Where to shop this weekend: Discover exquisite jewelry, the art of Ikebana and a French market

Syd Entel Galleries hosts a trunk show of jewelry from international designer Alex Sepkus. The St. Petersburg chapter of Ikebana International hold their exhibition and a French market in Largo.
Published March 6

Fine Jewelry: Alex Sepkus Trunk Show

One of life’s great pleasures is to discover an artist with a completely fresh take on common methods and materials. Such is the case for jeweler Alex Sepkus, who turns gold and precious stones into wearable works of art. A trunk show of his jewelry comes to the Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass this weekend. The designer has a degree in industrial design from the Lithuanian Academy of Arts, where he studied glass making, sculpture, etchings and graphics, and his graduate work was ultimately in jewelry design. That background clearly informs his whimsical designs that reference art, pattern and architecture. I especially enjoy his use of color and placement of stones. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Candace Edelman, stone buyer for Sepkus, will be on hand to share her expertise. Free. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. sydentelgalleries.com.

Flower Power: Ikebana International

Years ago, I had the pleasure of working with the St. Petersburg Chapter of Ikebana International #65, when they created arrangements in vessels made by Florida CraftArt artists. The experience taught me how much thought and skill goes into this exquisite art form, from choosing the correct vessel to the geometry of the arrangement. The group is holding its annual exhibition at the Treasure Island Community Center this weekend. Artists were challenged with a “Bent and Twisted” theme. There will be arrangements in containers for sale, as well as other gifts, and teachers from various schools will give demonstrations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 156 104th Ave. Suggested donation of $5. ikebanastpetersburg.com.

Ouí, S‘il Vous Plait: French Market

Anyone who has been to the legendary Paris flea markets will recognize that same charm this weekend at the French Market at Julie’s Cottage at Provenance in Largo. The market features 40 vendors selling repurposed decor, architectural salvage, vintage garden items and plants. A special section dedicated to French decor will satisfy your inner Francophile. And if that doesn’t, pastries and French cheeses certainly will. Pop in the boutique for the latest trends in apparel. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 13128 Indian Rocks Road. There is parking at the nearby Anona Methodist Church. (727) 517-8102.

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