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Artists turn Hamtramck 2nd story storefront space into Urban Fable Studios

Marianne Burrows likes to say her little artists enclave is "hidden in plain sight" over a dollar store at the corner of Jos Campau and Caniff streets in Hamtramck. She and a small group of artists took an old apartment flat and turned it into Urban Fable Studios.

"It was totally a crazy mess when we moved in," says Marianne Burrows, co-founder of Urban Fable Studios. "Now there are six artists in there."

Burrows, a sign maker for Great Lakes Beverage Company, and her fellow artists found the 1,500-square-foot space last fall, leasing it in December. The six-bedroom apartment was filthy, in need of electrical work and plumbing repairs and a fair amount of other TLC. The group has now turned it into a studio and gallery space for themselves and other local artists.

"I want it to be known as a place that kicks out a lot of work and hosts some great events," Burrows says.

The space was originally a doctor's office in the mid 20th Century and later an apartment.

Source: Marianne Burrows, co-founder of Urban Fable Studios
Writer: Jon Zemke

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