No Sour Meadows

A Private Tour of Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner's Avant-Garde Country Paradise

Stretching across 500 acres of Charlottesville, Virginia, is Estouteville, a 19th century Edwardian ranch and home to arts patrons and textile entrepreneurs Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner. An artist, writer and theater producer, the German-born Ost, together with her philanthropist partner Kuttner, discovered the idyllic estate in 1982, when she swung a pendulum over a map of the East Coast which led her to Albemarle County. “There are endless treehouses, sculptures, and art pieces made by other people on the property,” says today's filmmaker Columbine Goldsmith. “They live a life that is very community-based and focused on encouraging the talents of the people around them.” Ost’s idiosyncratic personal style and snow white, purple-tinted hair have earned her a cover of the New York Times Magazine and editorials for Harper’s Bazaar, while Kuttner is the unlikely gourmand, using the grand scale of their private playground to grow local produce. “We really followed them around on what is more or less a normal day,” adds Goldsmith, who was joined by the couple’s granddaughter, Eva, as the family explored the nearby lily pond, with its very own resident snake. “Every part of the farm is a seamless fusion of wild eccentricity and homely life.” 

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  • ToddAnthony.org
    Unsure what to make of this as a poor person..?..? ,,it is criminal really. This Ms Ost is a fascinating woman, and I'm in love with her nostrils, so powerful! ...she is something (magical child also..) : )
  • HeatherCeleste
    ok i must know the make and model of this camera- I don't need to know the hovering drone the camera was on . - I truely feel like Metaphysical Spectator in this - I am in the scene with them but like a watcher- This camera is wow
  • Gail B
    A true magical tour of the universe. Thank you very much for the awareness.
    • Posted By Gail B
    • August 29, 2013 at 10:57AM
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  • YMuller
    Beautiful work. Here in the Hudson Valley spirits do walk through the paths and fields, too. Yvonne Muller, Warwick, NY yvonnemuller.com
    • Posted By YMuller
    • August 20, 2013 at 11:02AM
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  • gabval
    A beautiful film that captures well in colour, light, sound and imagery the creative force of Trixi Ost and Ludwig Kuttner. True great artists in everything they do, Their life honours creativity at it's best. Estouteville it is an amazing place, blessed with the heart of the land. while taking a walk there I asked Trixi how was that the american indians lived in the property, I said ..."was the reservation close buy or inside of the large property"...and she smile and said why you asked that...I smile back..._"what do you mean" _"The have been following us walking behind the trees in full atire, feathers and all" She said...NO what you see is their spirits. Then the experience became even more magical.
    • Posted By gabval
    • August 20, 2013 at 9:36AM
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