“Western Treasures,” the name of the next exhibition opening at the jewel of Fort Worth downtown museums, the Sid Richardson, is an ambitious affair on many fronts. First, it’s got heft – as in a total of 39 paintings which, if you’re familiar with the cozy proportions of the Richardson, means that pretty much every nook and cranny of this marvelously intimate space, are destined to be filled with action-packed art.

But it’s also got other distinctions going for it as well. Perusing the origins of those 39 works and one spies a reunion brewing of recognizable, quasi “greatest hits” pieces by the two icons of Western painting, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, combined with stellar works by some of their contemporary artists – plus a selection of rarely viewed canvases from its permanent cache. Three of the 39 works hold special distinctions. The Scout and Bringing Up the Trail haven’t graced the Richardson’s walls in a while. Meanwhile, Western Scene has, according to the Richardson, never been seen at this temple for Western art.

But painting won't be the sole medium on display. Indeed, six bronze sculptures, created by Russell and Remington, and each loaned to the show from various distinguished private collections, will also grace the exhibition. Don't miss out on a free lecture, too paired with the new exhibition, "Remington and Russell's Paintings in an era of transformation, 1890-1917" Friday, September 27, 2013 6-7:30pm. 

Such is the significance of this particular show that the Richardson, which has been temporarily closed, will  stage its reopening to coincide with this wide-ranging exhibition.

The details: “Western Treasures” at the Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main Street, Fort Worth. September 19, 2013-September 14, 2014. Admission: Free. More info: 817-332-6554; www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org.

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Bringing Up the Trail, 1895, Charles M. Russell, Oil on Canvas, Sid Richardson Museum