ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

ArtRage Events


February 25, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm


A new theatrical work by Vanessa Johnson

Saturday Feb 25, 2017 at 7pm
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 4pm

A journey of DNA Memories, Present Makings, and Future Dreams. Told in three actor’s voices with spoken word, songs, and monologues, the production is an Unwrapping of the Life of Vanessa Johnson, Griot/Storyteller, and the common experiences of all women. This unique an interactive “telling” invites the audience to contribute their own memories and dreams to the story.

Featuring Hawa Brima, Debra Richardson & Vanessa Johnson. Music by Bernie Williford.

$10 at the door


February 26, 20174:00 pmto6:00 pm


 A new theatrical work by Vanessa Johnson

Saturday Feb 25, 2017 at 7pm & Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 4pm

A journey of DNA Memories, Present Makings, and Future Dreams. Told in three actor’s voices with spoken word, songs, and monologues, the production is an Unwrapping of the Life of Vanessa Johnson, Griot/Storyteller, and the common experiences of all women. This unique an interactive “telling” invites the audience to contribute their own memories and dreams to the story.

Featuring Hawa Brima, Debra Richardson & Vanessa Johnson. Music by Bernie Williford.

$10 at the door

In Retro-Spectacular – A Bear Garden Cabaret!

March 3, 2017toMarch 4, 2017

Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4
6:30pm & 8:30pm shows

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A Musical Cabaret to benefit the ArtRage Gallery
with Tamaralee Shutt and Joe Downing
and special guest Moe Harrington

A little Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Gospel & Blues

Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts so bring an appetite!

Limited seating – reservations required
Call 424-0783 to reserve your cabaret seat or table

*Please note: This event will NOT be held at ArtRage Gallery.
Call for reservations and location information.

International Women’s Day ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

March 5, 20179:00 amto1:00 pm

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In celebration of International Women’s Day
ArtRage will host its 2nd Annual
Pancake Breakfast as a fundraiser for our work.

Breakfast includes:
HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK PANCAKES, turkey or veggie sausage, fresh fruit, NY Maple Syrup, coffee, tea and orange juice. 

In honor of International Women’s Day, our all male volunteer servers and kitchen crew will be your hosts!

Join us at the Bishop Harrison Community Center, 1342 Lancaster Pl, Syracuse, NY 13210 (Next to All Saint’s Church)

$10 and Up Sliding Scale Donation  –  Kids under 5 free

For more info call 315-218-5711 or email

SPECIAL THANKS TO: All Saints Church for sponsoring this event!

Artist Talk with Vanessa Johnson

March 8, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

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In honor of International Women’s Day, Vanessa Johnson is presenting an Artist Talk to discuss her current exhibition Unwrapping Vanessa: Fiber Memory Art by Vanessa Johnson Her exhibition is a new body of work that honors the voices of women and girls who continue to influence the artist’s life, and speaks to her own transnational experience through the women who inspire her.


Vanessa Johnson has been quilting for over 20 years and has exhibited throughout Central New York including at the SUNY Oswego Metro Centro Tyler Art Gallery and Syracuse University’s Community Folk Art Center.

Johnson has been a professional storyteller since 1999 and has performed throughout CNY. She has performed at Syracuse University, The Red House Arts Center, the Schweinfurth Art Center, throughout the Onondaga County Library system and at many other K-12 schools and colleges throughout Central New York. National engagements include Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, University of Indiana, Miami University in Ohio, and at the Annual Underground Railroad Conference at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

She founded the Harabee Youth Tent, an interactive visual art and music space in the Pan African Village at the New York State Fair and has acted as coordinator for the past 16 years. As the Education Director of the Onondaga Historical Association she founded their youth theatre program.

In 2014, Johnson premiered her first full-length play “Doors” with the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company at Jazz Central. In October 2016, Johnson premiered a new one-women show, “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired- a tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer” which combined song and storytelling at ArtRage Gallery to a full house.

Free to the public


March 11, 20176:00 pmto8:00 pm


Directed by Jean Renoir with Anna Magnani

Our mini-fest of films about theater begins with this ravishing 18th century comic fantasy. Director Jean Renoir (son of the famed painter) shot in English in Rome ‘s Cinecitta Studios. It all starts when stormy commedia dell-arte star Camille brings her ragtag troupe of acrobats, thespians and comics to Peru to open a new theater. Already in hot pursuit are three suitors: a viceroy who gifts her with his prize golden coach; a bullfighter who impresses with his virility, and a young Spanish officer who wants her to live with him in the wild. Renoir’s brilliantly Technicolored tribute to the actor’s life also invites us to enjoy the romantic, humorous, lively spectacle of real life.

