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An exhibit of paintings by Hanlyn Davies is on view at the Hampden Gallery at UMass.

COURTESY OF THE HAMPDEN GALLERY An exhibit of paintings by Hanlyn Davies is on view at the Hampden Gallery at UMass.

At Hampden Gallery

“Shelf Life,” an exhibit of paintings by Hanlyn Davies, will open with a reception April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through May 3 at Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In an artist’s statement, Davies writes, “The focus of the work is mortality — birth, death, the passage of time, and the annual events (such as birthdays, New Year’s, Christmas, etc.) that mark the passage of time. And prominent in the mix are the objects/mementoes (or ‘the things we carry’), stories, myths, events, and the pungent role or memory in the present.”

Davies, who lives in Connecticut, chaired the UMass art department for 10 years, and received the Distinguished Teaching Award there. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is included in numerous public and private collections.

The gallery is located in the Hampden Commons Building in the Southwest Residential Area at UMass. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, all 545-0680 or visit www.fineartscenter.com/hampden.

Meet the filmmaker

“Elza” will be shown April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst.

Directed by Mariette Monpierre, a Smith College alumna who will be on hand for a discussion, “Elza” tells the story of a Parisian woman who travels back to the Caribbean to look for her father who abandoned her. The unrated film is in French with English subtitles. Part of the “Meet the Filmmaker” series. Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office and online at amherstcinema.org.

Marketing for artists

“Marketing for Artists”, a discussion about how artists can promote and sell their art through Facebook blogs and other social media, will be held April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St. in Amherst. Speakers will be Boston-based social media expert Catherine Weber and Northampton web designer Carey Baker. Admission costs $7 and includes refreshments and a networking opportunity. For information, call 259-3090.

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