A few months later, Claire threw another Golden Girls-themed show. Then she organized exhibits centered on Britney Spears, Britney versus the Golden Girls, and pinup Bettie Page. She claims some of the art was priced as high as $100,000.

Early this year, 75-year-old Naomi Wilzig, owner of South Beach's World Erotic Art Museum, called Claire and invited her to stage "Golden Gals Gone Wild" at the southeastern tip of the nation's geographic version of a wang. So Claire asked artist friends to create some new work. They came up with 20 paintings and one Tiffany-style lamp that includes glass flowers made to look like each of the GGs' vaginas (by artist Life in Glass).

Last week, Claire showed me and about a dozen other people her wares at the opening of the exhibit. It fits well into the small Beach museum. The paintings aren't conventional, but many are hilarious.

One of them, by Gigi DeLuxe, a tattoo artist from Chicago, shows the ladies wearing nothing but flaming Satan horns and heart-shaped pasties.

Then we pass four small, eight-by-ten-inch oil nudes made by Chris Zimmerman, the artist Claire bought her original Bea Arthur nude from on eBay. They're Varga Girl-like — if Vargas had painted women in their 60s and 70s. My favorite Zimmerman piece shows Sophia — bony, naked, and smiling — as she stands a tad hunch-backed with her slightly sagging but still fetching breasts out front.

Zimmerman did a painting "of a nude Bea against leopard skin that sold for $2,500 at the L.A. show," Claire explains. "So I took him from being a $100 artist to a $2,500 artist."

Then we pass a photo of a six-foot-tall rendering of Rue McClanahan that mosaic portrait artist Jason Mecier showed at the L.A. exhibit. It's made entirely of condom wrappers, a hair pick, and to-go items from the Cheesecake Factory. All of the objects were found in the actress's garbage.

"I've got a great story about her," Claire says. "When I heard that she was having a signing for her book My First Five Husbands... And the Ones Who Got Away, I decided I wanted to get a picture of me and Rue posing next to my oil painting of Bea. So I brought it to the book signing and made a huge ruckus. Rue was not pleased when I told her my intentions, and said, 'That sounds like something Blanche would do, not something Rue would do.' I basically stole the spotlight from her, and I don't think she appreciated it."

Gee, Rue, way to thank someone for being your friend.

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