Award winning artist working with Aurora Sports Hall of Fame October 17, 2017

Aurora, ON, Friday, October 6 – The Aurora Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled to have acquired the creative services of local artist Paul Riley. Paul will be creating official portraits of the Hall of Fame’s inductees, emulating the commemoration of the most prestigious Halls of Fame in the country.

Copies of the portraits will be erected in the Hall of Fame in the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. The originals will be presented to this year’s inductees at the Hall’ of Fame’s Induction Celebration to be held at St. Andrew’s College on November 8th.

“When Paul reached out to us about the possibility of working with us, I was over the moon,” say Nancy Black, Executive Director, Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. “His work is beautiful and having our Honoured Members commemorated like they do at the Hockey Hall of Fame puts us in the big leagues. His portraits will improve the visual components of the actual Hall of Fame and will become treasured gifts for our Honoured Members and their families.”

“I’m very excited to be working with the Hall,” says Paul Riley. “Community involvement is very important to me, so to be able to create portraits for the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame is a perfect fit.”

About the artist

Paul has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. In addition to being the new portrait artist for the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame, he is also the portrait artist for the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Paul has worked extensively in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia as an animator, storyboard artist and series director in the film and television animation industry. He has won an Emmy and a Gemini along the way.

A graduate of Sheridan College’s world-renowned Classical Animation program, he also attended the Ontario College of Art and Design. Originally from Toronto, Paul now lives in Aurora, Ontario.

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About the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame

The Aurora Sports Hall of Fame was established in November, 2013 by Sport Aurora and with the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) celebrates sport history and excellence and is dedicated to the recognition of the important place that sport has assumed within the fabric of Aurora. Every person who values the contribution of sport to our community and country is a part of that commemoration. More information is at

For ASHOF media information, contact:

Melony Teague: (905) 773 0407

Mark Hunter LaVigne, MAJ, APR, FCPRS: (416) 884-2018

For ASHOF general information, contact:

Nancy Black (647) 632-6911