Georgia Patterson Boomer

Georgia Patterson Boomer, longtime resident of Barrington, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the amazing age of 92. Georgia was an accomplished artist/designer receiving her BFA from Pratt Institute’s Interior Design Art School in 1946 and until her death remained well known as a gifted watercolorist, set and interior designer. Georgia’s life was robust. After graduation she worked for American Home Magazine in New York City as a designer and illustrator. In 1948 she married Arnold Emery Boomer eventually settling in Barrington to raise their five children. During the early years of child rearing Mrs. Boomer worked from home as a watercolorist and illustrator, setting up her studio in the family’s dining room. In 1963, armed with a driver’s license, Georgia became Set Designer for The State Ballet of Rhode Island. 1964 brought a new position working as Designer/Delineator for the architectural firm, Heckert and Keller. Georgia continued working with The State Ballet not only as set designer but also sat on their Board. By 1971 she founded her own design firm with Luigi Bianco, forming Bianco/Boomer Designers, Inc., in Providence and became co-recipient of Residential Citation for Renovation, RI Historic District Commission, a Professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.), and received the prestigious National A.S.I.D. Scalamandre Excellence of Design Award. Mrs.Boomer was engaged in the community as well. A member of the Barrington Presbyterian Church, she designed and carved the church pulpit, created and built their cross and stained glass window, still in place today. Georgia supported students with hands-on guidance in college portfolio readiness, set design, and creative project work. Georgia was an avid music lover, with a love for sailing, gardening, and bridge. In her retirement she remained committed to her painting, widely recognized over the past fifty years for her award winning seascapes, doorways, florals and architectural watercolors shown throughout the country. Georgia’s ballet sets continue to flourish creating the towns, castles and forests of classical stories from around the world. Mrs. Boomer was a long standing member of the Providence Preservation Society, RI Historic District Commission, The State Ballet of Rhode Island, Veterans Memorial Auditorium Preservation Association, RI Fine Arts Council and the Governor’s Special Committee for Performing Arts. Mrs. Boomer is in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Interior Design. She is survived by her five children: Joan West, Dobbs Boomer, Sarah Poland, Patricia Jones, John Boomer, respective spouses/partners, and six grandchildren. Georgia’s memorial service will be held at the Barrington Presbyterian Church, County Road, Barrington on Saturday, September 19th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906.


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