Our history

Cummings 1 opened November 7, 2003 as a combination art gallery and bookstore serving the cultural needs of Valparaíso. Our exhibitions of photographs, paintings and lithographs from local artists drew an appreciative crowd at our popular art openings. 

In 2005 we evolved our emphasis from art to books, adding many titles in English. Our selection and volume of books has steadily increased. We still have special art displays and other public events, such as poetry readings and story telling.