The art world has lost a familiar presence with the recent
death of Ed Groome. Ed and his wife, the painter Martha Groome, were always
present at every art opening of note, and many that were pretty obscure. They
would travel sometimes enormous distances to be part of an opening. It was not
unusual to go to see a friend’s show at some little gallery at the end of the
last road on a peninsula and find Ed and Martha already there. Their presence
was generous moral support that artists greatly appreciated.
Unlike many of us, Ed was good in rooms full of people. It
was a comfort to see him in a crowd of strangers, to know that there was
someone there who was easy to talk to and talk with. He had a satchel full of stories of the
sometimes odd behavior of his many friends in and out of the art crowd, and
would share them easily. He lent his
affable presence and moral support to these sometimes difficult events, making
them easier and better than they otherwise would have been.
He will be greatly missed.