So mark your calendars for a pretty big art event.
The last time we had a huge retrospective of Bo's work was for the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Museum. His exhibit kicked off a year's worth of events for the museum.
This time, Columbus State University, Columbus Bank and Trust and the W.C. Bradley Co. have partnered to present the exhibit.The Art Walk will kick off the exhibits on March 24.
Bartlett, and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, will attend receptions at all three locations during the 5:30-8 p.m. Art Walk.
Bartlett's work include monumental paintings as well as his sketchbooks and journals.
He left Columbus when he was 19 to study with Ben Long in Florence, Italy. He now spends time in Columbus and his island homes in Maine and Washington state.
Bartlett is called "an American realist with a modernist view," and has his work exhibited in major art museums in the United States.
His work has been organized into three categories.
"Paintings of Home" will be in the Illges Gallery, 901 Front Ave. These paintings reflect his Columbus influences, local icons and memories. They include "Ma Rainey, Queen of the Blues," "Dr. Pemberton Discovers Coke," "School of Charm" and "Inheritance." A 12-minute DVD of a recent interview will be playing in the gallery.
"A Survey of Painting" in the Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave., will feature paintings he produced from 1998-2009, including "Young Traveler," "Painters Crossing" and "Hiroshima." More than 50 of his paintings will be displayed in the former cotton warehouse. His film, "Heartland," will be playing in the gallery.
"Sketchbooks, Journals and Studies" will be in the Turner and Jordan galleries in CB&T, 1148 Broadway. Sketchbooks, journals and objects of inspiration will be on display. A DVD lecture will be playing in one of the galleries.
CSU will plan several special events, lunch lectures, evening guest speakers and panel discussions.
Bartlett will conduct a three-day master class March 25-27, where he will paint alongside students.
Call Hannah Israel, 706-507-8312.