The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers some colorful ways to escape the gray chill of the Indiana winter.

Below are some highlights. Costs for all exhibits are included with general admission and free for IMA members unless otherwise indicated.

“Nature Close at Hand” open through May

The exhibition showcases several formats of Chinese painting — including album leaves, pages turned on a table and fans, as well as hand scrolls.

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“Chemistry of Color” open through Dec. 7

The final of the three exhibitions in the IMA’s CSI: Conservation Science Indianapolis series, the exhibit explores the relationship between chemistry and art by discussing the discovery of colorants used by artists throughout time, through objects from the IMA collection.

“Lilly Collection of Orchids in Watercolor” Jan. 6 to July 9

A selection of 30 orchid watercolors collected by Josiah K. Lilly, son of the founder of Eli Lilly and Co. and its president from 1898 until 1932. A wide spectrum of orchids, including cattleyas, oncidiums and paphiopediliums, are represented. Some of the orchids pictured were awarded honors by England’s Royal Horticultural Society.

Cereal Cinema: “The Mighty Ducks,” 10 a.m. Jan. 7, The Toby theater

$5/free for children 5 and younger

Cereal bar and coffee are included with ticket

“ART after 5,” 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2, Sutphin Fountain Room

Warm up with cocktails and coloring to discuss the works of Jacco Olivier, upcoming exhibitions and current events in the contemporary art world.

Cereal Cinema: “Tron” (1982) 10 a.m. Feb. 4, The Toby theater

$5/ free for children 5 and under

Cereal bar and coffee are included with ticket

Family Day: The Science of Art at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4

Explore the artful side of science. Participate in the blending of science and art with specialty tours, painting with robots and creating your own natural dye. Experience the science of movement through yoga. Meet Jacco Olivier, the contemporary artist behind the exhibition Liquid Painting, Liquid Time, and take part in hands-on digital animation.

Orchid Fever: Book Club, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Lilly House

Wine tasting: $5 Members/$7 Public (Advance registration required)

Discussion included with general admission and free for IMA Members

Join Sue Nord Peiffer, curator of Orchids: Cultivating Beauty, in an exploration of the enticement of orchids as we discuss Eric Hansen’s “Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy.” After the discussion, stroll over to the greenhouse to view the exhibition and sample wines paired with featured orchids on display, selected by IMA’s director of hospitality and sommelier, Joshua Ratliff.

Orchid Basics Workshop, 10 a.m. Feb. 18, Elder Greenhouse

$40 members/$50 public

Greenhouse staff will provide insights into watering, fertilization and re-blooming for next year. Each participant will get to re-pot an orchid to take home. Advance registration required.

Film screening: “The Architect Who Saw the Future,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23

$12 members/$18 public

Special screening of “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future,” followed by a post-film discussion with the director, Peter Rosen, and Saarinen’s son, Eric. The film explores the life of Eero Saarinen, the Finnish-American architect behind modern masterpieces such as St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, John F. Kennedy airport’s TWA terminal and the IMA’s own Miller House.

“Edible Orchids: Toast to Tastings,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Elder Greenhouse

$20 Members / $25 Public

Enjoy an evening surrounded by orchids while sampling wine and desserts inspired by the exhibition. Local chefs will develop delicious desserts inspired by the geometry, color and history of these captivating plants.

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