With her love for the Visual Arts, Carol Vanous-Bartkus has dedicated her entire life to spreading that love through education and support. A career teacher, she shared her talents at many Jeffco schools, ending her career at Lakewood High School. Carol and her family have been supporting the Jeffco Secondary Visual Arts Show for over a generation, from volunteer work to financial backing. They hope for the Arts to continue to inspire and shape future generations.
Carol and Dale Vanous-Bartkus
The Arvada Center
The Jeffco Schools Foundation Art Show has a long and wonderful partnership with the Arvada Center since 1977. The Curator and Director of Galleries, Collin Parson, offers this reflection: "In the Arvada Center galleries, our mission is to highlight artists from around Colorado and the western region. Anytime I speak with these artists, they can always point to a teacher that changed their lives and inspired them to pursue art as a career. Year after year, we see proof of this inspiration in the students that present their work in the Jeffco High School Art Show. For a student, putting your work on display for the first time is a powerful experience and, with a 50-year track record of partnership, we are proud to be a place that provides an outlet for students to show their passion and hard work."
We are honored to have passionate, caring, and devoted individuals supporting Jeffco’s students. One such individual, Betty Wetherbee, brought life and light and immense support to Jeffco through her personal and financial contributions to our District and to our student artists.
With gratitude for all she has given to our District and our students, and with regret for the loss of an amazing friend and Jeffco Arts Hero, we share that the family of Betty J. Wetherbee announced her passing in Waupaca, Wisconsin on February 20, 2020.
In remembrance, please consider donating to the Betty and Joe Wetherbee Arts and Music Fund.
“In my time at the Jeffco Schools Foundation, I got to know and love the donors who shared our belief in public education and the potential of the students of Jefferson County. Betty Wetherbee was not only a major Arts Donor, she was a compassionate friend, who insured that her legacy funding would continue to provide culturally enriching experiences for Jeffco’s students.”
-Anton Delgado, Retired Director of Marketing, Jeffco Schools Foundation