The Montgomery County Department of Recreation is seeking works by county artists for the county's permanent art collection.

Artists who live, work or exhibit in the county may submit two or three works for possible selection. Watercolors, prints and drawings will be considered.

The works should be taken to the lunchroom of the Recreation Department in the Round House Building, 12210 Bushey Dr., Wheaton, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12.

Works may be picked up from 5 to 8 p.m. April 12. For information, call Martie Chidsey at 469-8438 or 468-4232. Soapbox Derby Registration

Registration is being taken for the 1983 Metropolitan Washington Soapbox Derby.

Boys and girls age 10 to 15 are eligible to compete July 16 in the local contest of homemade gravity driven racing cars at 22nd and Varnum streets NE in the District.

Contest sponsors say now is the time to register and to start building a racer because it takes four to five months to build a good car.

Local winners in the junior and senior categories will be invited to a week-long camp in Akron, Ohio, culminating in their participation Aug. 13 in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

For information, call 893-7942 or 229-0118.