About Berkshire Fine Arts
The Berkshire Fine Arts website was launched in August, 2006 by Publisher/ Editor Charles Giuliano. Since the 1960s he has held staff, editor and contributor positions on a range of publications including the Boston Herald Traveler, Art News, Art New England, Boston After Dark/ Phoenix, The Avatar, The Patriot Ledger among others. He ran the exhibition program for New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where he also taught art history and the humanties. He was formerly an adjuct professor at Boston University, U. Mass. Lowell, Salem State College and Clark University.
The mandate of Berkshire Fine Arts has been to cover all aspects of the arts in the Berkshires including four major theatre companies- Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival- Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, and the major museums including Mass MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, Williams College, and the Berkshire Museum.
In the past several years BFA has attracted a staff of remarkable contributors. They bring their special interests from a broad spectrum of the arts as well as geographical locations. Through their efforts there is consistent coverage, beyond the Berkshires, to New York, Boston, Chicago and, as they travel, the world.
Since the beginning BFA has always welcomed qualified contributors. Some have written the occasional article while others cover the arts frequently. Astrid Hiemer, formerly an administrator at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT is an editor and contributor who is launching a series of projects with global artists. Mark Favermann, formerly an editor of Art New England, covers design, architecture and theatre. New York/ Chicago correspondent Susan Hall covers opera, classical music and theatre. The renowned art critic David Bonetti now covers opera in Boston. Former Broadside editor, David Wilson, writes about folk music. Zeren Earls writes on travel and the arts. New York critic Edward Rubin writes on the fine arts and theatre.
A feature of BFA has been an ongoing series of in depth interviews and dialogues often published in a number of installments. These have ranged from the classical actor, John Douglas Thompson, to Steve Nelson, on rock in Boston, David Wilson on folk music, Larry Murray and Greg Cook on critical issues. There are more such dialogues in the works. We also regularly interview and write features on the artistic directors, performers, artists and programs of the major arts organizatons in the Berkshires and beyond.