The Triad Arts Theater in Yelm is a little more colorful after a contribution from a family of local artists.
A new stained-glass window sits atop the entrance of the theater, located at 102 E. Yelm Ave.
The window was designed by local sculptor Paul Keeslar. He had help from his son Kiernan Keeslar. Paul’s other son, Kale, and his father, Cliff, helped install the window Saturday morning.
Paul Keeslar said he’s known Steve Craig, owner of the theater building, for awhile and they had discussed the possibility of making a custom stained-glass window for the building.
Theater Director Cameron Jayne told Keeslar she wanted the window to reflect the theater’s logo. The triangle shapes in the window reflect the “triad” of the theater’s name, while the iconic “tragedy” and “comedy” masks associated with dramatic theater represent its commitment to the arts.
Jayne said she was excited to start adding visual art to the theater.
“This is important because … being a community theater, we should represent all the genres of art,” she said.
Jayne said she wanted the Triad’s logo included in the stained glass piece because the name of the theater, in part, is inspired by Mount Rainier’s three summits. She plans to eventually have a mural depicting the mountain painted on that side of the theater, she said.
The word “triad” also alludes to the fact that it’s a multidimensional theater, she said. The original triad of arts she had in mind was lectures, music and performing arts, she said. Now the theater has added stained glass to its repertoire.
Keeslar said he and his father have been artists “forever.” Cliff Keeslar was an in-house designer for The Upjohn Company, a pharmaceutical company, he said. Paul has been a successful sculptor, mostly working with stone, but also bronze, he said. His work includes a centennial monument in the town of Wilkeson, near Mount Rainier.
The family plans to hold an exhibition of their artwork at the theater next spring.