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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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Latest Activity

Layl McDill replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion We are back
"Congratulations Mark! So glad to hear the good news! I am so excited to get back to selling face to face too!"
Jun 15
Layl McDill replied to Larry Maynard's discussion Promoters
"I agree!  And there are so many "Art in the Parks"!  Sometimes I'm in multiples in one year and I can't keep them straight when they email.  They assume we know which one they are talking about but forget we have…"
Mar 31
Layl McDill replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Client won't accept commission - now what?
"Sonja- Wow this is a tough one.  I haven't experienced this myself with my own work but my husband is a tile maker and he gets all kinds of issues like this.  We of course have a policy that spells everything out ahead of time with no…"
Mar 12
Layl McDill replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I'm being conservative and hopeful.  My sights are set on June.  I won't apply to any shows that take place before then and mostly I will do shows that are carrying over my acceptance from last year.  I've decided not…"
Nov 20, 2020
Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post When Will This Happen Again?
"I too miss the camaraderie of all my art fair friends!  It's not just about making the sales but seeing each other and meeting new artist friends.   I seem to continually move the date in my mind that I hope to return to…"
Oct 19, 2020
Layl McDill replied to Brian Reagan's discussion Event Promoters
"I feel like there is so much mixed information out there as far as how soon we will be able to gather in large groups.  It is so strange to be applying for a show that takes place in mid July (Stockholm, WI) and then one day later have a show…"
Apr 5, 2020
Layl McDill replied to Raoul Duke's discussion Virus vs Art show. Will they show up?
"This I on my mind also. I literally made my first decision based on the virus yesterday - I decided not to apply for another show for the summer, thinking “should I really be filling my schedule up so much?” My fear is less “will…"
Mar 1, 2020
Layl McDill commented on Troy Smith's blog post Art Fair Etiquette
"Here's a trick I have figured out when #1 happens.  If a large group is blocking my booth entrance I go to the front of my booth and "herd" the group away by entering my booth.  You don't even say anything more than…"
Oct 18, 2019
Layl McDill commented on Nels johnson's blog post Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota— Hit and Miss for Many
"I was on Hennepin Ave- the section that faces into the street (without the traffic going through). I've been in both areas and not sure if one is better than the other though one friend said they didn't make it down the whole street so I…"
Aug 20, 2019
Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 3 Ways to Keep Your Tent from Flying Away
"I have to say I love my tailgater weights.  Last year I almost lost my booth in a storm and a friend of mine told me I had my booth weighted all wrong- weights should be at the feet of your tent not attached to the top and you shouldn't…"
May 28, 2019
Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post North America's top 500 retailers
"My theory on the future of retail is that as we all move to buying online and retail stores die out people will eventually crave shopping things in real life.  That is where the art fair will come in to save the day!  It doesn't make…"
May 21, 2019

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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Layl McDill's Blog

Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

I just did two great shows in the midwest that I had not heard of before this year.  One was Edward's Place Fine Art Fair in Springfield, IL, September 15th and 16th and the other was Edwardsville Art Fair, in Edwardsville, IL September 21-23rd in Edwardsville, IL outside of St. Louis.  

Edward's Place Fine Art Fair has been going on for 30 years and I think I just never looked for shows that weekend before because of previous commitments.  But it turns out this show fits a lot of the…


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…


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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