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ADAM PORT CHOSEN TO PAINT OFFICIAL ARTWORK FOR GATHERING OF MORE THAN 50 NFL HALL OF FAMERS WELCOMING JERRY RICE TO THEIR FOLD


New York, January 28, 2010  – Celebrated artist Adam Port has been chosen to paint the official artwork for a gathering of more than 50 NFL Hall of Famers, for a three-day appearance in San Jose, CA on February 19-21 to welcome new Hall of Famer Jerry Rice into the mix.

Port, who was also chosen to paint the official artwork for the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies (the “Michael Jordan year”), has emerged as one of the rising stars in the world of sports culture.

Adam is considered a photorealist painter, with his work often requiring a double-take to make certain it is in fact a painting.  Once the “amazement level” passes, observers marvel at the talent required to deliver a work of art with such a high degree of realism.  And as his reputation has risen, so too has the demand for his services.

The San Jose gathering, sponsored by GT Sports Marketing, will challenge him to present the dazzling array of stars who will gather for the occasion, including no less than Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Jim Brown, Y.A. Tittle, Gale Sayers, Warren Moon, Steve Largent, Paul Hornung, Len Dawson, Ronnie Lott, George Blanda, Don Maynard, Don Shula, Jerry Rice and many more.

Adam will be present at the event, participating in an unveiling and showcasing of the original work.  The art prints will be sold during the event, and later on through GT and at www.adamport.com, where additional works produced by Adam can be viewed.  Information on pricing and ordering will be available closer to the show dates.

Adam will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to Hope for Haiti now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief.  As with such other artist portrayals as baseball’s 500-home run club or the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players prints, the value of autographed copies of Port’s poster is already being considered one of the premier sports collectibles of this new decade.

Port, based in Long Island, is currently in discussion with a number of professional teams to paint commemorative artwork for upcoming anniversary celebrations.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts., and will shortly be the subject of a feature profile in ESPN the Magazine.

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