Haltom City Museum Features Exhibitions Locals and Visitors Need to Know About

FORT WORTH, TX, September 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — True to its name, the DFW Elite Toy Museum currently has a special exhibit dedicated to dog antiques and collectibles. This exhibit will be available for a limited time from January 15-September 30, 2018. Completely open to the public at no cost, visitors are encouraged to bring their furry pals along.

The DFW Elite Toy Museum is open between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday and is conveniently located at 5940 Eden in Haltom City. Just minutes away from Downtown Fort Worth!

“It’s A Dog’s Life” is a collection of dogs in art, toys and antiques, with a selection of art from European and American painters and sculptors. Adding to this exhibit is a portion of the vintage/antique toys from Ron Sturgeon‘s personal collection.

The exhibit includes a Victorian Period Collage, a delightful vintage toy display, a 1930’s Store Window Tapper and a Lap of Luxury Display.

“This is a must-see display for any dog lover in the DFW area,” owner Ron Sturgeon says. “We have brought in some of the greatest dog art available, art that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves a man’s best friend. We really do think we have something special here.”

Charles West Cope was an English Victorian Era painter of genre and historical scenes and was actually responsible for painting several frescos in the House of Lords in London. After a sad and tragic childhood, Cope entered Sass’s Academy, in London, becoming a student of the Royal Academy at the same time. After graduation, he proceeded on to Paris to practice his art. In 1940, Cope he founded an artists’ society known as ‘The Etching Club’.

Fast forward eight years and Cope was doing work for the English government in Parliament. It was at this time he became acquainted with quite a few of the British Royalty and “The Marquis of Huntley’s Pair of Deerhounds in a Highland Landscape” was painted.

Although best known for his historical paintings, Cope’s detailed paintings of the culture and everyday life are exquisite. The “Deerhounds” painting beautifully captures the highland landscape and the Deerhounds’ proud owner as they all gaze at the horizon in search of game.

Cope died in 1890 at the age of seventy-nine.

Other paintings that are being showcased at this exhibit include, but are not limited to:

• “Lunch Time” by Edward Charles Barnes
• “Study of a Pekinese” by Edwin Alfred Debenhams
• “Two Peaks” by Kate Rashleigh
• “Coursing Salukis” by Cynthia Underwood
• “Study of Italian Greyhound” by Alexander Blackley

The DFW Elite Toy Museum began as a hobby for owner Ron Sturgeon, but Sturgeon soon realized that hobbies of collectibles were meant to be shared with the public. Thus, began the museum. Originally, DFW Elite Toy Museum was designed to be a toy car museum but rapidly branched out to include other collectible and antique toy displays. The museum is free to the public and, to reflect Ron’s love of dogs, furry friends are always welcomed with open arms.

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