MILFORD -- This region has been an inspiration to painters, poets and artists for generations, and New Hampshire Antique Co-op will showcase some of those creative views in "The New England Landscape: Works from the 19th-21st Centuries."

A wine and cheese reception for the exhibit and sale will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs gallery, 323 Elm St.

Among the artists represented in the display are William Sonntag, Robert Vonnoh, Aldro Hibbard, Henry Ward Ranger, Ben Foster, Eric Sloane, William Hart, William Jurian Kaula, Paul Sample, Frank Vincent Dumond and William Preston Phelps. Also included in the exhibit are contemporary New England artists Erik Koeppel, Dave Dodge and William Davis.

One prominent work in the exhibit is a Vermont landscape by Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925). Born in Lowell, Mass., and brought up on a farm in Maine, Metcalf studied with landscape masters in Boston and then in France. His interest in Impressionism led him in 1898 to become one of the founders of The Ten, a group of Boston and New York painters pioneering and promoting their work and the Impressionist style. In 1904, Metcalf sought a retreat in rural Maine. Inspired by the scenery, Metcalf went on to paint the diverse New England landscapes for which he became best known. He also was influential in the Cornish Art Colony, which was founded in 1885 by the notable sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

The exhibit will hang through Sept. 10. For more information, call 673-8499 or visit The shop is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.