Lakewood Cultural Center

“Creatures from Left Field” by Dorothy Tanner
Lakewood Cultural Center
June 4 to June 30, 2015

May 27, 2015
“Creatures From Left Field”
A sculpture display by Dorothy Tanner on display now at the Lakewood Cultural Center
June 4-30
Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division is delighted to host this unique exhibit showcasing the work of internationally acclaimed sculptor Dorothy Tanner. “Creatures from Left Field,” which features fanciful light sculptures, marks the first time the collectionhas ever been presented and assembled as an exclusive installation.

Tanner’s free-standing sculptures and wall hangings use acrylic and LED lights as main ingredients to create luminous experiences for the viewer. Originally from New York, Tanner developed her own studio brand, “Lumonics,” which has found homes in California, Maine and Florida. In 2008, Tanner and her team of technicians relocated her studio from south Florida to Denver. Locally, her work has been featured at Denver International Airport, Museum of Outdoor Art and VERTIGO Art Space on Santa Fe Drive. “Light has the power to create, define and solidify, or leave in shadow that which we believe to be real,” said Tanner.

Tanner is currently collaborating with Lakewood Cultural Center regular David Taylor, artistic director and choreographer of the Zikr Dance Ensemble, on the “Lady of the Lake” ballet whereby she created a series of hand-held light sculptures for the dancers. The ballet will premiere at the Lakewood Cultural Center on Saturday, June 6.

This exhibit is free and open to the public in the Corner Gallery at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and Alameda). Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Please join us for a free opening reception
from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. For more information, please contact Lorene Joos,
arts programming curator, at 303-987-7844 . For a complete list of exhibits, please visit For more information about Tanner visit
Allison Scheck


Dorothy Tanner's sculptures are at the Lakewood Community Center. Image provided by Lakewood Community Center.

Messenger by Dorothy Tanner


Visual Art/Dance: Looking at—and dancing
with—light sculptures

By Ray Mark Rinaldi ,The Denver Post

Through June 30, 2015: 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


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.”



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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
, which will premiere on June 6; the dancers will carry hand-held light
sculptures made by the artist.



“My husband and I both loved your work! Colorful, fanciful, mysterious,
so imaginative in design and exquisite in construction — it was just
stunning. Since then, I’ve looked at your website, listened to the Colorado
Matters interview with you, and become even more amazed by your lifetime
of creativity. Needless to say, I now want to visit your Lumonics Gallery
as soon as possible.”
Lisa D.

“Love it from Alaska!”
 “Fun, beautiful!”



Photos of Some of the Creatures

Lester (left) and Jabbawocky (right)









Alien Princess