Fine art photographer Beth Wold of Grand Forks was named North Dakota Artist of the Year in the latest issue of Twin Cities Exploring TOSCA magazine.

In the magazine's The American Artist Series, 50 artists from across the nation were chosen and profiled to represent each state. According to the site's website, the goal of the series was to find artists "who excel in their work, are passionate about their art and create art that we believe our readers will appreciate."

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Wold, who hasn't participated in any art shows or fairs, said she was surprised to receive the email from Gail Weber, editor of the magazine, early this year.

"I don't really even know how they came across me," she said.

However, with a portfolio full of endangered animals and exotic landscapes, it's easy to see why Wold's photographs stood out from other North Dakota artwork.

"It's really nice because they can choose painters, sculptors ..." she said. Photography is sometimes overlooked as an art, so it's kind of nice to be chosen as a photographer.

Wold's photography can be purchased at

Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800)477-6572, ext. 1122; or