Dairy Arts

2590 Walnut Street

Boulder, CO, 80302

Layl’s piece “Something is Happening Beyond the Garden “ is part of this group exhibit.

Small Works at Woman Made Gallery

Women Made Gallery

2150 S. Canalport

4th FL,

Chicago, IL 60608



All works in this exhibit are less than $200. Layl has two pieces that were juried in.

Animal Group Show

opening reception Nov. 17th, 5-7 pm.

Paradise Center for the Arts

321 Central Ave N.

Faribault, MN 55021

Layl was invited to show her work for this curated exhibit. She created a new mixed-media turkey and is showing two other animal teapots.


Eagan ArtWorks

3795 Pilot Knob Road

Eagan, MN, 55122

An image of Layl’s piece “Overloaded with Beginnings and Ends” will be blown up and added to the Artworks gallery walls as “wallpaper”. This will be a very interesting exhibit!
The opening Reception is November 6, 2022, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Peggy’s Boutique

A great place to grab some unique handmade gifts! Layl has many ornaments and kits available plus some one-of-a-kind vessels.



Three Rivers Art Festival

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00 AM-Sunday, November 13, 2022, 5:00 PM
Covington, LA

Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival

Fri, Nov 4, 2022 10:00 AM – Sun, Nov 6, 2022 4:00 PM

Seville Drive

Pensacola, FL 32503

Layl will be at booth “Rockwell 14”

Location: Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida

Festival Hours: 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday
Children’s Festival: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Admission to the festival is free

Color Never Had it So Good

Sunday, October 23, 2022

10:00 AM  1:00 PM


Unity Unitarian Church

733 Portland Avenue

Saint Paul, MN, 55104


Color Never Had it So Good is the title of an exhibition featuring the polymer clay works of Layl McDill and the ink and acrylic paintings of Anna Karena.

McDill creates sculptures from polymer clay and found objects.  She uses the magical technique of millefiori, a process developed by the Egyptians to place tiny images into rods of glass called canes, creating a virtual palette of pictures that cover all of her pieces.  Stories have been a theme in McDill’s work since she began her career in 1993. Her pieces carry elements of life’s narratives, and she has also explored storytelling as a performer and as a way to engage with others.  McDill hopes to create art that leads others to come up with their own stories.  She recently completed a commission for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain at the University of Minnesota.

Karena paints with a vibrant palette of acrylics and inks. She approaches the canvas with no plan or idea in mind, working intuitively by making marks or spreading paint randomly.  She describes her process as a dance, in which she moves and responds to each new mark and color until she begins to see a direction emerge.  This keeps her art honest, true, and authentic. The resulting work leads to self-acceptance and inner peace.  She invites us to view her paintings with an open heart and mind, allowing the work to fill us, as we too find our steps in a dance of self-discovery and acceptance.

November 2020 Layl Newsletter

Virtual Clay Parties

Want to get together and play with clay with family members over the holidays but you aren’t able to be together?  It’s possible with a Zoom Clay Party!  Your family can be in six different states and you can still connect with a fun clay project.  I’ll ship out your supplies and each person can choose their own final project or we could all do the same project. It’s up to you.  Contact to get a Clay Party set up today!

A basic party starts with learning how to make two or three millefiori canes. Once the canes are crafted everyone can use their slices to cover an object or make an animal.  It’s so fun to see what your friends and family come up with!

  • $125 / 2 Hour Class
  • $10 Supply fee / Person
  • $10 shipping per location, curbside pick up also available.
  •  Contact Layl to arrange:

Click here to read the whole Newsletter

September Clay Squared Newsletter -Layl Edition

We are all looking for ways to make a difference these days. For myself, I’ve decided to work on “get out the vote” efforts. Right now there isn’t an opportunity to go door knocking, so I was very excited when I came across these postcard and letter writing efforts.  I’ve had some fun making cute post cards to get voters to sign up for mail voting in Florida. It was fun to use my stickers and colorful pens for these projects. To read the whole newsletter click here.

Clear Lake IA Solo Show: A Sprinkling of Story Seeds

A solo show in Clear Lake, IA called: A Sprinkling of Story Seeds starting April 5 – 30, 2022

Unity Unitarian with Anna Karena

Spring or Summer 2021

Austin Artworks Solo Show

Solo show in Austin Minnesota from January 15th 2021 to March 27th 2021.

Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection
Friday, April 24th 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 25th 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 26th 10am to 5pm
Birmingham, AL

Woodlands Waterway Festival of the Arts

April 4th and 5th
Woodlands TX

Dogwood Arts Festival

Friday, April 17th – 12:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, April 18th – 10:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, April 19th -12:00- 7:00pm

Piedmont Park, Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Art in the Wright Place

Saturday, November 23, 9 am 5 pm & Sunday, November 24, 10 am – 4 pm

First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI

Three Rivers Art Festival

200 through 600 blocks of Columbia Street in Historic Downtown Covington, LA