The original Montage group in 1978 included: (top row) David Cooper, Janice Carter, Ed Hamilton, Gretchen Bradleigh, George Tinsley, Bill Buchanan, Andrew Jackson and Eddie Davis; and (bottom row) Sylvia Clay, a picture of G. Caliman Coxe, Ron Stringer, William Duffy and Janet Finger | Courtesy of Montage

In the 1970s in Louisville, a handful of African-American artists decided to band together and form an artist collective that would help propel its members forward in the community while at the same time sharing, celebrating and critiquing each other’s work.

After all, it was sometimes difficult to find venues and galleries willing to display the members’ work — yes, even in the 1970s, even in Louisville.

The collective was called Montage and featured sculptors like Ed Hamilton and William M. Duffy and artists like Gloucester Caliman Coxe, Eddie Davis, Janice Carter and Janet Finger. There were 13 original members in all, and on Saturday, Feb. 16, 1619 Flux will honor the group with a show titled “Montage Lives! Our Artistic Past Informs the Future” featuring artwork from six of the members.

“Braidy Lady” by William M. Duffy

A special opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature food, drinks and music by the Ron Jones Quartet, plus a chance for Louisvillians to catch up with some of the artists featured.

1619 Flux, a gallery and community center located in west Louisville, opened in 2016 to help foster art, activism, discussion and desegregation. This new exhibit fits right in with Flux’s mission.

“Montage Lives” continues through May 19 at 1619 Flux, 1619 W. Main St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."