Montgomery County on the Verge of an Art Boom

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Artwork hangs on display during the "Off the Wall" exhibit in Rockville, Maryland on July 11, 2014. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

Artwork hangs on display during the “Off the Wall” exhibit in Rockville, Maryland on July 11, 2014. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

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Montgomery County Art

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Montgomery County may not be the first place you think of when looking for beautiful works of art in the D.C. Metro area, but you may want to reconsider.

Tucked away just outside of Washington is a vibrant and thriving community of aspiring artists.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll reports that the Rockville art scene is somewhat of a secret among the locals, but the artists there are on the verge of a boom.

Glen Kessler of Washington Artworks says the area has been rife with talent for years.

“I think Montgomery County is really a special area. You’ve got a lot of people with an interest in the arts and a willingness to support it,” Kessler said.

Artist Jim Hoehn tells Carroll that he didn’t pick up a paint brush until later in his life, but has recently relished in his work.

“I actually came late to it, in my mid-50s I started drawing, and I guess I’d always been what I call a ‘doodler,'” he said. “But I started taking some classes, and I’m now full-time as an artist [at Washington Artworks].”

The prices of the art in Montgomery County also can’t be beat in a region which is home to some of the most expensive artwork in the world. Washington Artworks’ “Off the Wall” exhibit held on Friday featured pieces from more than 40 artists with items like an Adams Morgan graffiti series as low as $45.

Jim Hoehn shows off his painting at Washington Artworks. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

Jim Hoehn shows off his painting at Washington Artworks. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

A piece from Jim Hoehn hangs on display in Washington Artworks. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

A piece from Jim Hoehn hangs on display in Washington Artworks. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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