“A masterwork from a major artist” — Film 4

$5 Suggested Donation


March 11, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Directed by Peter Yates with Albert Finney , Tom Courtenay

This film explores the delicate bond between “Sir,” a boozy, badly aging actor and manager of a Shakespearean travel company and the loyal personal assistant who struggles to keep him from falling apart. Offering a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at theater life, the film brims with backstage lore, theatrical detail, and stage bound superstition. But the heart  of it all is a deeply felt story of a human relationship on the brink of crisis. The two leads — Albert Finney as “Sir” and Tom Courtenay as “the dresser” — give electrifying Oscar-nominated performances.

“Brilliant, illuminating and moving” — IMDB.

$5 Suggested Donation

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

March 14, 20177:00 pm

A film by Nevline Nnaji. Introduced by Patricia E. Clark, Chair Department of English and Creative Writing, SUNY Oswego.

Where do black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and 70s? This feature-length documentary unearths the story of black women’s political marginalization—between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class—showing how each failed to recognize black women’s overlapping racial and gender identities.

Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), SNCC’s Black Women’s Liberation Committee, the Black Panther Party, Third World Women’s Alliance, and the National Black Women’s Feminist Organization reveal how black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of color within and outside The Black Power Movement and mainstream feminism. Prominently featured activists include Frances Beale, Angela Davis, Kola Boof, Nikki Giovanni, Rosemari Mealy, Judy Richardson, Gwendolyn Simmons, Deborah Singletary, and Eugenia Wiltshire. Required viewing for Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and students of the Civil Rights Movement.


Professor Clark will facilitate a discussion follwing the film.
Free to the Public.


March 18, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

All About Eve

Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz with Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm.

One of the screens great sophisticated dramas about theater life and what makes actors act. Jealousy, connivery and betrayal run rampant as a ruthless unknown sets out to steal the spotlight from celebrated stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis at her best).  Insecurities, delectably quotable dialogue, and designer gowns splash across the screen as Margo desperately tries to hold onto her friends, her lover, and her career. Watch for young Marilyn Monroe in a knockout supporting role.

The film broke records with 15 Oscar nominations, winning for: Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Costumes, Sound.

An all-time classic to be “savored for its language, performance, psychological insights and proof that all the world’s a stage.” — Observer

$5 Suggested Donation

Before the Flood- “What If…” Film Screening

March 22, 20176:30 pmto8:30 pm

Presented by The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series in partnership with the Sierra Club and ArtRage Gallery before_the_flood-poster


If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Free and open to the public. Followed by a discussion.
Learn what local actions you can take!




I’m Sick and Tired, of Being Sick and Tired: A Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer

March 25, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm


Encore Performance!

One Woman Performance by Vanessa Johnson

Originally premiered in October 2016, ArtRage welcomes back Vanessa Johnson for an encore performance of, I’m Sick and Tired, of Being Sick and Tired ~ a One Woman Show as a tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer. The show is based on testimonies and interviews of Ms. Hamer, primary documents from various U.S. archives, and the voices of other Civil Rights Activists who knew her. It includes spoken word, songs, audience participation and monologues.

Ms. Hamer was the youngest of 20 children and was 6 years old when she started working cotton fields in Mississippi. She began working with Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1962 and was a founding member and Vice President of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and was called the “spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.”

$10 suggested Donation

Generation Found “What If…” Film Screening

April 18, 20176:30 pmto8:30 pm

Presented by The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series in partnership with the Prevention Network and ArtRage Gallery


GENERATION FOUND is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

Independently filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.

Free and open to the public. Followed by a discussion with the Prevention Network.


Welcome to Shelbyville “What If…” Film Screening

May 25, 20176:30 pm

Presented by The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series in partnership with
The Erie Canal Museum, the New American Women’s Empowerment Group and ArtRage Gallery

Screened at the Erie Canal Museum
image005Syracuse has a long history of being a welcoming city.
How can we work together to continue this legacy?

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Syracuse, New York is an unlikely home to over 10,000 former refugees. Two women at the forefront of this community reflect on what their presidential vote means to those whose only true home is the American town that took them in.


Welcome to Shelbyville is a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In this one small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone’s throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

The film captures the interaction between these residents as they navigate new waters against the backdrop of a tumultuous year. The economy is in crisis, factories are closing, and jobs are hard to find. The local Tyson chicken plant is hiring hundreds of new Somali refugees, and when a local reporter initiates a series of articles about the newcomers, a flurry of controversy and debate erupts within the town.  The story is an intimate portrayal of a community’s struggle to understand what it means to be American.

Free and Open to the Public. Followed by a community discussion.

NOTE: This event is NOT at ArtRage Gallery.
It will occur at the Erie Canal Museum,  318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202

The event will be held in the second floor gallery. Please enter the main entrance and use the elevator or stairs on the left. 
Free parking is available in the lot on Erie Boulevard East under routes 81 and 690.