SOUTH PORTLAND — Local artist Matt Donahue is showing his work at CIA Cafe through Feb. 15.

A reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CIA, located at 72 Ocean St. in South Portland. Local singer and songwriter Mike Donahue, the artist’s son, will perform.

Donahue spends much of his time pursuing his passions for basketball and art. He was a record-setting star at Westbrook High School and the University of Southern Maine, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Off the court, he is a widely known artist producing some “wildly imaginative and extremely colorful figurative abstractions,” said a press release for the show.

Donahue’s second-story studio gallery is located at 30 Nutter Road, across from the community center, where he still regularly plays basketball. He works mostly with oils on canvas, but also in pencils and pastels.

He has nearly 1,500 pieces hanging in collections across the country. In addition to abstract paintings, he has a large collection of portraits of sports heroes and musicians. His paintings featured in the CIA exhibit include portraits of Bruce Springsteen and Jakob Dylan.

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