Manchester artist Leslie Galacar is among the many artists who participated in the regional literacy and arts initiative — Cape Ann Reads — which is now the focus of an exhibition on view at the Manchester Historical Museum.

Galacar, an illustrator, was invited to create a new temporary public work of art for this segment of the traveling exhibition. Her colorful four-part series depicts Cape Ann's natural beauty and lore.

The exhibition,  "Once Upon a Contest: Cape Ann Reads," will run through Friday, April 26.

The works in the exhibition are drawn from the manuscripts recognized for distinction in the region-wide 2017 original picture book competition.

“Collectively this travel exhibition celebrates the glory of stories to captivate generations while providing opportunities for the community to enjoy writers and artists that live all about us," said Catherine Ryan, curator of the exhibition. "Each venue will offer one-of-a-kind experiences, when visitors can explore all these stories and visit the unique buildings. We already have had repeat visitors."

Galacar, who lived in Gloucester for 12 years, moved to Manchester a little over a year ago.

"I got involved in the Cape Ann Reads program through a friend, never thinking anything would come of it," she said. "But through this arts initiative, I have met a nice community of artists." 

Galacar, a New York native, attended Endicott College in Beverly and never left this area.

"Drawing is something I've always done, ever since I was a child," she said when asked about her arts background.

She has a line of cards that she sells locally and on Etsy. She remains focused on illustration but wants to learn more about painting. 

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Check-in with Shipbuilding Museum 

Catch up on upcoming events and opportunities at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum's annual meeting, this Monday, April 22, at 66 Main St.

The event kicks off with a business meeting at 6 p.m. in the museum's Waterline Center. A potluck supper will be held afterwars. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer, main dish, or dessert to share. Plates, silverware, cups, and coffee will be provided. 

RSVPs are requested by emailing

Beatles multi-media event

"Beatles mania" is still alive and well on Cape Ann.

Manchester Public Library will present "A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960's Through the Music of The Beatles" on Monday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., at 15 Union St.

The multi-media presentation and performance led by Fran Hart, founding member of The Beatles tribute band 4EverFab, will explore the seminal 60's pop-rock band and their influence in every area of the cultural landscape.

The presentation is free. For more information, call 978-526-7711 or visit  

Town Talk was compiled by Michael Cronin, who is off next week If you have a news tip or an item for Town Talk, please contact Andrea Holbrook at 978-675-2713, or

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