Tamira Ci Thayne: Released September 2008
One-Woman Art Shows, in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia,
to Feature Piece
Censored by Blair County Judge
Insists Censorship Violates First Amendment Rights and Will
Exhibit "When the Circle of Compassion Extends to All" in
18, 2008, Tipton, PA - Artist Tamira Ci Thayne, formerly known
as Tammy Grimes and founder of Dogs Deserve Better, will be featured
in two one-woman art shows during Pennsylvania Week for the Animals.
During the exhibits at Chatham University in Pittsburgh and The
Rotunda in Philadelphia Thayne will exhibit a piece entitled "When
the Circle of Compassion Extends to All", a work which a Blair
County, PA Judge has attempted to censor.
Circle of Compassion Extends to All" has previously
won an Honorable Mention at the Blair County Arts Festival.
Thayne created the piece based on her experience in rescuing a
dog who lay chained and unable to stand, flailing about in the
mud and his own feces. When police refused to charge the owners
with cruelty and insisted Thayne (then Grimes) return the dog to
its abusive situation, she refused, and was thereafter convicted
of theft for helping him.
Video of the dog was withheld from the jury by the judge as well
as 'after' photos and video of him standing and walking again.
The judge subsequently ordered Grimes to remove all images of the
dog from the Dogs Deserve Better website and her art. The case
is currently in appeal.
Thayne has removed the dog's photos from items for sale on the
Dogs Deserve Better site, but has refused to remove the dog's images
from its history of the case page or her artwork, citing violations
of first amendment rights.
Thayne states, "Doing what any concerned citizen should have
done for a suffering animal was not wrong and will never be wrong—no
matter what a corrupt 'justice' system says. I feel this in my
gut. I have been subjected to what amounts to emotional torture
as a result of helping Doogie—yet I could have done no other.
Creating a piece of art based on my experience which speaks to
a time when animals will be treated with the reverence they deserve
is my right as a human being and an American citizen. I will continue
to show "When the Circle of Compassion Extends to All" on
my website and at any shows where I am able. I am no criminal."
20 pieces of Thayne's work will be shown Saturday, September 20th
from 4-8 p.m. at Eddy Theatre at Chatham University, Woodland Road,
Pittsburgh. The show runs with three films shown, I Am Unseen by
Dogs Deserve Better, The Witness by Tribe of Heart, and Uncaged,
Second Chances for Puppy Mill Breeders by Ann Metcalf and Chris
The works will show in Philadelphia from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 23, at The Rotunda, Walnut Street, also in concurrence
with I Am Unseen and Uncaged.
To view Thayne's art, visit her website at http://www.littlegirllooking.com.
20-50% of all proceeds from sales of Thayne's art benefit Dogs
Thayne can be reached at Tami@littlegirllooking.com for comment, and is available for art shows, commissioned works,
or interviews. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University
of Maryland, and a B.S. in Naturology from the American Institute
of Holistic Theology.
Dogs Deserve Better was founded in 2002, is an international nonprofit
with 140 area reps in the U.S. and Canada, and works to bring dogs
out of the backyard and into the home and family. The site can
be viewed at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org.
Endorsements for Tami's Work