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Artist James Leonard gives a divination reading in the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

BRATTLEBORO >> On Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) hosts the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies, a traveling performance installation by artist James Leonard. Inside the tent, which will be set up on the museum's front lawn, Leonard will give free, private, climate-change divination readings, each one lasting about 15 minutes.

Leonard spent over 500 hours creating the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. From the outside, the tent looks like a cross between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a child's blanket fort. Its rainbow interior is made out of brightly colored recycled clothing. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of various plants and animals, each reportedly affected by climate change, are pinned to the outside.

Leonard explains, "A lot of thought has gone into the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions, and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern."

For those wishing to get a free, private, climate-change divination reading, they will be scheduled in 15-minute increments on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit