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Real Estate: M Street Arts Complex opening in downtown Fresno

A new artist venue is getting ready to open its doors in downtown Fresno.

The M Street Arts Complex, a collaboration between local artists and Fresno homebuider Darius Assemi of Granville, will have its grand opening on Saturday in conjunction with its first exhibition.

The complex was built in an old warehouse space on the corner of M and Tuolumne streets. Granville bought the property a few years ago with plans to convert it into commercial, retail and office space.

But the plans changed and an idea to create gallery space and artists studios with security and private parking took its place. The 10,000-square-foot complex has a large gallery, five galleries with attached private studios, three warehouse style spaces with roll up doors, and seven other studios. The curators are artists Christina Rea and Julia Woli Scott.

The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. followed by the unveiling of two public art installations. The exhibition, “Spectacle, A Closer Look at Fresno,” highlights the work of 13 artists. The event is free to the public.

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