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Temple fundraiser a peach of an image

Florence S. Prisant, an Albany artist, has donated an original mixed media painting to Temple B’nai Israel as a fundraiser for the synagogue’s operations and philanthropic projects. Titled “Peach Orchard,” the painting measures 37 x 31 inches including the frame.

Florence S. Prisant, an Albany artist, has donated an original mixed media painting to Temple B’nai Israel as a fundraiser for the synagogue’s operations and philanthropic projects. Titled “Peach Orchard,” the painting measures 37 x 31 inches including the frame.

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ALBANY — A peach orchard was so striking to Albany artist Florence S. Prisant that she had to paint it. And now that image will help Temple B’Nai Israel fund some of its programs.

Prisant has donated the original mixed media painting, titled “Peach Orchard,” to the Temple as a fundraiser for the synagogue’s operations and philanthropic projects. The painting will be raffled Saturday (Oct. 27)

“Peach Orchard” measures 37 by 31 inches including the frame and was inspired by an image Prisant saw when she was leaving a wedding reception in Dawson.

“The image was esthetically striking and stuck with me,” she said, “so I painted it.”

Prisant is a versatile artist who works in oils, watercolors and pastels and is accomplished in enameling, as well as painting and drawing. She taught art lessons in her home studio for 35 years and one of her students was local artist David Lanier.

Prisant was an art student for many years, receiving lessons from accomplished artists in New York and throughout the Southeastern United States.

The raffle tickets are $25 each and include the dessert reception that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple, 3917 Gillionville Road, Albany. Prisant will draw the winning raffle ticket and the winner does not have to be present.

“We want everyone to have an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket and if you cannot be with us and your ticket is the winner, we will call you right away,” Prisant said.

To purchase a chance to win “Peach Orchard,” call the office of Temple B’nai Israel at (229) 446-6536.