Coffee with a side of art

"Multi-stripers" on canvas, by Dick Iacovello

If you’ve ever been to Mocha Mott’s in Vineyard Haven, you’ve likely noticed the changing, often eclectic display of work by local talent. This month, feast your eyes on the work of artist Dick Iacovello.

Dick moved to the Island 20 years ago, and his art has evolved to include a wide range of mediums. His long running resume as an artist includes hairstyling, photography, silk screens, tie dye, and paper making among other forms. His work has been submitted to the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress and is under consideration as part of their permanent collection.

His latest prints feature bold colors with a pop style, many portraying lively twists on essential Vineyard scenes, including a woman jumping from a beach bridge and the Gay Head Cliffs. All prints are limited editions, a mix of multimedia and acrylic on canvas.

Dick was born an artist, but admitted that he didn’t know it until the 1960s, when he started silk-screening and then dyeing fabric. He had luck selling his work to B. Altman and Co. and Bendel’s department stores in New York City, and was rewarded with the means to travel abroad for two years, which he described as “the start of a love and art exploration.”

When asked, “What style do you work in?” the versatile artists responds, “I don’t have a particular style, I have themes. Whatever the theme, that is the style!”

Dick’s work will be on display at Mocha Mott’s, Main Street, Vineyard Haven, through the month of June. His original works are also available for viewing on Facebook, and are all available for purchase. Visit, or call 774-310-0072.