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Menstrual Designer Jen Lewis at the Opening Reception of the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show in May. 

Dear Friends,

As we approach this holiday weekend, I hope my message finds you well and enjoying a great start to summer! We are certainly enjoying our first summer in the Mile High City. The weather is beautiful and there are so many outdoor activities besides hiking and biking. Who knew?! We are fortunate to be surrounded with ample art-related activities like weekly jazz concerts in City Park, First Friday art walks, multiple neighborhoods showing old movies on park lawns, and Chihuly Nights at the Botanical Gardens. In fact, Beauty in Blood will be featured in two art shows here in Denver this month! 

In other news below, you can read about the menstruation and reproductive justice themed art show that I am curating for the upcoming biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research as well as learn about the Robin Danielson Act (HR 4746) recently introduced to Congress by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This act is very important and only takes 5 minutes of your time to improve menstrual health research tremendously. Trust me, you want to know what's in your tampons and that they've been thoroughly researched.
Updates / Events

June Cycle. Creation in progress. We're busy experimenting with new techniques in the studio so stay tuned for new art!
See It Live.

CLOSING NEXT WEEK
Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
May 16 - July 12, 2014
Indiana University | Kinsey Institute
Bloomington, IN

If you have not yet visited the Kinsey Institute's 9th Annual Juried Art Show, make plans TODAY to do so! You will NOT be disappointed in the selection of thought-provoking visual art pertaining to issues of sex, gender, and reproduction created by 80 artists. The talent and skill deployed while grappling with such difficult and delicate subject matter is not to be missed! For more information, please visit The Kinsey Institute's website.

Can't make it to the show? No problem, all the works are available for viewing in the online gallery!
OPENING NEXT WEEK
Unleashed
July 11 - 27, 2014
The Annex at Core Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO

Opening Reception: July 11th 6 - 10 PM

Earlier this year, the Women's Caucus for Art - Colorado invited women artists from around the country to participate in a call for art entitled "Unleashed". They sought to curate a collection of artworks addressing "the theme of being released from entrenched opinions, issues, and methods of doing things; and to explore the challenge of finding alternative on our personal lives, larger surroundings and even the globe." Naturally, I thought Beauty in Blood was a great fit for such a theme and I am pleased to announce the juror agreed! Dr. Jennifer Garner, Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver made her selections from a field of 193 pieces, created by 70 artists, from 28 states, and ultimately chose 33 pieces, created by 30 artists, from 17 states. Dr. Garner writes "it was nice to see so many works from accomplished and experienced artists. The range of media, processes and styles of art making was so diverse and wonderful to look at…the work in this show represents entries that are rich in concept development, well crafted, visually intriguing, compositionally strong, and well presented."
RedHanded 7: RedSquare
June 6 - July 26, 2014
T Gallery | MODesTEA, 4415 West 43rd Avenue
Denver, CO

Curator Sharon Meriash and Juror Eric Matelski selected 25 artists, including Beauty in Blood, to participate in the 7th Annual RedHanded Art Show at the T Gallery in the Tennyson District. If you love the color red, then this is the show for you! For more information on gallery hours, please visit T Gallery's website.
Robin Danielson Act (HR-4746)                               ** ACTION REQUESTED **
Do you know what's in your tampons and pads? Did you know that menstrual management manufacturers ARE NOT required to disclose the materials or ingredients in their products nor test for safety? Are chlorine and dioxin chemicals you want close to your body? Me either so so let's do something about it!

Join me in writing to your House Representative today about the Robin Danielson Act (HR4746) that would require the National Institutes of Health to research whether menstrual hygiene products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other chemical additives like chlorine and fragrances, post health risks. Don't have the time to compose a letter? No worries, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research did the heavy lifting for us. Below you'll find a 'copy & paste' ready letter and three simple steps to TAKE ACTION.
  1. Figure out who your Representative in a few quick clicks at www.house.gov. Plug in your zip code in the Representative Finder located in the top right corner of the webpage.
  2. Select the envelope icon next to your Representative's photo to start a new email message or open the contact form.
  3. Copy & paste this letter. Feel free to edit if you feel particularly passionate! 
Thank you for your support and action!

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Dear Congressman / Congresswoman / Congressperson:     


I am writing to to urge your support and co-sponsorship of HR 4746, The Robin Danielson Act, that was recently introduced by your colleague, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.  The bill is aimed at providing better safety and health care for girls and women through more effective testing and public information about the quality of widely used menstrual health products. 

It is important to note that this bill does not involve controversial areas of women's health such as abortion or contraception.  Rather, it provides a means for members of Congress to address an important safety and health concern that affects virtually all girls and women between the ages of 13 and 50.  Simply, the act would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research whether menstrual hygiene products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other chemical additives like chlorine and fragrances, post health risks.

The bill has already been endorsed by a wide variety of women's, consumer, and environmental organizations, including the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research of which I am a member.

Should you desire more details about the intentions of the legislation or the positive ways to will help advance the safety and health needs of girls and women, I would be happy to provide more information.  Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing your views on the bill and hope that you will give it your full support.

Thank you for considering this request.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]
CURATORIAL DEBUT
Widening the Cycle - A Menstrual Art Exhibit

June 4-7, 2014
Suffolk University
Boston, MA

As you may recall, last summer I attended the Making Menstruation Matter Conference in New York City hosted by the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) and had an absolute blast with my menstrual colleagues. It was an educational and inspirational couple of the days that left me wanting to give back to SMCR. Because of my role as a menstrual designer, I proposed a menstrual art exhibit for the upcoming 2015 biennial conference "Menstrual Health And Reproductive Justice: Human Rights Across The Lifespan". SMCR loved the idea and exhibit planning is now in full swing! 

To learn more about the Call for Art for Widening the Cycle, including submission deadline, guidelines and eligibility, please visit our website.

If you know any women artists whose work addresses menstruation or reproductive justice, please share the Call for Art with them. I am seeking broad interpretations and multicultural perspectives on this theme from both emerging and experienced artists.
Notes from the Sales Floor
Look no further for original artwork that represents your values and politics! Now is your chance to purchase works of art that were on display earlier this year at the Feminist Art Conference and the Social Justice Art Festival. 
  • Coastline (10"w x 8"h) - Feb 2013
  • Thin Pink Line (10"w x 8"h) - Feb 2013 
  • The Perfect Cell (10"w x 8"h & 12"w x 8"h) - March 2013
  • Delicate Flower (12"w x 8"h) - May 2013 Cycle 1
  • Her Lips (8"w x 10"h) - May 2013 Cycle 1
  • Ripple (8"w x 10"h) - Jun 2013
  • Cotton Candy (8"w x 12"h) - Jul 2013

Email me today to add a piece of feminist art history to your personal collection! Don't forget if these pieces don't strike your fancy, we can custom print any work in our gallery and we are happy to ship internationally. 

All the bloody best,  

 


 
PS. If you dig the art, please share it.
 
Jen Lewis
Artist & Menstrual Designer
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