Sponsored by Elliott Davis, PAC is proud to present the Premier Arts Collective Art Walk on the Camperdown Plaza and Art Gallery located in the Falls Tower lobby.

Behind every piece of art is a story of hope. Some stories come from PAC programs around the world, using the arts therapeutically to bring healing for those who have suffered from trauma and abuse. Other stories are the testimonies of the artists themselves. As you explore the Premier Arts Collective Art Walk and Art Gallery, allow these stories to impact you.

PAC Art Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The art walk

Featured Artist Nick burns a.k.a. “Ninja Picasso”

About this work
Gentle Giant”

The piece was created in honor of Walt Crooks, a teacher whose life mission was to reduce suffering, and because of this, Crooks impacted the lives of many individuals. Suffering from anxiety and depression, Crooks lost the battle on August 22, 2019. Crooks’ life mission was further carried out by family members, Will Crooks and Susan Crooks, who created an organization called Walt’s Waltz. Crooks’ story touched the artist who channeled the pain from dealing with a season of anxiety and depression into the piece.

 
About the Artist

Nick Burns a.k.a. “Ninja Picasso” is a multi-disciplinary visual and
performing artist from Greenville, South Carolina. Burns’ style is inspired by the raw soul of street art and the refinement of the renaissance. Burns uses the tag NJAP, meaning “Not Just A Painting,” because of the belief that there is a story to be told in all of Burns’ work.

At the early age of five, Burns began exploring the arts while playing drums at a Baptist church and drawing on the back of sermon programs. Burns developed into a caricature artist and teaching performance artist in Greenville and has been inspiring young aspiring artists for over a decade. Burns’ professional art journey began in 2012 but became a full-time passion in 2018 after earning a residency at Greenville Center for Creative Arts in West Greenville.

For booking information, contact gene@premierartscollective.com.

More on the Art Walk

“Art Speaks” is a captivating collection that explores how art speaks when words may fail. All works of art displayed on the outdoor Art Walk and inside Falls Tower tell layered stories about the intersection of pain, hope, and healing. Some of the pieces are, in and of themselves, works in progress, symbolizing how our lives are “unfinished” works of art. In fact, most of the artwork on display was created in a clinical art therapy setting, speaking to the power of using the arts as an agent of processing and transformation.

The arts are a universal language that unites people of different languages, cultures, and backgrounds. When the arts are harnessed to be used as a means of process rather than consumption, we believe they can point others, and ourselves, to a Hope and Peace beyond understanding.

We invite you to take a moment out of your busy day to pause and reflect on the artwork and read the stories that lie behind each brushstroke. Visit the Premier Arts Collective Gallery located inside of the Falls Tower lobby to view the original pieces and learn more about them and the artists.

To learn more about Premier Arts Collective and our mission to use the arts as a vehicle of healing and hope here in Greenville, SC, and around the world, click here!

As you explore, feel free to take photos of the art work and share on social media! Be sure to tag @premierartscollective and @CamperdownGVL.

To stay up-to-date on events in the Camperdown Plaza, visit CamperdownGreenville.com.

20 E Broad Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Alison Hughey

Music Therapist

Alison Hughey’s greatest passion is guiding clients in connection, comfort and communication through music. Since studying music therapy at Converse University and earning her board certification in 2010, she has served clients from 18 months of age up to 103 years old and contributed to research in community mental health and dementia care. Alison wears multiple “music hats” as a worship leader, band member, and music & wellness workshop facilitator.

Jared Emerson

Performance Artist

Jared Emerson is world renown for his captivating performance art and studio originals.  His art has raised millions of dollars for charities and ministries around the world.  Jared’s work with Premier Arts Collective allows him to use his gifts by engaging in interactive art classes and performances across the globe; using his art for healing, therapy and restoration for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Born in Michigan and now residing in Greenville, South Carolina, Jared’s personal mission has led him to perform and create art, in a vast array of media, for a large number of collectors, corporations, churches and charities, with his performance piece “Face of God” being the most requested.

Jared’s credits include: ReviveUs 2 with Kirk Cameron, Winter Jam concert tour, TEDx, K-LOVE, CBS Sports, Game Plan for Life, The 700 Club, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, NASCAR, Museum of the Bible, Coca-Cola, Michelin, Land Rover, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Pistons, Family Christian Stores and countless others.

Jared’s success has made his artwork sought after by many celebrities and sports figures.  His clients include: Carrie Underwood, Carson Wentz, Jack Nicklaus, Guy Fieri, Joe Gibbs, Willie Mays, Albert Pujols, Jimmy John, Forrest Lucas, Smokey Robinson and Joe Greene, to name a few.

For booking information, contact gene@premierartscollective.com 

Anita Yeh Norrie

Art Therapist

Anita Yeh Norrie (MA-Art Therapy) is passionate about creating change and improving lives through the transformative power of creating art. A life-long believer in the therapeutic and cathartic power of art, she built her career around developing programs and relationships that encourage expression, and self-realization through creativity.

While an art and design business owner, she was the vehicle of expression for her client’s vision. As an art therapist, she has created therapeutic art programs for kids, for mental health programs and non-profits, launched and operated an open art studio for a community arts center, and led hundreds of people to live a better life through their own discovery of creativity and artistic self-expression.

Anita’s current work of art is Art Power!, the non-profit she founded in 2017 where she and her team are working to change the lives of underserved kids in Cozumel, Mexico, through their therapeutic, choice-based art studio.”

When not in the art studio, you can usually find Anita contemplating her next project while exploring tasty food stands and out-of-the-way eateries, wherever she may be.

Courtney Chandler

Art Therapist

Courtney Chandler is a registered art therapist, licensed professional counselor associate, trauma-conscious yoga teacher, and founder of HeARTS for Hope Therapy in Greenville, SC. She has a decade of experience offering expressive art therapy groups in mental health facilities, schools, detention facilities, and substance use treatment centers across the country. She loves supporting adults and teens as they navigate challenges of trauma and grief, using an integrative combination of art therapy, somatic psychotherapy, and EMDR. Motivated by the belief that everyone is innately creative and art is an expression of self-love and divine connection, she uses a holistic mind-body approach in her therapeutic practice, and feels honored to hold space for hope and healing.

Samuel Monterrosa

Vocal Coach and Head of Nu-Day Academy

Samuel Monterrosa is the Director of Nu-Day Academy in San Salvador, El Salvador. He has been mentoring, coaching and advising students in music education for over 15 years. He is often asked how music helps. Samuel believes that for many children, music is opportunity. Music is the way out of a life of poverty and brokenness. Nu-Day Academy provides opportunities for youth to build their self-esteem through music.

Born and raised in San Salvador, Samuel believes all lasting achievement is rooted in developing good character and maturity through the daily exercise of personal responsibility. Samuel’s guidance at Nu-Day Academy has built an environment focusing on character skills.

Under Samuel’s leadership, Nu-Day Community Choir was formed. The choir has become a favorite to the entire country, performing on every national television station, at concerts and for the Salvadorian government. Samuel is also the baritone pillar in the youth band known throughout Latin America as One Love El Salvador.