2005 AWTF WILD TURKEY REVENUE STAMP
©2005 American Wild Turkey Foundation
Historically, the AWTF has
provided school age youngsters the opportunity to compete in their annual competition for
Wild Turkey Art to illustrate AWTF Wild Turkey Stamps.
Benevolence to the Arts and Wildlife
The Olathe Poste has had the priveledge to
produce the annual Revenue Stamps for the American Wild Turkey Foundation for several
years. It is always a pleasure to witness first hand the original artwork used for each
year's Turkey Stamps. One reason being is that the AWTF director, Mr. Henry Dean, has
provided young artists - grade school age - the opportunity to
compete in their annual art selection process each year. The American Wild Turkey
Foundation stamps of 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 featured wild turkey art by talented school
The 2005 AWTF Wild Turkey Stamp, however, featured the art of retired naturalist and
park superintendent, Wayne J. Chunat. Who uses first-hand observations, photography, and
museum speciman studies to capture the living essence of wildlife in his art.
An original, 8" x 10" mult-media (watercolor, acrylic, gouche) painting
created by Mr. Chunat, was reproduced for the 2005 stamps. In keeping with many similar
varieties of wildlife revenue stamps (State and Federal Duck Stamps, for example), the
AWTF stamps are large, colorful, and the AWTF makes them available to not only citizens of
the U.S. who are concerned with preserving suitable lands for the Wild Turkey. But also to
stamp collectors as single stamps, perforated and imperforate sheets, plus the option of
purchasing matching prints of the artwork used for each year's stamps.
We might add briefly here, that artists of all mediums can look to opportunities
presented not only by the American Wild Turkey Foundation, but many other organizations
worldwide, who proliferate the arts via artistamps of one form or another.
To learn more about the stamp program of the AWTF, visit their web site: