I heard that she had to ask as high as Kevin Lembke for permission to paint the bear. It's a rumor, but still, I think it's good to hear that the park didn't leave such an icon to anyone below him.
Anyway, the Bear's Paw is closed, and I don't mind it being there since it fits the new shop. I know it doesn't look very rustic, but it fits the authenticity of the village just as much as a Viking battering ram. To be fair, it's also pretty tucked away and I assume it could be repainted for each season. I like it, but I don't want much more of it either. It could look like 2014 Banbury very fast.
Edit: Also, I'm glad that the store is off the main pathway since photos are not permitted in the shop. It's better than taking up an area where people will take photos and happen to infringe upon that rule. That happened with another artist last year in Rhinefeld and it bugged me to no end that that artist fussed at people for taking photos of the centerpiece in the gift shop. This altogether provides a much more friendly atmosphere and I can't think of any other place that lends itself so well to an art gallery than a log cabin.
I wanna know why they made a hamlet themed after what's basically Canada in a Europe-themed theme park. They've already got a wooden coaster themed to Vikings, so why stop there? They might as well just retheme the hamlet to Scandinavia or smthg.