- Mary Gaines has had a long-time interest in arts and crafts. However, a 2000 Better Homes & Gardens article featuring one-of-a-kind Santa Claus art dolls turned hobby to fascination. Expanding her longtime passion and skills for crafts, Mary sought educational workshops and opportunities with some of the most well known art doll artists. These include Jack Johnston, Barbara VanNoy, Diane Keeler, Misha Malpica and Mark Dennis.
Combining these talents with her gifted sewing and eye for detail, Mary has created her own line of art dolls, reflecting her unique artistry. Since 2000, various Mary Gaines Art Dolls have won awards, been featured in national magazines, and exhibited in regional and national shows.
- Doll Crafter, December 2005
Doll Crafter and Costuming, February 2006 and June 2006
- Magazine article in 2000 Making OOAK Santa Claus
- Plano Parks Christmas Crafts Fair, Heart of Texas, East Texas Doll Show, Florida IDEX and Arlington Junior League Holiday Magic