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In 1959 Karsten and Ellen married and

started their family. While on subsequent

family vacations in Door County, they fell

in love with the Wisconsin peninsula’s

rugged beauty. In 1971, they purchased the

historic Larson Rooming House in Ephraim,

transforming it into the Hanseatic Art

Gallery and opening it to the public in 1972. 

In the heart of Ephraim, a historic former rooming house

built by the Ephraim founding Moravians in 1900, the

Hanseatic Art Gallery offers oil paintings, watercolors

and acrylics by Karsten Topelmann and Ellen Sprogø-

Topelmann in a variety of formats and subject matter.

For over 45 years, they have welcomed art lovers and

have sold to customers and collectors all over the US and

abroad. Sadly Ellen passed away in August of 2016, but

Karsten is still painting actively and running the gallery.

The name Hanseatic originates from Ellen’s birth city

Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg was a major port and an

imperial city in the Hanseatic League, a trading alliance in

Northern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries.

Framed prints of art work in numerous sizes as well as

boxed greeting and Christmas cards are available.

In-house framing allows for individual mat color and

frame selection.