Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992)   Leave a comment

When I was sick they moved me to a room with a window and suddenly through the window I saw two fir trees in a park, and the grey sky, and the beautiful grey rain, and I was so happy. It has something to do with being alive. I could see the pine trees, and I felt I could paint. If I could see them, I felt I would paint a painting.


My painting is not an allegory or a story. It is more like a poem.


I have often questioned, ”Did I do that?” on seeing a painting of mine unexpectedly in some place. It has become disconnected. Once they leave the studio, they go and it is another sort of abandonment… …


 - Sunflowers are something I feel very intensively. They look so wonderful when young and they are so moving when are dying. I don’t like fields of sunflowers. I like them alone or, of course, painted by Van Gogh.


Pop Art, Op Art, Flop Art and Slop Art… …I fall into the last two categories
Joan Mitchell


Posted March 25, 2014 by b-ray in Art

Arshile Gorky (April 15, 1904 – July 21, 1948)   Leave a comment

Sometimes I’m working on fifteen or twenty pictures at the same time. I do that because I want to – because I like to change my mind so often. The thing to do is always to keep starting to paint, never finishing painting. (1947)

The stuff of thought is the seed of the artist. Dreams form the bristles of the artist’s brush. As the eye functions as the brain’s sentry, I communicate my innermost perceptions through the art, my worldview.

You know how fussy and particular I am in painting. I am ever removing the paint and repainting the spot until I am completely exhausted.

 I don’t even like to talk about painting. It is impossible to talk about painting because I don’t know what it is. If I knew what it was I would get out a patent and then no one else would be able to paint.

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.”

― Arshile Gorky (April 15, 1904 – July 21, 1948)

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Posted March 25, 2014 by b-ray in Art

“A Light Journey” at Denver International Airport Art Gallery   Leave a comment

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We are happy to announce that Dorothy Tanner’s installation, “A Light Journey,” at the Denver International Airport Art Gallery is now open to the public. The exhibit also includes luminal wall sculptures by Dorothy’s late husband, Mel (1925-1993). Dorothy T. and Marc Billard created the music for the exhibition. You can visit the Northwest section of The West Terminal (Level 5) without going through security and it will be open 24/7. Big thank you to Tim Vacca, the Exhibitions Coordinator of the Art and Culture Program, for all of his assistance and for the fantastic graphics he created to accompany the artworks.




Written by Justin Burns, Aviation World

Dorothy Tanner’s “A Light Journey” was just featured in the Feb. 2014 newsletter of the Denver International Airport.

The journey in the exhibition title perhaps refers more to the artists’ sojourn through the creative process than to an excursion of light itself. After all, light travels at a speed of 186,282 miles per second, so light from these sculptures reaches viewers’ eyes in less than a nanosecond.

Or maybe the title comments on the journey that viewers take as they move from one light sculpture to another and experience the pieces visually and perhaps viscerally and intellectually.




The Art & Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) is pleased to present a light art exhibition for passengers and airport visitors to experience at the Art Gallery on level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal beginning in February and concluding in early May. The exhibition titled, A Light Journey, features works by local artists Dorothy Tanner and the late Mel Tanner of Denver-based Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery.

 The exhibition is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes free- standing and wall-mounted light sculptures. Most of the work is powered with LED lighting elements. While each sculpture stands alone as an artistic expression, Dorothy’s interest is to integrate the works into a total environment – installations that express a powerful visual and emotional sensibility.

Thanks to the the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport.9news_kirk
91-year-old Artist Dorothy Tanner from Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery was interviewed by 9NEWS (KUSA) Kirk Montgomery on Friday, March 14. You can see her art at 4 p.m. on t.v! Here’s some more info about her art exhibit:
Photos of Tanner Art by 9NEWS

James Joyce (February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941)   Leave a comment

“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.”



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Posted February 2, 2014 by b-ray in Photography

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Walter Mosley, born Jan. 12, 1952   Leave a comment



I think that people don’t know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, ‘I know how to hire someone.’


Posted January 12, 2014 by b-ray in Uncategorized

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Jerry Wexler (Jan 10, 1917 – Aug 15, 2008)   1 comment


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“Music industry legend Jerry Wexler, who came up with the phrase, Rhythm and Blues for Billboard charts, kick-started the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and helped bring Stax-Volt to international success while a partner at Atlantic Records, has died at the age of 91 at his home in Siesta Key, Fla.”

“As a writer for Billboard in 1948, Wexler helped destroy the prevailing American musical apartheid by eschewing the term “race records” in favour of his own-minted rhythm’n’blues.

Ronnie Hawkins, born Jan 10, 1935   Leave a comment


“This band played the fastest, most violent rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever heard. It was very exciting and very explosive. I loved the dynamics, the style. Anyway, it was just the way they looked. How young they were. They weren’t as young as me but they were pretty young so I could relate to that. And Ronnie was like this animal, lunging around with one arm hanging down, being very neanderthal about it, very primitive about it. I liked it a lot.”
Robbie Robertson
on seeing The Hawks perform for the first time, before joining.

When I was traveling in Canada with a friend who shared a great love for music back in the 20th Century,we went to the club Ronnie Hawkins owned in Toronto, and had a great time chatting with him. When we asked him to play one of his songs, “Mary Lou,” he said even the guys in his band don’t know that one.


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