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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

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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 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
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
Layl McDill replied to Jessica Curning-Kuenzi's discussion Sturgeon Bay WI art fair
"I did this show about 10 years ago.  It was decent.  I've often thought of doing it again but I've been doing Chicago shows that weekend.  I would say if you aren't traveling too far to get there it is worth a…"
Mar 3
Layl McDill replied to Johnny Hulgan's discussion Any good recommendations on quite generators
"I'd like to add to this question- has anyone ever used Solar Power? I was talking to a camper recently and they said they make solar power units that have lots of power and simply plug in. Anyone checked this out?"
Jan 22
Layl McDill commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 Most Boring Tips for January Days
"Great list!  Since I just moved studios that part of my life is on my mind.  Organizing all your supplies so you can get to them easily is key to production when you need to crank things out between shows."
Jan 19
Layl McDill replied to Jessica Curning-Kuenzi's discussion Has anyone participated in College Hill Arts Festival in Cedar Falls Iowa
"Oh and yes the free housing with a host is wonderful!  Great way to save money and meet a local who will probably visit your booth and bring their friends."
Jan 19
Layl McDill replied to Jessica Curning-Kuenzi's discussion Has anyone participated in College Hill Arts Festival in Cedar Falls Iowa
"Hi- I wrote a review on the 2017 show here on Art Fair Insiders- you can probably find it by searching it.  I agree with Randy it was slower last year but still a very good show.  If you live close I would definitely check it out- even if…"
Jan 19
Layl McDill replied to Ellen Cohen's discussion Tents/Tent Weights
"I have to say after years of using pc pipe with concrete I have recently purchased "US Weight Tailgater Canopy Weights".  They are made for canopies and worth the price (about $30 per leg if you put 20 pounds per leg but you can get…"
Jan 14
Layl McDill commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Maitland Rotary Review, 11-17 & 18, 2018
"Rick- I can tell by your awesome attitude that you will be successful in this business.  You are willing to learn as you go and you know how to enjoy the full experience!  Good luck with Coconut Grove! This year I found good success with…"
Nov 22, 2018
Layl McDill commented on William Lee's blog post Rating Howard Alan Art Shows..
"I’ve heard mixed reviews on Howard Alan. I’ve only done one of his Florida Shows (Stuart) last winter and did not find it a good fit for my work. It seemed to me that the work that was selling was very traditional- not contemporary or…"
Oct 10, 2018
Layl McDill commented on Nels johnson's blog post The Shaw Art Fair (SF)—Last weekend in St. Louis
"Nels it was great to finally meet you and sit next to you at the artist dinner! Very fun to hear you tell stories of your first shows to the newbie at the table! Glad to hear Sunday was a big day for you. The show came out awesome for me too. This…"
Oct 10, 2018
Anthony bodnar commented on Layl McDill's blog post Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest
"The Edwardsville, Il show is hit or miss.  I have done it from the start and it is deffinitly not the same show it was the first 2-3 years.   This year I sat it out as sales where low and people were sparse last year.   I…"
Oct 2, 2018
Layl McDill commented on Layl McDill's blog post Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest
"I'll be back down in the same area at Shaw in St. Louis in two weeks.  I'm curious to see if this show is as good- maybe the economy for art buying is good in the St. Louis area.  Last year Shaw was pretty much rained…"
Sep 27, 2018
Connie Mettler commented on Layl McDill's blog post Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest
"Thanks, Layl. You are really good at ferreting out some quiet gems. I don't know anything about these shows. I just ran across this article about the Edwardsville Art…"
Sep 27, 2018
Colin Murray commented on Layl McDill's blog post Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest
"Layl-What a wonderful report. Thanks for the post. "
Sep 26, 2018
Layl McDill posted a blog post

Two "Edward" Shows - Hidden Gems in the Midwest

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 criteria…See More
Sep 25, 2018

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Your Medium
Mixed media polymer clay sculptures
Years in the Art Fair Business
18
First show ever
Columbus college of art and design student art fair in 1992
What is your website?
http://Www.claysquared.con
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Random google search for info on a show

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:16pm on November 4, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, 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
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Layl, thanks for your support. I really appreciate it.
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 5/16/2016
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Layl, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
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