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Artist and author Brian Estes’ children’s book launch and signing as part of First Friday Artwalk

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BANGOR — Local artist and author Brian Estes will sign copies and launch his book “Flying Pigs & Dinosaurs & Things You’ve Never Seen Before,” 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at The Briar Patch, 27 Central St. Estes will perform a musical reading from his new book of rhyming poetry and drawings at 6 p.m.

Bring a child, or an adult with a childlike sense of absurdity.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at The Briar Patch. Stop in or call 941-0255 to reserve a signed copy if you are unable to attend the event.

Brian Estes was born and raised in Hampden. His greatest childhood accomplishment was digging an enormous hole in the woods behind the babysitter’s house. Working with his brother and friends, they attempted to create a top secret underground lair. Sadly, there was a storm and the hole filled with water. Frogs live there now.

After surviving elementary, middle, and high school, he graduated from Maine College of Art in Portland. However, that was not enough school for Brian Estes.

These days, he teaches middle school art in Brewer. He survives primarily on cafeteria food, still enjoys summer vacations, and has recited the Pledge of Allegiance roughly 4,000 times in his 38 years.

This is his first book of poetry. You can find more of his illustrations in the novel, “The Last Boy on Earth” by Thomas M. Burby. In addition to drawing and composing poetry, Estes writes songs, paints, daydreams, and builds musical instruments out of odds and ends.

He lives far away from the mess, with his wife and two children, from whom he draws most of his inspiration.