Born and raised in Baltimore, Mark Cottman is a self taught, award winning artist, who favors subjects from figurative to cycling, still life to abstracts and anything else that sits still long enough for him to put on canvas. A father and grand pop, Cottman has many life moments to draw from for the creation of his art.
His experience as a stand-up comedian and poet are evident in the subject matter selected. “Fantasy, love, humor, and deep reflection are the perspectives in which I approach most subjects,” Cottman says, “that’s why I select rich, vibrant and jovial colors then combine them in a very tasteful and unusual way.
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What is The Columbia Festival of the Arts?
The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a multi-weekend event that celebrates music, art, and entertainment. Each Festival kicks off in June with Lakefest, a free, three-day outdoor celebration at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Lakefest includes live performances, children's creative activities, a juried fine arts and crafts show, a variety of hands-on workshops for all ages and outdoor festival food fare.
The days following LakeFest are comprised of a variety of free and ticketed events, including performances in multiple disciplines, master classes, workshops, fine art exhibitions, literary offerings, film and frequent opportunities to interact directly with artists.