“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 collection has 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 or mailto. For a complete list of exhibits, please visit www.Lakewood.org/Exhibits. For more information about Tanner, visit www.dorothytanner.com
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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 lakewood.org.
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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.
“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.”
“WOW – LOVE THE WORK”
“Love it from Alaska!”
Photos of Some of the Creatures
Lester (left) and Jabbawocky (right)