Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery


Welcome to the Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery website. You will find info about upcoming events, the art of Dorothy Tanner, the art of Mel Tanner (1925-1993),  and the video art and music of Dorothy Tanner & Marc Billard.

photo collage courtesy of Jeanne Connelly, Denver Westword

“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




Dorothy Tanner Installation in the Black Box Gallery
Music and Video by DorothyTanner & Marc Billard

Museum of Outdoor Arts – MOA
Englewood, CO

“Reinventing the Image” Group Exhibition
Exhibit dates: Oct. 15 to Dec. 17

more info including videos

 Dorothy Tanner has created a Lumonics art installation downstairs at The Scarlet at 131 Main Street, Central City, CO.  Read Wendy L Pitton R’s blog below:


Destination: Art! – The Scarlet Venue – Music – Visual Arts – Healing Arts

What happens when you combine the healing arts with the visual arts and live music? An introduction into beauty, empowerment and contemplation begins. Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 8pm-4am, The Scarlet Venue, 131 Main Street in downtown Central City, Colorado will open its doors to a holistic level of healing and artistic expression that offers something for everyone, brought to you by 7 Healing Stars, Feyline and Colorado Concerts. The line-up includes:Random Rab and Templo just to name a few. Joining the expressive team for this event is Dorothy Tanner; light sculptor, installation artist and director of Tanner Studio/Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery of Denver
continue reading in ArtBeat Magazine




Kolorado’s  Freaker’s Ball
Halloween Night at The Scarlet in Central City
more info on the events page 





Enigma by Dorothy Tanner

 Quiet your mind. That’s the precedent when entering into the showroom of Dorothy Tanner, where the setting means everything. We all know what it is like to prepare your home or dining room for a special occasion. The seating, placement of flowers, the arrangement of everything is so important. This is entirely true of the configuration of creations within her studio.
Dorothy Tanner - Installation

Dorothy Tanner – Installation

It took two years before our life’s schedules would align for this interview. It was as if the stars knew that the setting wasn’t right until now. Her showroom is dark upon entry from the bright outdoors. It takes a few moments to begin seeing the colorful lighting around you as your eyes adjust. It takes a few moments more to grasp the beauty that surrounds you. Leave everything that you carry with you at the door; your uncertainty, your day of working that 9 to 5 job, because you have now entered into the serenity and positive light that is the artwork of a true legend.

When asked where she finds her inspiration, “I don’t find it… it finds me.”

Read the Full article available in fine book-stores and museums September  2016 or purchase your copy from our magazine section.



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 a 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…
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Arts District, Rocky Mountain PBS 

The “Arts District” (Rocky Mountain PBS) episode about Dorothy Tanner has been selected for airing on national PBS stations. It most recently aired on Milwaukee Public TV’s “The Arts Page. “

“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.



The Lumonics Light Brigade
Confluence Denver

Nonagenarian Denver artist Dorothy Tanner marches to the beat of her own drummer.
The sculptures at her Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery defy convention, fusing light and sound.
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by Jeanne Connelly

Third Eye_westword

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.



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artistarchive-dorothy2Dorothy Tanner, featured as Artist of the Week, Artwork Archive



Colleen Smith’s Interview with Dorothy Tanner
Colorado Expression Magazine
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Sandcastle (detail) by Dorothy Tanner


Colorado Public Radio
Staying Vital As Time Marches On:
Art Can Hold The Key
Ryan Warner’s 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. She’s been making art for more than 60 years.”


Creatures From Left Field by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center, 2015

A Light Journey at Denver International Airport,
Feb. 2014, May, 2014 DIA Exhibit

  Light Supply Exhibit at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
more info and articles

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 The Light Fantastic by Dorothy Tanner
VERTIGO Art Space Exhibit

Dorothy Tanner & Mel Tanner Exhibit
Union Station Fund-Raiser for The Welcome Arch

Dorothy Tanner collaborated with David Taylor, artistic director
and founder of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, to create light sculptures for the
world premiere of The Lady of the Lake, performed in the summer of 2015.

Additional Art Installations


Denver Arts Week:
Dorothy Tanner’s light sculptures make Lumonics glow

slimcat_mini3This 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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