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Florida art and kitsch available at Blackwell Auctions this week

Plus, Largo sees the return of a French market and an Ikebana exhibition comes to Treasure Island.


For all the flak Florida gets, Floridians appreciate its uniqueness. Dr. Alfred Frankel was so fond of the state that he amassed a collection of Floridiana, including everything from fine art to kitsch. It’s available, along with works of several other Floridiana collectors, at Blackwell Auctions. Frankel, a retired physician, is also a well-known scholar of Florida art. Among about 300 items available are a signed Clyde Butcher photograph, several Highwaymen paintings and a number of Royal Hickman pottery pieces. Vintage signs including one in the shape of Florida and a neon sign advertising St. Pete Beach Limousine are available. And there are wacky items like the 1878 mini purse made from a real alligator claw. Several pieces of Americana will also be auctioned off. Bidding can be done in person or online. Previews are from 2-6 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday preceding the auction at noon. 10900 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 546-0200.


Cue the romantic French accordion music, because the French Market is returning to Julie’s Cottage at Provence this weekend. Modeled after Paris flea markets, 40 vendors will be selling repurposed decor, architectural salvage, vintage garden items, lavender and French-inspired wreaths and flowers. And there is a dedicated French Flea section with things like signs and other ephemera. To round out the experience, there will be fresh crepes made to order and locally roasted coffee. And the cottages will be open for you to discover even more, including silk flower arrangements and the area’s largest supply of ribbon. Free admission and parking at the nearby Anona Methodist Church. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 13128 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. (727) 517-8102.

The French Market will return to Julie's Cottage at Provence on March 13 and 14 in Largo.
The French Market will return to Julie's Cottage at Provence on March 13 and 14 in Largo. [ Courtesy of Julie Papalardo ]


Creativity flows through the members of the Ikebana International Chapter 65. They take the Japanese art of floral arranging to levels that sometimes defy gravity. Their “Sticks and Stones" exhibition is at the Treasure Island Community Center. Wrap your mind around their process with a number of demonstrations of a variety of schools at 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. All of the arrangements are for sale, as well as supplies. $5 suggested donation. Parking on 104th Avenue in the grass lot behind the building is free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 1 Park Place, Treasure Island.