"Artie" raised more than $4,000 for the Seahorses by the Bay project in a $5-a-ticket raffle for the sculpture last weekend.

The seahorse sculpture, decorated by local artist Christine Miller, was won by Henry and Darlene Smalls of Oxon Hill.

"Tribute to the Arts," the seahorse's formal name, was designed by Miller to depict various fields of art. Miller teaches art at the Calverton School in Huntingtown.

Her seahorse was part of a public art project in which students from 25 schools in Calvert County decorated identical six-foot seahorse sculptures.

The Seahorses by the Bay project hopes to raise at least $25,000 and give $1,000 to the art departments of each participating school. The largest fundraising period will occur this fall when all the seahorses will be auctioned. The auction schedule will be announced this summer.

The Seahorse by the Bay Committee continues to seek the public's help in locating the stolen seahorse known as "Starfish." The statue was taken from the front lawn at Adam's Ribs restaurant June 25. It is believed that the statue was stolen between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Anyone with information about the theft should contact the Calvert County Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800.

Sculptures like "Artie," above, are being raffled off to support Calvert school art programs.