Esther M. Groome watercolor added to the Gallery.
The latest addition to the Gallery. Looks a lot better now than when we received it.
Esther M. Groome (1857 – 1929) was an artist, teacher and an organizer of art exhibits. She came to Carlisle, at the age of twenty-one with her father, Thomas Groome, who had ancestral roots in Cumberland County. Called Tillie by her family and friends, she studied drawing in Baltimore at the Charcoal Club under Andre Castigne, and attended classes at the Maryland Institute of Art Coming back to Carlisle in 1882, and became a teacher.
Eventually she left to become the art teacher at the State Normal School in West Chester. (now West Chester University.) She became friends with Mary Cornwill, who had studied sculpture with St. Gaudens, and Mary Butler, a painter who had established a studio in Philadelphia, and quickly enrolled in both evening and Saturday classes at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. She studied under Fuchs, Brechenridge, Cecilia Beau, Anschutz and Robert Henri. Moreover, she also encouraged her outstanding students to enroll. Of them all Ruth Anderson, her niece, came to be with her for a few years in 1907, bringing her aunt much pleasure, and later outshining her aunt in wider renown as a painter. In 1905, Miss Groome went abroad to study under William Merritt Chase, in Spain, and again in 1912, in Belgium and Holland.
Later she spent summers painting Gloucester and Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Here the landscape was far different from that of Pennsylvania. The summer skies, the shimmering ocean and its inlets and the sailing ships contributed to her growing delight in color.
She was to return almost every summer to the area where much inspiration was found by many artist groups. She developed wider interests and became more attracted to watercolors. Some of these she later exhibited at the Philadelphia Academy and, on occasion, showed in exhibits of the New York Watercolor Society.
Her artistry, her dedication to teaching, the outreach in organizing exhibitions, were all part of her spirit. From her early well-constructed paintings to the freedom she found in impressionist subjectivity, Esther M. Groome’s works speak eloquently.