Cottages 2018: Contributors

Contributors, Cottages 2018

Andrew JowettAndrew Jowett

Relatively new with BLUE, Andrew is a freelance photographer, videographer and photojournalist based in Port Huron. He specializes in adventure, lifestyle and landscape photography and brings a gifted eye to his works. Water is a source of inspiration for much of his photography. He often can be found photographing surfers, skateboarders and sailors. Find him at

Leslie MertzLeslie Mertz

Ever curious, Leslie is a freelance science and environment writer who has lived in eight Michigan counties, from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives Up North in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River. She has degrees in journalism and wildlife biology and has written for newspapers and a Michigan research university.

Gary OdmarkGary Odmark

Renowned for his beautiful and realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, Gary provides illustrations for BLUE’s State of Mine and other columns. He spends his summers touring Michigan art festivals and winters in Florida. The prolific Holland-based artist’s fine-quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

Carol VotawCarol Votaw

A children’s book author and piano teacher, Carol’s essay “Beach Bonfire” debuts in this issue. Her first book, “Good Morning, Little Polar Bear,” was selected for Harcourt’s StoryTown series of Big Books for kindergartners. Carol lives in Rochester Hills. Each summer, she heads north to kayak and sail with her family on Crystal Lake.

Chuck Warren

A licensed captain and freelance boating writer in Grandville, Chuck grew up on the New Jersey shore and spent 20-plus years working in the marine industry. He met his wife Lanie while operating a sunset cruise and followed her back to Michigan where he has fallen for the Great Lakes. Find him at

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