At Amherst’s wünderarts, you may not find a capital W. You will, however, find the work of artists whose passions tend toward abstraction over realism. There’s a pleasing penchant on view for a clean, color- and texture-based aesthetic. In the gallery’s current exhibition, GIFT, you can see the color band-based paintings of Susannah Auferoth (whose work is pictured), holder of both a mechanical engineering degree and a fine arts degree from UMass-Amherst. Hillary Milens’ work, also on view, explores layering, scraping and re-tooling paint. Concurrent with GIFT, I’ll tell you how the sun rose offers paintings by Alberto Mancini inspired by the words of Emily Dickinson.
Through Sept. 7, wünderarts, 383 Main St., Amherst, (413) 256-6600.