On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Cy Young Festival Committee will host its first art auction. Festival officials said they are proud to be partnering with artist Mark Lewis, a modern contemporary portrait artist who was born in Akron and now resides in Glendora, California.

Lewis's paintings have been shown in galleries all across the United States, and he is a direct descendant of an aunt to Cy Young, the Hall of Fame pitcher whose record 511 victories will never be broken, and whose name is on the award for the best pitcher in Major League Baseball each year.

Lewis is a descendant of Melinda Young (Cy’s aunt) who would be Mark’s third greatgrandmother.

Cy Young was influential in starting Newcomerstown’s first youth baseball league in the early 1950’s. Now, years later in the same spirit as Cy Young, Mark Lewis is supporting the Newcomerstown Cy Young Festival and its commitment to thr community with the opportunity of auctioning off pieces of his work to help raise funds for the festival and our many projects.

Festival officials said, "The Festival Committee is committed to the promotion of the village and its youth. We strive to provide a positive environment, enjoyable activities, and experience for all organizations and participants, with an emphasis for our youth athletic teams (baseball and softball) to grow and succeed. We are very excited about Mark’s generous donations for this fundraiser. The auction will feature original works of art, giclees on canvas and fine art prints. A highlight of the auction will be an original 30 x 40 portrait of Cy Young. Take this opportunity to support the youth of Newcomerstown and to own a piece of Cy Young's legacy. The entire catalog of 125 works of art can be viewed starting July, 16 through August 25 at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/6271/cy-young-days-charity-auction/ , when the auction will be live. Collectibles are available for every budget. We encourage you to register early with live auctioneers.com and pre-bid on items from mid-July through August. The live auction will start at 8 p.m. on Aug. 25.