The Chula Vista art scene is often ignored by San Diegans, but a new group hopes to change that.
Sixes and Sevens Artists Collective is bringing together emerging artists based primarily in southern San Diego County. Founder Andrea Aliseda, who once served as an intern for CityBeat, felt the need to motivate South Bay artists who have a lot of potential but few resources and help them share their work. She, in turn, would benefit as an artist by having her peers around for support.
"That's where I live, and that's where a lot of the people that I've met that are artistically inclined live," Aliseda says. "I just feel like there's a really big disconnect in the arts scene in general, and I do feel the artists and art scene in Chula Vista don't get as much attention as artists in other areas, like North Park. I guess, to me, that was an important factor when building the collective."
The name Sixes and Sevens comes from British cockney slang, with which the 22-year-old Aliseda is kind of obsessed. Hang out with her for longer than a minute and you'll eventually be treated to her Austin Powers impression. In fact, she heard the term "sixes and sevens" while watching an Austin Powers flick and thought it sounded cool. When she Googled the phrase, she found that it means to be confused or in a state of disarray.
"I just feel like that's an artist's state of mind sometimes," she says. "I feel like artists can be all over the place."
So far, the zany art makers that make up Sixes and Sevens include Aliseda, Rashid Hasirbaf, BobV, Malt, Barkdog, Oliver Felix, Luis Garcia, Barfalamul and Aubgoblin. Any others interested in joining would be welcomed with an enthusiastic "'Ello, guvna!" The friends have been putting on art shows for a couple of months at places like Evolution Fast Food in Hillcrest and Café Madeline in South Park, but Aliseda thought it was time to get more serious and organized and define themselves as an arts group—a power-in-numbers sort of thing.
"I find that when you do things in an established group, it's a lot easier to open doors for yourself as opposed to just being a loose, informal group of people trying to pursue something," Aliseda says.
She hopes to co-curate the first Sixes and Sevens art show by December. Other plans include opening a studio space where they can all work and hang out, finding sponsors for art supplies and eventually expanding the collective to include more varied types of artists, including performers, crafters and other creative types.
"I want to have it be a really nurturing environment for everyone, so we can grow as artists and push each other," she says. "I feel that, right now, it's limitless."