La Maestra featured artist Terry Hansen
Rising Star, the first art piece in La Maestra's art
collection, was installed in July in the City Heights
health center lobby by artist Terry Hansen, a talented San
Diego resident and La Maestra patient renowned for his
The star is made of repurposed wood from around the globe including osage orange, padouk, purpleheart, maple, peruvian walnut and wenge woods. Rays of bocote and cocobolo wood were steam bent to fit the curve of the wall. For 43 years,
Terry has been transforming exotic woods into intricate abstract and geometric wood inlays. He believes that art is an expression of a person's spiritual being, and that art allows an empathetic connection between the artist and the viewer - a connection that is "one of the best hopes we have for improving culture and healing wounded hearts."