Two Tuesdays ago, Nancy opened her studio to the ladies of the MCA's Northshore Affiliates. It was quite comical watching all fifty-five of them file into her 1000sq ft studio. There they gathered around the large work table in the middle of the room and Nancy began to tell them stories of her making work for Grace and Frankie and what it's like being a Jewish artist who works out of a studio in an ultra Orthodox neighborhood, i.e., how the Chabad meets Hollywood.
One of these stories that Nancy didn't tell because she had "so many stories so little time" was about a painting of a vagina that she had made for season 2 of G&F. At the time Nancy was in her studio making paintings of vaginas that Frankie was going to use as a mock up for her product line of lubricants made from yams.
In our previous blog posts, we have mentioned how Nancy is a unique staple of an otherwise devoutly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood with the Chabad school just a block and a half down the street. Nancy's door is always open to visitors and one day, an orthodox family comprised of two young boys and their mother came in to look around.
Imagine what could be going on in a little boy's head while his mother and the artist are chatting about the other work in the studio. Children are wildly attracted color and this child was particularly into one painting of Nancy's.
At this point, she had sent all of the other paintings of vaginas to Hollywood except one that was blue and green and abstract. This boy of five looked at the painting of the vagina and said, "Wow, that's such a beautiful feather!" and that is how the Chabad meets Hollywood in a way. That's how Nancy likes to describe the intersection of her life and the work that she makes for the show.
The Northshore ladies found Nancy's other stories hilarious and one woman told her that she should do stand up! Which is so right on, by the way. So, we thought we'd share that one just as a thank you.
The ladies were touring others artist's studios in the area, so, after a couple of stories and laughs, the ladies were taken next door to our neighbor's office which we had turned into an exhibition of works from Grace and Frankie that were either seen on the show or left on the cutting-room floor.
Nancy really enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful women that came through that day and hopes to continue staying in touch.