Craft Show

Come Visit Me at the Home Grown Holiday Fair in McHenry, IL

What are your plans this weekend? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I hope whatever you do, you have a chance to stop by the Home Grown Holiday Fair in beautiful downtown McHenry, IL. I will be there selling my brand new 2019 calendars, matted art prints, original paintings, and fun and functional canvas tote bags.

Home Grown Holiday Fair McHenry IL

Home Grown Holiday Makers Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mixin Mingle
1118 N. Green St. 

Home Grown makers fair is an exciting way to get to know and support me and many other local makers. You’ll also enjoy live music and makers demos, meet-the-maker opportunities, amazing shopping, makers basket raffles, food and beverage tastings and much more.

Here are a sampling of who’s going to be there this Sunday:

M. Leigh Rose POTTERY
Just-Joshin Custom Creations HAND-SEWN GIFTS  
Little Lady Impressions BABY/CHILDREN'S CLOTHING 
Beauty Wellness Pharm WHIPPED BUTTERS, SOAPS, ETC.
Cuginos Gourmet Foods, Inc. SOUP 
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces BBQ SAUCES

Guy Meets Girl

Fat Tomato Inc.

I can’t wait to see you!



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Swell Gallery - Return of Spring: 3rd Annual Nature-Themed Artisan Market

I have exciting news! I am one of the many artists featured in the nature themed artisan market at Swell Gallery, in West Dundee, IL. If you're local to the area, I would love to see you.

Return of Spring: 3rd Annual Nature-Themed Artisan Market

Apr 13–29, 2018


There is an artist's reception on Friday, April 13th and the show is on Saturdays and Sundays until April 29th.

I will have a selection of different size matted photos ready for you to take home and pop into a frame and some of my favorite paintings on display and for sale. 

succulent matted print from april bern
gnome matted photgraphy by april bern

These are just a few of the paintings that will be featured as well:

Pilea Painting by april bern
Pickly Pear Original Oil Painting by april bern
succulent trio original painting by april bern
collection of tiny succulent and cacti paintings by april bern

This will be a great opportunity for you to refresh your home/space for spring and to get a jump start on your Mother's Day shopping.

If you are unable to make it out to the show, you can still check out my photo prints and wide variety of original oil and acrylic paintings in my shop:


I hope to see you there!



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5 lessons learned from my first craft show

Last Saturday was my first time as a vendor at a craft show! It was such a great experience and I had a really great time.  It was held in a cozy indoor venue and the perfect sunny and unseasonably warm weather brought in lots of foot traffic from the small town square. And it was so nice having the opportunity to finally meet all the other crafty people I knew online and seeing their amazing work in person.

april bern art and photography 1st craft show

I sold enough to recover the cost of my table and a little bit extra. So that spells success in my book! :)

april bern art & photography craft show details

That being said however, things didn't go 100% as I would have liked. 

And therefore I learned some valuable lessons:


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1. I cannot and do not have to bring EVERYTHING that I have painted/printed. Seriously. I only have so much room on a table. While it was eye catching, my display was kind of overflowing with art stuffs; I had a box full of paintings that I didn't have the room to display! Plus I can always direct them to etsy and my other online shops to see more.

2. I need a better way to display my stuffs. I feel that a lot of things got lost because they weren't visible at all. Again, it was eye catching, but terribly impractical. 

3. I may need to re-think my price structure depending on the market. A couple of people visibly balked when they saw the price of some of my paintings (I really didn't think they were that pricey.)

4. I should have taken more photos. Of my table and set up, of me and my table... I just didn't have time to think about it.

5. I can't believe I forgot to have a signup book for the email list. DUH! That was totally a missed opportunity.


Good thing I have another opportunity at another arts & crafts show in two weeks! 


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Holiday Art & Craft Show Update

Remember back in my last post where I mentioned that I will be participating in a couple of holiday craft shows? I'm here to give you the details! I'm am so incredibly excited to be able to show/sell my work at the following venues:

December 2, 2017 Honey Craft Indie Craft Market

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Mixin Mingle - Woodstock. 124 Cass Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)



December 17, 2017 Revolution Craft Show

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
  • Revolution Tap Room 3340 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

I'm super excited, and truthfully, a little nervous (total introvert here!) I hope that you're able to stop by either (or both!) of the shows and say hi and pick up some excellent gifts for the holidays form me and other talented artists. I have a ton of matted photos for sale, a few photo acrylic blocks (these are so cool!) canvas tote bags, and paintings. I will also be showing off my moms fantastic handmade greeting cards.  

Hope to see you soon!


If you are unable to attend, or are not local, don't worry. You can still shop my etsy store:



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