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Rena Reisman, prominent local visual artist

Rena Reisman, prominent local visual artist

May 17, 1935 - March 18, 2014

Rena Reisman, a well- known visual artist in Buffalo, died Tuesday in her Williamsville home after a brief illness. She was 78.

Born Rena Estry in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in art education from Daemen College and a master’s degree in art education from Buffalo State College. She also studied at Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

Mrs. Reisman worked out of her studio in Tri-Main Center. For many years, she has been recognized for her abstract naturalistic landscapes. In more recent years, her focus was on collage.

Her works have been exhibited in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Anderson Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Big Orbit Gallery and others.

She drew from her travels, her love of Native American art and Middle Eastern influences.

She received several awards from the Buffalo Society of Artists and participated in many juried shows and exhibitions.

Mrs. Reisman served on the boards at the Buffalo Society of Artists, the Roswell Park Art Alliance and the Holocaust Resource Center.

She was a member of Congregation Havurah and Temple Beth Zion.

Her husband of 58 years, Dr. Robert Reisman, died in 2012.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanne, Linda and Nancy; a son, David; a sister, Janet Gross; and three grandchildren.

Services were Thursday in Temple Beth Zion.

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