An art school, gallery and supply store, Art Metro helps make Canterbury the creative place it is. Metropol sits down with Malene Reynolds Laugesen to ask a few questions about her teaching role at the Papanui studio.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT ART METRO, AND WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOB SATISFACTION?
“About two years ago. I mainly teach oil and acrylics and teach three adult evening classes and one children’s afternoon class. Seeing the boost people get when a painting they’ve been struggling with starts to fall into place gives me the most job satisfaction.”
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE ROOM WHEN EVERYONE’S BUSY AT THEIR EASELS?
“It’s very relaxed. People chat amongst each other, and long-time students are really good at encouraging new students, who are often trying painting for the first time.”
WHEN NOT TUTORING AT ART METRO, YOU’RE FULL-TIME STUDYING AT UC, AND HAVE STARTED THE THIRD YEAR OF YOUR FINE ARTS DEGREE – WHAT’S AHEAD IN FURTHERING YOUR PASSION FOR ART?
“I’ve become fascinated with art history and the idea of curatorial work. I’d like to find a way to continue pursuing these and to find a balance between teaching and my own art practice. I think the two things feed into and complement each other. Painting, for me, creates a deep sense of joy, which I try to bring into teaching. Teaching also compels you to look more closely at your own practice and technique, which is a good challenge.”
As the name suggests, Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road, oozes quality. From the standard, superior and deluxe accommodation, to the smiling customer service of hotel staff, you would seldom find a better place to stay in Christchurch.
However, if the idea of dining out takes your fancy, then the Elms restaurant and bar, Fig, should be your first port of call. Start by choosing from the selection of exquisite entrées like Lemon Pepper Calamari, Haloumi Grilled Tikka or a Classic Ceaser Salad.
Moving on to the mains, the Slow Braised Canterbury Lamb Shank is a treat and the Duck Leg Confit glazed in orange and thyme makes for a mouth-watering combination. A great selection of Grilled Lamb, Chicken and Angus Beef is also on offer with your choice of sauces and sides.
For dessert, having a Mocha Dark Chocolate Tart, Mango Sorbet or Butter Milk Pistachio Pannacotta, provides the perfect conclusion to your meal. Gluten Free and Vegan options are also available as is a stunning selection of the finest wines, from locally and abroad.
If your night out consists of more than your nearest and dearest, Quality Hotel Elms can also cater for functions. With four conference rooms available capable of fitting 80 to 200 people, and access to the delicious delicacies from Fig, the Elms makes for the definitive venue for your next seminar or large social event.
The best designer clothing is supremely comfortable, toasty, and addictive. Ditto with accessories. This describes the wares at TAD. Even the wallets, key-rings and cuffs here have feel-good factor.
For real feather handbags sharing display space with fine sterling silver necklaces, cuddly merino ponchos and wholly desirable LTB denim and Black Orchid jeans, the TAD stores at either Pegasus, North Canterbury or Northlands, Papanui are great destinations.
TAD is actually a bit of a fashion-blogger’s paradise. That’s because cool pieces to coordinate co-exist here. The result? That ‘I just pulled on the clothes hanging over the end of my bed’ look, when you want the appearance of effortless. It’s non-matchy-matchy; authenticity plus attitude.
Even hats here are knubbly knits or that rarely found style essential; the felted, 100 percent woollen panama. And extra fashion points apply for this appearing in navy as well as ubiquitous black.
TAD offers delectable fluffy slide-slippers. There’s comfort mixed with IT-girl nonchalance and enough practicality to justify their purchase. “We buy and stock highly wearable clothes,” co-owner Tracey says.
TAD’s tactile, sensuous stock has labels like Ivy Blu, Naudic, Ministry of Style, Nyx & Min, Mooi, and Silk & Steel amongst many more.
When stepping into La Bella Nails & Lashes in Papanui, the serene oasis is a sensory surprise. Embellished in oak wood and neutral hues, the salon has been operated by Bella Tran and her five professional therapists for eight months.
Using superior natural products, the menu is affordable and divine – from perfectly applied nail polish for $15, to a 75-minute ‘Escape to Heaven’ package for $85. There’s amazing silken eyelash extensions and waxing treatments.
It is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, which melds gel and acrylic qualities in more than 350 powder-coated shades. “It can last up-to three weeks; the Vitamin E and calcium help nails grow beautifully strong,” Bella says.
She suggests bridal groups have their nails done a couple of days before the wedding.
Gift vouchers will make Mother’s Day bliss. Mothers and daughters often recline side by side for pedicures on what Bella likens to beach beds by the pool with adjustable lumbar support. Little princesses can have their nails done and, for men, MAN-icures and sport pedicures.
Bella takes hygiene very seriously, using a medical-grade autoclave sterilisation system. Also avoiding nasty chemicals and using organic where possible is imperative, such as the organic mandarin and mango rich moisture crème and the famed Butter London nail-polish.
“From the bottom of my heart, I can say making my clients truly happy is the most important part of my business.”
Conveniently open from Tuesday-Sunday 12A Main North Road (parking around the back), phone 03-352 9789, or booking online is easy at