Staying Vital As Time Marches On: Art Can Hold The Key

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. Now 92, she’s been making art for more than 60 years. With her late husband, Mel Tanner, she added sound and music to the illuminated artwork, creating a psychedelic experience they called “Lumonics.”

Tanner now lives in Westminster and owns a studio in Denver. An exhibition of her work is on display through the end of the month at the Lakewood Cultural Center. She says she’s never seriously considered retiring. “I like playing with stuff,” Tanner says, “So why would I stop?”


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