“ExIconoclast: ReMaking Myth,” an exhibit of assemblage art with found objects that connect with mythologies and classic literature, and photography exhibits emphasizing the Mackinaw River and rural America will open January 10, 2019, at Time Gallery at Fondulac Bank, 201 Clock Tower Drive in East Peoria. An Opening Reception for the exhibits will be held at Time Gallery from 10 am to noon on Saturday, January 19. Artist Torri Thompson will informally talk about her assemblage sculptures. Thompson and Kim Toohill will discuss their photography exhibits including, “Meadow People,” “2030” and “Light and Lines.” Thompson is a former English professor at Illinois State University where she taught courses in classic mythology, Shakespeare and Bible as literature. Her art assemblages are fusions of these texts and images recreated from found objects. Living in in rural McLean County, Thompson retrofitted her garage into “The Art Shop,” which is stocked with objects that inspire ideas and serve as art materials. “Assemblage Art continually repurposes all materials and reassembles them to navigate a course through complexity, contradictions and compelling mystery,” Thompson said. “Art has the capacity to transform grief and anger into life and even laughter and joy.” Thompson’s multi-year project “Meadow People” is a photographic documentary of the flooding of her meadow on the Mackinaw River. Thompson said the Mackinaw floods like the Nile River. Debris caught in bushes on river banks morphs to look like people in photos. The images in “2030” are of New Mexico ghost towns. Her photos, as well as her assemblage art, are often commentary on climate change. Toohill’s interest in photography began when she trained as a photographer’s mate in the Navy. Her recent work evolves from documenting the lives of her children and friends as well as Illinois wildlife and rural architecture. She also photographs birds, particularly in Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas and Texas. The exhibits will be open through March 30, 2019. On three Saturday mornings, the artists will lead gallery talks. (Coffee and donuts will be served too.) • Saturday, February 2, from 10-11 am “Art is for Everybody: How to enjoy an art gallery.” • Saturday March 2, 10-11 am. “What is Found Object Art?” • Saturday, March 23, 10–11 am “One View, Two Perspectives.” Thompson has shown her photography and assemblage art in several recent juried exhibits including St Louis Artists’ Guilds, The Hoogland Center for the Arts, Art Scene Today in New York City and McLean County Art Center.