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
Dorothy's 93rd/Open House
92-Year-Old Sculptor Illuminate Denver Gallery Through Holidays
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
Tanner, who lives
in Westminster, has been making art for more than 60 years, and says
she's never seriously considered retiring.
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DOROTHY TANNER ILLUMINATES
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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.
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 lakewood.org.
to escape the summertime heat—or never-ending rain? These five indoor
art exhibits can help.
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
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
the whole article:
Sketches: Five Shows in Denver
Sculptures by Dorothy Tanner
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.
Tanner's light sculptures make Lumonics glow
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
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
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.
Dates: June 25, 2011 February 25, 2012
of Outdoor Arts
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
Tanner's luminous sculptures light up the night at Vertigo
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 www.vertigoartspace.com
Excerpts from Pre-Colorado: Lumonics Installations, Gallery and Museum Exhibits
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
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."
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
"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
Art at its most up-to-date..."
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."
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.
Studio/Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery
800 E. 73 Ave. #11
Denver, CO 80229
PH 303.568.9406 ,