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Layl McDill
  • Female
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • United States
  • Mixed media polymer clay sculptures
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Layl McDill's Discussions

Critique of Booth Shot

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Nov 20, 2012. 4 Replies

Ahhh the Booth Shot- if I could have one wish from a fairy it would be to have the perfect booth shot!  This year I put a lot of effort into making a new booth shot.  I even created several pieces…Continue

Monitor Settings Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Vangrov Mar 5, 2011. 4 Replies

I have always noticed that different monitors seem to have different settings when it comes to images looking too dark or too light but yesterday I was shocked when I saw my new images that I had put…Continue

Tags: jury, digital, monitors, images

Collegehill in Cedar Rapids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linnea Lahlum Mar 18, 2011. 7 Replies

I was just wait listed for this show.  I've never done it and wonder if it is as good as they say it is.  I will still be double booking that weekend but I'd love to hear if this is a show to drop…Continue

Looking forward to meeting everyone

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow Nov 18, 2010. 4 Replies

Hello!I was thrilled to come across this site while searching for shows.  It looks like a great resource!  I have been a professional artist selling at art fairs mainly since graduating from art…Continue


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Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Burned Out? Your head is spinning?
"Great addition!  I have picked up rowing on a rowing machine at a studio at least 4 days a week.  It really helps keep my back in shape for tear down.  I find it makes a huge difference.  "
Apr 24
Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Burned Out? Your head is spinning?
"I love this article!  We should all keep it handy. I especially love the reminder that we are part of a FESTIVAL!  A celebration!  How lucky are we to get to be the center of this weekend after weekend.  We can't take it for…"
Apr 24
Layl McDill replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I can see why those with 2-D work, photography especially, would not want to have their work photographed.  I am a sculptor and photos do not begin to capture what I do so I am fine with people photographing my work.  I just always make…"
Apr 9
Layl McDill replied to Ryan Moyer's discussion Jackson vs. Boulder (Pearl Street)
"My rule of thumb is to try the show that is closer first and it sounds like your audience might be better in Jackson.  I've not done Jackson but I have done Pearl Street.  It was fairly busy but the buying energy was not what I had…"
Mar 27
Layl McDill commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"I agree with both Mark and Nels.  We are all in a constant struggle to do our best- make our best art and come up with the best images for the jury process.  Many times the best art is not the best art for the jury process so we are…"
Mar 8
Layl McDill commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"That is true.  As we pay more and more for jury fees just a little info would go a long way.  I would even pay an extra $5 to $10 if I knew I would get my scores, the cutoff point AND comments from the jurors.   "
Mar 4
Layl McDill commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"I hope that Krasl doesn't see this controversy as a reason to stop sending scores.  There are very few shows that send your scores which can be very helpful.  In past years when I was trying to figure out my best grouping (an ongoing…"
Mar 4
Layl McDill replied to Dawn Middleton's discussion Art Show Application App
"I would be interested. I use google sheets but I feel like something designed specifically for art fair artists could be really fabulous. I wouldn't need to have images on it just a way to keep lists of shows I am considering applying to. It…"
Feb 26
Layl McDill commented on Layl McDill's blog post Fundraising for Hurricane Relief
"Good luck to you Mary!  "
Sep 15, 2017
Mary Taglieri commented on Layl McDill's blog post Fundraising for Hurricane Relief
"It is so wonderful people reaching out to other artists. As a barely surviving Florida artist this storm has really hurt business and I now am looking to leave the state for drier climates like the desert. If anybody has any contacts in the…"
Sep 15, 2017

Profile Information

Your Medium
Mixed media polymer clay sculptures
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Columbus college of art and design student art fair in 1992
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting people and sharing my technique. Finding homes for my pieces so I can make more.
Best show ever and why
Morning Glory in 2006.  Sales were incredible.
Worst show ever and why
2009 at the Octagon Art fair was pretty bad because the wind blew my booth into a potter's- big mess, very sad!
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Random google search for info on a show

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Fundraising for Hurricane Relief

Posted on September 10, 2017 at 11:00pm 5 Comments

On Friday I got an email from St. Stephen's Church that puts on the St. Stephen's Art Show in Miami calling for help in boarding up the church to get ready for Hurricane Irma. For some reason this really hit me since I obviously couldn't do anything from Minnesota but I really wished I could help all the artists that are going to be or have already been effected by the terrible hurricanes this year.  I had planned to donate to the artist relief funds but when I thought about how I was going…


College Hill Arts Festival- Shade and Sales

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 10:04am 7 Comments

The College Hill Arts Festival is a Friday, Saturday show in Cedar Falls IA the third weekend in June. I have been told about this show for years and it finally fit into my schedule AND I finally got accepted (wait listed last year) I arrived Thursday night with a welcoming hail storm but once the skies cleared set up was easy.  It looked like most artists had set up before the storm (4:00 start for set up).  I waited out the storm for two hours and then was able to get my tent and display…


What's the Worst Art Fair Mistake you've made?

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 5:27pm 13 Comments

It's taken me a few weeks to get over my worst mistake ever.  Here's the story:

I spent all week thinking maybe I should cancel out of the Fall Festival of the Arts in Redwing that weekend.  The weather was looking cold, I had my parents coming into town on Sunday, I needed to spend time with my 16 year old and my husband was out of town.  I have never in 23 years of doing shows canceled out of a show so I felt super guilty about the prospect.  On Wednesday I actually went to website…


The Loring Park Art Festival tries a new weekend

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 9:59pm 2 Comments

The Loring Park Arts Festival had lived in the shadow of the Uptown Art Fair since it's inception 17 years ago.  Minneapolis had three major art fairs on the same weekend including the Powderhorn Park Art Festival.  This was A LOT of art for the public to take in all at once.  Only a few diehards made it to more than one.  Personally I started veering away from all three shows finding that the weekend was just oversaturated and spreading the buying "love" way too thin.  But when the Loring…


Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:16pm on November 4, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Layl. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 12:32pm on November 23, 2010, Kathleen Neff said…
Layl! Your work is fantastic! I look forward to seeing more of you and your work!
At 5:59am on November 24, 2010, Kathleen Neff said…
I really think the wealth of input here on a daily basis makes AFI the most valuable resource for working artists and craftsmen at all stages of professionalism, Layl. As I'm feasting my eyes on your slide show, YOU have a lot to talk about to ME ! Kathleen
At 11:10am on June 06, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Layl McDill a gift
Layl, thanks for your support. I really appreciate it.
At 10:53pm on May 16, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Layl McDill a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/16/2016
At 9:46pm on June 26, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Layl McDill a gift
Layl, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 9:46am on July 01, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Layl McDill a gift
Thank you, Layl, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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