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SRQ DAILY Aug 14, 2015

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"The visual arts is an economic engine."

- Tim Jaeger, SARTQ Artist Collective

[Exhibition]  Here and Now with SARTQ
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

SARTQ, the newly rejuvenated Sarasota contemporary arts collective, presents its first show in three years, Here and Now, this Saturday at 1525 State St., next door to State of the Arts Gallery, showcasing the collective’s new and varied membership. Founded in 2008 by Tim Jaeger and Joseph Arnegger, SARTQ returned earlier this summer with the SARTQ Print Party, but Here and Now will be the first show to introduce the breadth of the collective’s current manifestation.

Curated by Danny Olda, the work of sixteen different artists will be on display, including Cassia Kite, Javier Rodriguez, Daniel Miller, Laine Nixon and Nathan Wilson, with every medium from painting to ceramics, with photography, projection, drawing and installation art all given a place within the collective and Here and Now. “We’re not aiming for one particular look or feel,” said Jaeger, who will also be exhibiting in the show. “We have a lot of respect for and see merit in all of it. The quality in all of these media is there and you’ll see it.”

Jaeger hopes to see the community come out in force to support the collective and with the exhibition he aims to instill a greater appreciation and understanding of art to all who attend, but by setting it so close to the heart of downtown, Jaeger also seeks to demonstrate the potential economic impact of supporting the arts in Sarasota and that “the visual arts is an economic engine."

For example, attendees out for the night are likely to stop and grab a bite to eat or a drink somewhere along the way, said Jaeger. “That’s creating revenue and stimulating the local economy,” he continued. “Local artist, local economy. We’re not outsourcing anything.”

With refreshments, free admission and free parking in the newly constructed parking garage across the street, Here and Now opens Saturday, Aug. 15, with a reception from 6pm-9pm. 

[Daily Shop]  Bright Bag
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Need a splash of color at your hip? Lucky for you, Bag Factory USA just opened in Downtown Sarasota. The new boutique sells an Italian line of bags and watches based out of Milan. The bags boast a modern design, each one customizable, lightweight and waterproof. Whether you need a fashionable beach bag or a tote to take about town, make to sure to grab the perfect piece for the occassion. 

Bag Factory USA, 1416 State Street, Sarasota

[From The Chef]  Chili Grounds
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Need a perfect tailgating option? The team at regional brand Community Coffee Company suggest this game day recipe that brings the grounds into the chili mix. 

3-Alarm Arabica Chili

Ingredients: 3 ½ pounds ground beef, preferably 80/20 blend; 2 ½ tbsps Canola or other vegetable oil; 1 ½ cups onion, finely chopped; 1 ½ small jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced; 1 ½ cups Community coffee House Blend, brewed; 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz); 1 tsp chili powder; ¼ cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed; 1 ½ tbsps cumin, ground; 1 tsp Kosher salt; 1 can chipotle in adobo sauce; 3 cans kidney or red beans (15 oz each)

Add beef to a 4-quart heavy bottom pot and bring to medium heat. Brown meat stirring frequently. Once browned, remove meat from pot and drain fat in a colander. Add the oil, onions, and jalapenos to the pot, and stirring frequently, cook until onions are translucent (approx. 5 minutes).

Return browned meat to the pot and add brewed coffee, tomatoes, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt, and chipotle.

Cook chili uncovered on medium heat until the meat is heated and sauce thickens (approx. 45 to 60 minutes).

Once chili is thickened, add the beans to the pot, return chili to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite condiments, such as sour cream, shredded cheddar, jalapeno peppers, and guacamole. 

Community Coffee Company

[Opening]  Visioning Healthcare Leases Bee Ridge Space

Visioning Healthcare leased 660 square feet of office space on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. The transaction was handled by Linda Emery, an advisor with the downtown Sarasota office of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group. 

Visioning Healthcare

[Development]  Swift Completes Fruitville Elementary Phase

Phase One of construction at Fruitville Elementary School was completed on Tuesday, one week early to accommodate the School’s staff. In conjunction with Sarasota County School Board, the Jon F. Swift Construction team says they worked to accommodate a need to move into the building early. Phase One of construction included interior renovations to the original building, building 3 directly off Honore Avenue, and the classrooms of building 8. The interior updates to building 3 include new staff office space and conference room, a teacher workroom and a student clinic. Building 8 was converted into four classrooms: a physical therapy classroom, occupational therapy classroom, science classroom and ESE classroom. 

Jon F. Swift Construction

[Opening]  5D Snags Industrial Space

5D Composite has leased a 4,000-square-foot industrial space, located on Independence Boulevard in Sarasota. The transaction was handled by Mike Migone, an advisor with the downtown Sarasota office of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group. 

5D Composite

[SRQ Client Party]  Pies on Pineapple

On Wednesday night, SRQ Media hosted the third installment of our client party series, “Parties on Pineapple.” Celebrating all things pie, guests enjoyed the savory and sweet varieties and hours of laughter and good company. Since every party is more fun with a photo booth, our clients had a great time posing with their respective posse Representing the savory pie classification was a spread of delicious New York style slices prepared by Solorazano’s Pizzeria. Following their lead to spread good deeds and hot meals to the hungry in our community, guests generously donated to Solorzano’s #PieItForwardMovement, which uses donated dollars to make pizzas for the local homeless population. For dessert, Sift Bakehouse served up slices of mouthwatering pies: from key lime to peanut butter & jelly. Samples of S’Macks coconut key lime pie custard rounded out the evenings flavor profile of pies. Not only did our clients enjoy eating local – they also sipped locally brewed beer, including a selection of seasonal favorites from Darwin’s Brewing Company provided by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Stay tuned for a post on Inside the Brand and a gallery of images from the night.   

SRQ Media Group

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