use of light as an art medium for almost a decade, and will celebrate 30 years of art in process with this inventive show.

excerpted from news release



Dorothy Tanner's luminous sculptures light up the night at Vertigo
by Ben Dayton, Denver Westword Blogs
Sat., Oct. 16 2010

It was third Friday-time again last night, and at Vertigo Art Space, that means artist reception time. Though not as crazy as the first Friday gallery openings on Sante Fe, third Friday receptions often provide a more intimate and focused evening for art fans. Last night, Dorothy Tanner hosted her solo show, The Light Fantastic from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 960 Santa Fe Drive.

Tanner's free-standing sculptures and wall hangings use acrylic and LED lights as main ingredients to create luminous experiences for the viewer. Of her work she says, "I create environments that make people high, which I like since getting high has been one of my principle occupations in life."

Of course, she's right at home here in the Mile High City. Tanner recommends viewing the artworks in the evening so as to "experience the effect of light on the walls, people and the total space."

The show will be on view through November 13th, and if you didn't get a chance to make it out last night to say hi, make sure you at least cruise down Sante Fe drive, between 9th and 10th avenues one of these evening soon to catch a glimpse of the glowing sculptures through Vertigo's large front windows. It will be a sight to see.

For more information visit



Excerpts from Pre-Colorado: Lumonics Installations, Gallery and Museum Exhibits

"The key to so much of the art of Lumonics [is] light. The studio's founders, Dorothy Tanner and her late husband, Mel, use light and acrylic the way painters use oil and canvas — as a primary medium for artistic expression."
Michael Mills, New Times Broward Palm Beach

"If inner space is the last frontier, then Mel and Dorothy Tanner are its pioneers. They create an aesthetic experience unlike any other. A walk through the Lumonics Gallery is a bit like a tour of some futuristic spaceship. The plastic sculptures blink, drip, turn and glow. Like the Wizard of Oz behind a curtain, they create a separate reality."
Barbara Marshall, Broward Close-up, Channel 2 (WPBT Public TV)

"Think of Dorothy and Mel Tanner as modern-day Timothy Learys. Their sound-and light-filled habitat, a Disneyland for the brain, is the only mind-altering substance they offer. Drop in, tune out, and turn on. The Tanners will take you to anywhere your brain desires."
Tracie Cone, Miami Herald
* Tracie Cone, Pulitzer Prize recepient, is now the publisher of The Pinnacle News in the San Jose, CA area.

"If you are stumped as to what to do Saturday night, consider spending a visually stimulating, thoroughly entertaining, mind-expanding evening at Lumonics. Art and technology meet to create a veritable shrine to the future's possibility. It is a timely vision we should not fail to see." Alex Loret de Molac, New Miami Magazine

"As much as I relish the whole performance aspect of Lumonics, I welcome anything that expands the audience for the individual artworks in all their marvelous diversity.The art of Lumonics is first and foremost an experiential art. That's only as it should be." Michael Mills, art writer, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
excerpted from introduction to Art of Lumonics (Coral Springs Museum), Coral Springs, FL

"Imagine walking into another 'civilization' where verbal communication is kept limited and visual and audio communications are allowed to roam freely. This idea has come to life at Lumonics." The Chariot, Taravella High School, Coral Springs, FL

"You've heard of Pop Art, Op Art, and Kinetic Art. Mel and Dorothy Tanner create what could be called 'Wow Art'. In truth, the Tanners do have a better term for their acrylic sculptures: 'Lumonics.' " Skip Sheffield, Boca Raton Daily News

"Contemporary Art at its most up-to-date..."
Millie Wolff, Palm Beach Daily News

"So what is it like? Words are inadequate; it is, after all, a non-verbal experience. Suffice it to say that emotions and the imagination are exercised in ways rarely experienced in everyday life."
Eric Furry, Sweet Potato, Bangor, Maine


Broward Closeup, a program co-hosted by Barbara Marshall and Bill Kurtiss on public television station WPBT in South Florida, featured Ms. Marshall interviewing artists Dorothy and Mel Tanner at their location in Fort Lauderdale, comprised of their art studios and the Lumonics Light and Sound Theatre, their multi-media expression. This originally was aired in 1987, six years before the passing of Mel Tanner. Dorothy Tanner currently presents The Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery at her studio in Denver, CO.



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

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