The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is sponsoring a show of paintings by John David Ellis, late of Rockland, that will open with a 4 to 6 p.m. reception Saturday, Aug. 20, at ICON Contemporary Art 19 Mason St. Refreshments will be served and all are invited.

Ellis was born in Cincinnati in 1929. He majored in political science at Williams College, spent six years in the Marines and earned a degree from Harvard Law School before turning to art as a career. He studied at the Art Students League where he met his future wife and fellow painter, Joan Beauregard. They established studios in New York’s lower east side. Ellis’ interest in sailing brought them to Round Pond, for summers, then to Rockland, where they built a house with studios for them both.

Although Ellis painted seriously for 40 years, he chose not to exhibit or sell his work. Only toward the end of his life (he died in 2015) did he consider sharing his paintings with the public; the show at ICON is the result.

The gallery is open weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Two dozen small to medium size colorful and energetic non-objective paintings from the Ellis collection will be on display through Sept. 17. For more information, call Duane Paluska at the gallery, 725-8157.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or