“It’s A Dog’s Life” Exhibit Runs Through September 30th

FORT WORTH, TX, September 13, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — When was the last time you took your dog to the museum? Actually, was there a time you were able to take your dog to a museum?

The answer to that question, for the majority of DFW residents, is most likely never.

But now you have an opportunity to do exactly just that.

“It’s A Dog’s Life” is an exhibit featuring dog art, sculptures, toys, antiques and collectibles. This exhibit can be found free of charge (dogs are welcome), at the DFW Elite Toy Museum, located at 5940 Eden in Haltom City.

The exhibit runs from January 15 through September 30th.

See the Victorian Period Collage, delight at the vintage and antique toy display, marvel at the 1930’s Store Window Tapper, and smile at the Lap of Luxury Display. Do all of this while enjoying some of the most iconic and beautiful artwork depicting dogs in all their glory, painted by some of the most famous animal artists dating back hundreds of years.

It is all the dream of owner Ron Sturgeon, toy collector and Texas-famous lover of dogs.

“This is what happens when a hobby takes on a life of its own. This collection simply became too big for my house, so we opened up the Museum and now we are sharing two of my loves with the public. I sure hope you enjoy looking at the exhibits as much as I have enjoyed them over the years.”

Very little is known about Edwin Armfield, the artist who painted “Trapped.” We know he was a British artist who lived a short life, 1840-1875, and we know most of his subjects were Terriers in various stages of hunting. Other than that, Armfield is known mostly for his exquisite work and attention to detail. “Trapped” is a perfect example of a master technician at the top of his game, the tension exploding from the canvas.

Besides “Trapped,” the exhibit has a large number of other dog paintings including the following:

• “The Wounded Hound” by Richard Ansdell
• “After Dinner Guests” by Louis Eugene Lambert
• “First Point” by George Armfield
• “Lunch Time” by Edward Charles Barnes
• “Study of a Pekingese” by Edwin Alfred Debenham
• “Two Peaks” by Kate Rashleigh

“This is a display the entire family will enjoy,” Sturgeon continues. “Bring the kids, bring the dogs, plan on spending a few hours, and enjoy! That’s what this is all about . . . enjoyment!”

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 designed as a toy car museum but which soon 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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