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Cindy Pavlinac

  • 1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
  • Pavlinac Photo Arts Studio #37

About The Artist

Artist Statement

Photography is all about light. Without light, there is only darkness.
My art is contemplative photography, combining camera craft with a musician’s timing to snatch slivers of ever-flowing light, color, movement, mystery, portals.
Subtle worlds reveal gifts to those who slow, look with heightened awareness, see with gentle presence. We can slip into a pure world of wondrous nature, timeless patterns, magical seeing, and return with images of quiet power, calm peace, true hope. As a photographer, I lure images out of wisps of time, seeking alignments back to source, revealing the convergence of inner and outer landscapes, spinning complex tales of pilgrimage, ancient and modern, imaginative and real, questing towards expressions of the extraordinary.
We are called to the journey and by wandering, we find our way home.


Cindy Pavlinac is an artist, writer, musician and labyrinth walker with backgrounds in art, archeology, astrophysics, and Consciousness Studies. She has a MA in Arts & Consciousness Studies, a MFA in Creative Writing and Narrative Medicine, and is a founding studio artist at Arts Works Downtown in San Rafael, CA. Cindy journeys between worlds focusing on the power of place, exploring sites of indigenous wisdom and deep community to intuitively communicate the beauty, mystery, and transformation of intentional travel. Her photo essays and multimedia productions focus on ancient places of power, and images from her Labyrinths of Spirit and Grace photo library have been widely published in dozens of magazines, CDs and book covers including in Time Magazine and as Principal photographer for the books, Labyrinths and Sanctuaries of the Goddess. An exhibiting artist with hundreds of shows and awards, she has presented at events from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to Oxford University in England. She is a certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Integrated Learning Specialist and adjunct Assistant Professor in Visual Studies at Dominican University, San Rafael, CA. Recent exhibits include Gallery Route One and the DeYoung Museum Open, San Francisco.

Art Medium(s)

Digital Art, Photography, Glass

Studio Information

Building Name

Art Works Downtown

Studio Or Unit Number

Pavlinac Photo Arts Studio #37

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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

The DeYoung Museum Open 2023, San Francisco.

Over 200 group exhibits including Art Works Downtown, Artisans, Falkirk Cultural Center, Marin Civic Center Galleries, Marin Community Foundation, O’Hanlon Gallery, Richmond Art Center, San Rafael Corporate Center, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Spotted Fawn Gallery, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Barlett Gallery Livermore Station, Center for Global Spirituality, JFKU Arts & Consciousness Gallery, LA Galeria Otra Vez, Kalamazoo Light Fine Arts Gallery, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Plus 33 solo exhibits including Book Passage, Chez Pierre, Community Congregational Church, Divine Feminine, Grace Cathedral, Mill Valley Library, Numina Center for Spirituality and Arts, Seventh Heaven, Small World Travel, Smith Ranch Homes, Thompson Dorfman, often featuring multimedia artist talks.

Conference Presentations include the Writing for Change ConferenceSchool of the Sacred FeminineSacred Space Foundation UKSacred Journeys Oxford UK.


Dozens of magazine covers, illustrated articles and photo essays including Artists DialogueCrescentChrysalis ReaderCreative LivingFaith and Form, Labyrinth JournalMarin MagazineRoadMAPPShaman’s DrumShift, Spirituality and Health, SunWorldWoman of Power.


Purchase Awards for permanent collections include the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI; Contra Costa Alliance for the Arts, CA; Labyrinth Society.

Multiple Marin local awards from the Mill Valley Arts Commission, Mill Valley Weekend, Livermore Cultural Arts Commission.



MFA in Creative Writing & Narrative Medicine
MA in Arts & Consciousness Studies
BA Art and Photography
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Visual Studies, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA; Digital Portfolio Fellow, Big History, Service Learning, Effective Communication
Integrated Learning Specialist Certification, Marin County Office of Education, San Rafael, CA
Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Pro Bono Photographer, Veriditas, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

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