Lumonics Mind Spa by Dorothy Tanner at The Scarlet

Something exciting is happening in the heart of Central City, CO: the opening of the new venue, The Scarlet, located at 130 Main Street. On Friday, Oct 14, the 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center, Colorado Concerts and Feyline present international musical performers Govinda and Kaminanda and Special Guests, and features an art installation by Denver-based artist Dorothy Tanner.

Each event at The Scarlet will offer Hypnotherapy, Reiki, yoga, and massage, and feature live painters. Refreshments include healthy snacks, cold-pressed organic juices, kombucha, beer, Colorado wine, and expresso coffee. The event is from 8 pm to 3 am. Pre-sale tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at: For more information, call 720-333-6209.

An hour’s drive from Denver and adjacent to the City of Black Hawk, The Scarlet, a former casino which had been vacant for the past 10 years, will be hosting music concerts, keynote speakers, forums, conventions, workshops, retreats and world-renowned artists.

Downstairs at The Scarlet, Dorothy Tanner’s the Lumonics Mind Spa can be utilized for relaxation and meditation, utilizing the benefits of light and sound and multi-sensory stimulation on one’s well-being. The Mind Spa is available to everyone on event nights, and includes a pyramid installation equipped with special goggles in which you close your eyes to see colors and shapes created by your own mind.

The 4 floors of The Scarlet are a work in progress by Dorothy Tanner, who began the installation downstairs with the mind spa, hanging luminal wall sculptures by her late husband, Mel Tanner (1925-2003) and includes some of the early light sculptures co-created by The Tanners. Additional Lumonics atmospherics and video are created by Tanner/Billard (Tanner Studio associate, Marc Billard).

The Oct. 14 event at The Scarlet coincides with the upcoming exhibit of Dorothy Tanner at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) in Englewood, CO. It is a group show entitled Reinventing the Image which is opening on Saturday, Oct. 15 (reception 6pm-9pm) through Dec. 23. Dorothy’s installation is called Reinventing the Image with Light and includes many of her latest light sculptures.
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Govinda and Kaminanda at The Scarlet in Central City


Govinda and Kaminanda at The Scarlet in Central City on Friday, Oct 14 + Dorothy Tanner’s Lumonics Mind Spa, holistic healers, and live painters make for a formidable evening to treasure in your memory bank. 🙂

Big shout-out to event producers: 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center, Colorado Concerts and Feyline.

The Scarlet
131 Main Street
Central City, Colorado 80427

Bridget Riley in the mid 1960smid 1960s

Focusing isn’t just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.

If you can allow colour to breathe, to occupy its own space, to play its own game in its unstable way, it’s wanton behaviour, so to speak. It is promiscuous like nothing.

The word ‘paradox’ has always had a kind of magic for me, and I think my pictures have a paradoxical quality, a paradox of chaos and order in one.

I learned from Seurat this important thing about colour and light, that ‘a light’ can be built from colour. I learned a great deal about interaction, that ‘a blue’ in different parts will play all sorts of different roles.

It is important that the painting can be inhabited, so that the mind’s eye, or the eye’s mind, can move about it credibly.

Bridget Riley,  born April 24, 1931 in Norwood, London

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There was a time when meanings were focused and reality could be fixed; when that sort of belief disappeared, things became uncertain and open to interpretation.

It was only after I had been out of the art school that I actually copied a small Seurat, and I copied it in order to follow his thought, because if you do copy an artist, and you have a close feeling for him, in fact that you need to know more about his work, there is no better way than actually to copy, because you get very close indeed to how somebody thinks.

I work on two levels. I occupy my conscious mind with things to do, lines to draw, movements to organize, rhythms to invent. In fact, I keep myself occupied. But that allows other things to happen which I’m not controlling… the more I exercise my conscious mind, the more open the other things may find that they can come through.
Bridget Riley

No painter, dead or alive, has ever made us more aware of our eyes than Bridget Riley. Robert Melville, 1971

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Pause – Bridget Riley 1964 – Emulsion on board 115.5×116

Bridget Riley - Cataract 3


James Turrell, born May 6, 1943

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“We eat light, drink it in through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically. I like feeling the power of light and space physically because then you can order it materially. Seeing is a very sensuous act-there’s a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something.”

“My work is about your seeing. There is a rich tradition in painting of work about light, but it is not light — it is the record of seeing. My material is light, and it is responsive to your seeing.”

“Science strives for answers, but art is happy with a good question.”

Kenneth Noland (April 10, 1924 – Jan 5, 2010)

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“There are two things that go on in art. There’s getting to the essential material and a design that’s inherent in the use of material, and also an essential level of expressiveness, a precise way of saying something rather than a complicated way.”

“We tend to discount a lot of meaning that goes on in life that’s non-verbal. Color can convey a total range of mood and expression, of one’s experience in life, without having to give it descriptive or literary qualities.”

“I knew what a circle could do. Both eyes focus on it. It stamps itself out, like a dot. This, in turn, causes one’s vision to spread, as in a mandala in Tantric art.”

“Artists are mechanics who work with their hands, making things. One of my grandfathers was a blacksmith, and all the plumbers and carpenters and electricians, people who did things with their hands, thought of themselves as artists because they were good at doing things. They were proud of their making things.”

“You see things out of the corner of your mind or the corner of your eye that affect you just as strongly as things that you focus on, if not more so.”

“When you look at a great painting it’s like a conversation. It has questions for you. It raises questions in you.. .Being an artist is about discovering things after you’ve done them. Like Cézanne – after twenty years of that mountain [Mont St. Victoire] he found out what he was doing. If it isn’t a process of discovery, it shows. I’m in it for the long haul.”

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Image result for kenneth nolandKenneth Noland with some of his artworks at his studio, in a photograph taken in the 1960s.
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Kenneth Noland – ‘Lunar Episode’ (1958) |

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