In the late 1800s, artist Sidney D. Crosier — of Southern Indiana’s Harrison County and then in his 30s — looked to be on a path to making a name for himself as an international artist. He had studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, having saved money to attend by painting houses. His art was in the impressionistic style and his portraits were shown at a Cincinnati museum and at the Art Institute of Chicago.
But when he was invited to study in Europe, he declined to care for his ill mother in Corydon. He continued to paint and was one of the area painters known as the Wonderland Way Artists before his death in 1930.
On Friday, Corydon’s Hayswood Theatre, 115 S. Capitol Ave., opens a play it commissioned last year — “Sidney D. Crosier: An Unfinished Portrait.” Playwright EllaRose Chary, an Indiana native, has worked with Playwrights Horizons and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She also is coordinator of research and development for The Civilians, a theater group that has worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Performances run through Sunday. For more information, call (812) 738-2138 or visit www.hayswoodtheatre.com.
— Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal