Creative Clay Executive Director Kim Dohrman (left) with Hal & Willi.

Mask Appeal: Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky cover up in style

Now that face coverings have become so central to our health, we might as well wear them in style. In that regard there are few couples with a stronger mask game than Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky. A stylish pair no matter what the occasion, they’re longtime supporters of the local arts scene, particularly theater — Hal’s a board member at American Stage, Willi’s on the board at Jobsite — so it follows that they not only have a distinctive mask “wardrobe,” they also like to highlight designs by local artists, like the exuberant styles being made by artists with disabilities at Creative Clay and those being turned out by American Stage costume shop manager Jill Castle (aka Nilla Bean). Here’s a small selection of the couple’s favorites. (All photos courtesy Hal Freedman.)

Hal & Willi model masks from their wardrobe.
More from the wardrobe.
The couple in masks by Nilla Bean, with Allison Harris at the St. Pete restaurant Baba.
Willi with an unmasked friend.
Hal in a mask by Johnny Was. Willi sewed the button on his cap to hold the ear strap.
A selection of mask designs by Creative Clay member artists, available at
St. Petersburg City Council Member Gina Driscoll in a mask by Creative Clay artist Cornell W.
Hal in a 2-ply cotton mask with filter pocket and filter by Vida. The solid color would work “for formal wear,” Hal suggests — or, it seems, when you’re working mermaid security.