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Ruby's Art Market to help young artists learn the business side of art

WICHITA — Retired art teacher and high school counselor Janice Thacker thinks there are a lot of potential young artists in Wichita, and she wants to help them.

"I know there are some talented kids here, and they just need an outlet."

So Thacker wants to create an open-air market for students and others to sell art east of Grove on the southwest corner of 13th and Green streets. She's attempting to rezone the land from residential to commercial.

"The idea is to have students learn the business end of art because many people see art as an extra, and there's really a market for them to develop business skills," Thacker says.

For instance, she says artists could create cards, scarves and jewelry, duplicate them and sell the merchandise at the market.

"They start to see there's a market for (art) as business."

In addition to helping students, Thacker says the idea is "to kind of help to change the climate of the area."