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For the past 16 years, prolific watercolorist Kathleen S. Giles has opened her studio one weekend each fall to visitors seeking a glimpse into her working process. She’ll host her 17th annual open studio event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in her home at 2336 Hartland Road in Gasport.

Giles’ work, which includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes, has been widely exhibited locally and has more recently caught on with national painting enthusiasts and collectors. In an artist’s statement, she refers to her style as “romantic realism,” saying it is “defined by strong values and colorful shadows that are often the result of scenes that are bathed in light.”

“I paint everything,” Giles told The News in September. “I like to do people and landscapes, but it’s really all about what’s got light on it. It’s something that catches my eye.”

Giles, who hosts a television show about watercolor on Lockport Community Television with fellow painter Jody Ziehm at 7 p.m. Mondays, won the top prizes at the 2013 Allentown Art Festival and Lewiston Art Festival. She recently was featured in the October issue of American Art Collector and had a painting in the American Watercolor Society’s prestigious 2012 exhibition in New York City.

For more information on the open studio event, call 795-9368.

– Colin Dabkowski