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For those too young to experience Woodstock and for those who can't quite remember it, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has put together a 40th anniversary exhibit of works by Burk Uzzle, a noted Woodstock photographer.

Burk Uzzle's Woodstock and Other Americana runs through Nov. 7 at the museum. To kick it off, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is hosting a Hippie Hop through downtown and Channelside on Saturday. Hoppers, preferably in their best '60s attire, can view the exhibit, then jump on the yellow trolley bus to area restaurants and bars.

The Uzzle exhibit, which is unique to the museum, features about 40 photographs taken at Woodstock and in small cities across America.

Central to the show are three black and white pictures from Tampa philanthropists Jim and Celia Ferman of Ferman Motor Car Co. Others are on loan from Uzzle, the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York and a private local collector.

Jim Ferman, who sits on the museum's board of trustees, met Uzzle and admired his work. He bought three of his Woodstock pictures - among them the iconic shot of a couple standing in an embrace under a quilt - and recently donated them to the museum.

Uzzle shot the festival from the eyes of a participant. Rather than document the music, he focused on the experience of the masses gathered at the Bethel, N.Y., dairy farm.

The Woodstock photos, many of them of naked hippies sharing pipes, make up most of the exhibit. The rest document Uzzle's views of America, including photos of John Herrmann's sock monkey collection at his Pasco County home in San Antonio. The museum also set aside space for the public's summer of love snapshots.

"We asked people to bring in their old photos of them in their days when they were hallucinating,'' said Joanne Milani, executive director of the nonprofit museum.

During the Hippie Hop, the museum will have a psychedelic light show by Danny Thro and '60s music by Ted Lukas from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and (unspiked) brownies will curb any munchies.

sthurston@tampabay.com

Flash back to Woodstock

The Downtown Hippie Hop is from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday starting at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at tampasdowntown.com. Woodstock photographer Burk Uzzle will give a gallery talk that morning at 10:30. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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